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How to handle situational judgement tests

Situational judgement tests are designed to help you find a role that’s a good fit for your skills. 

Here's the summary of the key points:

  • What is a situational judgement test?
  • Advice on being honest throughout the test.

What are situational judgement tests?

Situational judgement tests are popular because they measure job-related skills other tests don’t – like problem-solving and decision-making. They look at how you’d go about solving problems in the workplace by presenting you with a number of hypothetical work-related situations. 

These tests aren’t usually available 'off-the-shelf'. Instead, organisations design them to suit their own needs. That means each test is different, making it harder to prepare. But not impossible. You can still research the organisation’s culture and values, and take practice tests so you’re used to the format. Most tests consist of 15-20 short descriptions of workplace situations. You’ll be asked to pick the most effective and least effective response to those situations. Some tests also ask you for the most effective response only, or to list all the responses in order of effectiveness.