Just after I put up a blog about assessment centres I got a question about how to prepare for a situational judgement test, SJT.
SJT is a set of exercises created to measure your behaviour and attitude to work-related situations. It gives the employer an insight into your decision-making process or style within the work environment. You will also get a better understanding of the role and kind of work situations you might encounter in the job for which you are applying.
You will be presented with some different scenarios that you are likely to experience in the job. You are then given a number of different suggestions for each scenario, usually about 3 or 4. You will be expected to make a choice and judge which is the most appropriate or effective action to take if you were faced with such a situation. Some answers are either ‘multiple-choice’, ‘ranking’, ‘most effective’ or ‘rating’ and you might also be expected to provide a rationale for your answers. There is generally no time limit, but you might find that some employers have a cut-off point
The situations are generally based on real-life aspect of the job. So for example, you might be asked as a member of a consulting team, you notice that the numerical analysis of another team member, John, is missing some important data and will affect the team’s final recommendations. John, however, is very confident about this section of his report and is not interested in your opinion. What are you most likely to do and what are you least likely to do in this situation?
To prepare for these tests you will have to practise and practise again. Since there is no particular training or knowledge required, start with the employer’s website, where you might be given an opportunity to practise the test and provided with additional information about what is expected, how many questions and how much time. This will at least present you with an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the format. When you practice please pay particular attention to the presenting situations, what you are being asked to respond to, the possible answers and whether you are being asked for information about your most/least likely response or your judgement.
To practise these tests visit www.assessmentday.co.uk/soas and register. Once you have registered, you should receive a confirmation link that will give you access to your own members area of Assessment Day. Once you’ve completed the tests, you will also be able to review your results.