Situational judgment test (SJT) guide

The situational judgment test (SJT) is a commonly used psychometric test that measures candidates’ suitability based on their responses to work-related scenarios.

Situational judgment tests are tailored to each function (such as sales, customer service and IT) and job level (e.g. professional, manager or team leader).

A typical situational judgment test would have around 16 to 20 short work-related scenarios. Each work scenario would have 4 to 8 possible responses or actions. You are asked to rate each response or action based on its effectiveness on a scale from strongly undesirable to strongly desirable.

What do employers seek to learn from your situational judgment test score?

The result of your situational judgment test assists employers to discover the extent to which you can:

  • understand work-related situations and challenges
  • effectively respond to work-related situations.

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