Situational judgement tests may not seem easy on your first attempt, but as with everything – practice can make perfect. And what better time to practice than a global lockdown?!
What is a situational judgment test?
Situational judgement tests assess how you approach typical workplace challenges. As a result, the test is very often part of the recruitment process for big and small companies, spanning a wide variety of industries. You’ll be expected to work through a series of hypothetical workplace scenarios and show how you would respond should you be faced with that challenge. This means it’s especially important to read up on the ethos, values and objectives of the company you’re applying for as understanding these nuances may greatly increase your chances of selecting the right answer.
What is the format of a situational judgment test?
Each workplace scenario on the test will be followed by a series of multiple choice answers. As there aren’t ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers like you’d find in a numerical reasoning test, it’s important your answer reflects how aligned your values and morals are with the company you’re applying to work for. The main competencies you’re being tested on are communication, commercial awareness, teamwork and relationship building. As with all aptitude tests, the best way you can improve on your score is to practice as many aptitude tests as you can before the one that really counts.
Why do employers use situational judgment tests?
As the skills being tested are specific to the workplace, situational judgement tests are one of the most commonly used aptitude tests by employers across a broad range of industries. The test helps employers to gain a greater understanding of your strengths and weaknesses; where you stand on a variety of moral issues; how sharp your business acumen is, and much more!
How can I prepare?
When it comes to situational judgment tests, the best place to start is extensive research into the company you’re applying for. And specifically, their ethos, values, and objectives. This will really help you get into your potential employer’s mindset when you answer the questions and make some of the trickier questions a little bit easier to answer.
It’s always best to practice aptitude tests somewhere quiet and to make sure you time yourself as you work through each mock exam. Looking over your answers afterward is invaluable in helping you decipher where your weak spots lie.
So although situational judgment tests might not be easy the first time you try them, we promise that with a little bit of time and effort, you’ll be slipping into your potential employer’s shoes and answering the questions with confidence in no time!