Situation Judgement Tests (SJTs) are multiple choice tests that consist of short descriptions of job-related scenarios. For each situation, several actions are listed that could be taken in response to it. Respondents are required to make judgements about the effectiveness of the actions provided. SJTs have become increasingly popular as tools for recruitment because they can assess skills not assessed by other measures, such as problem-solving and decision-making.
You will usually be asked to take an SJT as part of the application process or in some cases during an assessment centre. Although there is no time 'limit' as such, test creators will have guidelines for the typical length of time people take to complete their test; however if you take longer than that it doesn't matter. A growing number of SJTs are now bespoke to the recruiting organisation, or to a specific role. Therefore it is important that you have a good understanding of the organisation you are applying to, their values and the skills they are looking for.
Our tips to ace SJT's are:
- Practice, practice and even more practice! Assessment Day offer a free practice test which may help you feel more confident.
- Answer honestly and don't try and second guess what the employer is looking for.
- Base your choices / answers on the information provided; do not make assumptions about the situation or scenario, even if it is similar to one that you have come across yourself in the past.
- Do bear in mind the skills and qualities required to undertake the role you have applied for; this will allow you to enter the correct ‘mindset’ to judge the options effectively.