If you follow these situational judgement test tips, you might just find your next test is a breeze.
Practice situational judgement tests
Practice as many questions as you can prior to sitting your assessment. This will enable you to familiarise yourself with the typical format of the questions and the type of responses that are required.
Study the solutions
Review the answers to the practice questions you sit. All good situational judgement test practice questions will come with detailed solutions. While it’s tempting to sit the test review your score and then move onto the next one reviewing solutions is the best way to learn. With all psychometric tests you will learn more from the questions you get wrong than the ones you get right.
Understand the mechanics
Identify patterns in your responses. Are you a team player who likes to ask everyone’s opinion before making a decision or are you a leader who makes decisions with conviction but fails to get everyone’s buy in first? These are the types of personality traits situational judgement tests are designed to assess so by practicing questions in advance you can learn valuable lessons and avoid making any obvious errors in your real assessment.
Use professional resources
Only practice situational judgement questions that have been written by qualified chartered occupational psychologists. Chartered occupational psychologists write the real tests for the major test publishers. By practicing questions written by these experts you will gain real insight into what your real assessment will be like. Practicing questions written by standard authors is not recommended. All the situational judgement test questions on practiceaptitudetests.com have been written by chartered occupational psychologists so you can rest assured you are getting good quality practice.
Know your role
Think carefully about the company and role you are applying for and what sort of person they are likely to want to hire. Situational judgement tests are generally tailored to the organisation you are applying to so thinking about what sort of people they are likely to be looking to employ can help you understand why they are asking certain questions. For example if you are applying to an audit firm and they asking questions about teamwork it’s probably because auditors work in teams and they will want to hire candidates who demonstrate teamwork skills.
Keep your answers congruent
Be yourself. Psychometric tests are a two way process. The company hiring you wants to ensure you’ll be a good fit as much as you want to ensure you’ll enjoy working there. It’s important to answer questions honestly and not to get ‘in character’ for a particular application.
Don’t overthink your answers
Stick to your timings. At the start of your assessment work out how many questions you have to sit and how long you have to answer each one. Don’t spend too long on any one question. This avoids rushing at the end.
Do your research
Speak to the HR department of the company you are applying to. They might be able to direct you towards some example questions so you can see what formant your real assessment will be in.
Try a range of SJT’s beforehand
Practice situational judgement test questions in different formats. At practiceaptitudetests.com you can practice situational judgment test questions in the standard format on our situational judgement test page, and you can practice additional questions in our etray. Practicing in different formats means you’ll be more prepared for the real thing and won’t be as put off by any surprises on the day. Our bundle package gives access to both the etray and the situational judgement tests.
And remember, practice, practice, practice. There is no substitute for practicing questions, use your limited revision time effectively, purchase our bundle package and get started with your effective targeted preparation now.