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Situational Judgment Test Tips

Are you taking a Situational Judgment Test (SJT)? Our experts have gathered some essential tips to secure your success on the test. Read more below to see how JobTestPrep can help.
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There are several job types in which one may be required to take a Situational Judgement Test, such as law enforcement, management, public service, etc. Across all of these fields the SJT is meant to discern your ability to make responsible and accurate decisions, an understanding of your work capacity, and your comprehension of the organization’s hierarchical structure.

Situational Judgement Test Tips

Before taking any test you need to become familiar with the types of questions that you may encounter while taking the test. Keep in mind that there are different types of Situational Judgement Tests administered. The tests may vary depending on the position, location, etc.

To help you prepare for all SJTs we have provided you with three lists of helpful tips to lead you to success.

General Test Taking Tips

These 5 helpful tips will set you up for success not only for the SJT but for other tests that you may encounter when taking other tests.

  1. Read each of the given scenarios and each possible response carefully before answering. Though one answer choice may seem appropriate, there may be another one which is more sensible.
  2. Use only the given information and do not assume any information that is not provided in the question.
  3. Treat each of the responses individually: think what each response is saying about you as an employee, and consider whether choosing it represents your qualities.
  4. Use the SJT to present your best self - when responding, choose what you should do and not what you may be likely to do.
  5. As with any important test, be sure to read all instructions carefully. If there is a question that you are unsure of the answer, mark it and move on. If you have time at the end, you can return to it.
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SJT Useful Tips

These 6 useful tips are specifically for Situational Judgement Tests. 

  1. Before taking the test, read about the employer. Companies usually publish an agenda, or highlight in their publications their views of service and sales. Try to find out the competencies that are highly valued by the employer in the position you are applying for.
  2. In reality, the situations that appear on the SJT don't have right or wrong answers. Remember that you are asked to choose the response that best suits the situation and that demonstrates competencies that are valued by the employer for the position you are applying for.
  3. Keep in mind the context of the test and the scenario – choose the response that best suit your position and the situation described.
  4. Assume that the optional responses are all possible; you will not be presented with impossible responses.
  5. The responses listed may not reflect all potential responses. What you believe would be the best or most appropriate response may not be listed.
  6. Responses may be appropriate in the short term versus the long term and vice versa. It is important to consider responses regardless of the time frame as a response may be appropriate, even if it is something that cannot be done right away.
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SJT Question Tips

During the test you will be presented with various challenging situations which many employees come across in the workplace. You will be provided with several responses and asked to select the most or least effective ones, or rank the effectiveness of the responses. Below are some tips to help you on the various question types found on the SJT.

  1. If the question asks you to rank the responses, compare them to each other. However, keep in mind that all the responses may be effective or they may all be ineffective - your task is to rank the responses, not decide if they are right or wrong.
  2. On ranking questions, consider each response independently of the others. Note that on some rating questions, a rating can be used several times or not at all (e.g., no response is "highly desirable").
  3. Read the situation first and try to understand the dilemma you are facing: A professional one, a relational one or both. Then, try to find a response that best resolves the dilemma/s.

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