I liked that the test required two options as answers. It definitely challenged me to think critically about how I was most likely to react in a situation and how I was least likely to react. The timing was also reasonable.
Situational Strengths Tests
Situational strengths tests assess you for competencies that companies require for the ideal candidate. They will be based on hypothetical scenarios that focus on how you would display specific strengths effectively. Based on the answers you give, it will confirm whether you align with a particular company’s values.
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3 example situational strengths questions with answers
The examples below reflect typical situational strengths questions you might face when taking the test. Answers to each are below the questions.
For each of the three scenarios below, choose which of the four options you would most likely and least likely respond:
Situational strengths question 1
A) Respond to the email as best you can before leaving without having access to the key files and tell the client that you will double check everything first thing on Monday.
B) Call the client immediately to find out exactly when they need the information by. If they do need it this evening you can pop back to the office and talk them through the key information and then provide a more in-depth written response on Monday.
C) Reply immediately telling the client that you need to get more information for them before you can give them an answer in full and with that in mind you will get back to them first thing on Monday morning as a priority.
D) Leave the email for now and deal with it first thing on Monday morning. The client will have received your out of office response anyway and may have contacted a colleague already.
Situational strengths question 2
A) Explain that you have other priorities right now but suggest that as soon as you complete the healthy eating initiative you could start working with the student in question.
B) Tell the head of year 7 that you would love to work with this student on a one to one basis and look for other opportunities to work on the healthy eating initiative.
C) Agree to support the student but say that if the time required to support her should grow then the head of year 7 will need to find someone else to work with her.
D) Explain that you have a lot on at the moment but suggest that you could help the head of year 7 to find someone else who may be able to support this student.
Situational strengths question 3
A) Conduct some extra research in your own time to try and look at the likely benefits before discussing with anyone else.
B) Ask your manager what they think and whether it is worth investing any more time.
C) Dismiss the idea as it is only a feeling and you are all keen to get the project finished anyway.
D) Tell other managers in the business about your ideas so that they can choose whether to implement them in their own areas.
B for most likely. By calling the client you are ensuring that you are respond according to their needs. It may be that they can wait for the information but it is important to establish this. It recognises that even a simple verbal response must be correct and having access to the correct files is vital. As they are your client it is important that you demonstrate you are willing to go the extra mile.
D for least likely. This is a client you have been working with very closely for 6 months so it is you they need help from. By ignoring the email completely it is evident that you are not prepared to go the extra mile. You have a good relationship with them so simply ignoring them is not what they will expect from you.
B for most likely. Whilst you may have concerns that the needs of this student may grow, it seems that it is feasible to support her and to work on the healthy eating initiative as long as you plan your time well and maybe do a few hours in your own time. The key thing in this scenario is to monitor how the student is doing as the weeks progress and to keep your manager informed if you think she needs more time with you.
D for least likely. The head of year 7 has asked you specifically to support this student. This means she must believe you could do a good job. When you are on placements like this, it is wise to grasp every opportunity you can. If you are not comfortable going the extra mile you might not get asked again! It may feel like you are being helpful by offering to find someone else but the head of year 7 is more than capable of doing this for herself.
A for most likely.At the moment you have a ‘feeling’ that this approach could help others. It is worthwhile investing a little extra time to confirm this (or otherwise) before talking to anyone else. That way you can be more confident when discussing with others from across the business. Even if nothing comes of it, it is always advisable to have a good understanding of other parts of the business you are in.
C for least likely. This approach fails to recognise how important it is to think about one’s own work and objectives within the context of the wider business. Employers are looking for graduates who can see how their own input can benefit others. You have already conducted a lot of the research; it would seem like only a partial solution if you chose not to investigate further.
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What does the situational strengths test measure?
It usually measures a candidate’s competency level in relation to role-specific scenarios. The simulated situations presented to you are designed to assess important strengths such as communication, organisation skills, analytical thinking etc. As a potential employee, you must demonstrate your capabilities effectively in your responses.
How long do situational strengths tests take?
Situational strengths tests are usually short and should only last up to 20 minutes during the application. Remember the more you practice, the more equipped you will be to answer the questions efficiently and quickly.
Where can I practice situational strengths tests?
Practice does make perfect and you can start here with somesituational judgement test practice questions. After that, there’s a free test below, and 29 more tests you can pay to access. These practice tests cover a wide range of topics specific to different roles and companies, with full explanations for each answer.
How are situational strengths tests scored?
After grouping your answers, a combined score of each strength will be compared against the responses of an established group. This will indicate those candidates shown to be most suitable for the role.
Situational Strengths Tests Tips
Try to find out as much as possible about the company and role you are applying for. It’s important to consider the qualities that the company’s culture is based on when answering situational strengths questions. Think about the type of qualities the organization is going to be looking for. Teamwork and building relationships are among the most popular qualities that any candidate will need in a workplace environment but you might work out what other competencies you need to have.
All employers value strong ethics. When answering situational strengths questions, you should be guided by the companies values but also by universally recognised concepts of right and wrong conduct. It’s also a good exercise to make a list of values that apply directly to your profession. For instance, appreciation of client confidentiality and professional secrecy in client/lawyer relations are the key values that everyone who wants to be a lawyer is assumed to understand.
3Unethical options are incorrect
Following this, the unethical options will be the wrong choice. You might have been charmed by the sneaky protagonists in TV series, in which they get along lying and being dishonest to most of their colleagues, but luckily in real life, societies still value the opposite. So if one of the possible actions is dishonest, involves lying, disguising personal errors, acting in an uncooperative manner, or provoking a client or a customer then this answer will not be correct or a “least likely” option, if you are not presented with other choices.
4Practice makes perfect
The catch in any situational strengths test is the high probability of any of the presented answers ( except the ethical examples explained above). We recommend you to think in accordance with the promoted values outlined in the company’s profile, but to really ace it you might want to take one of the mock situational strengths tests we provide.
5Best response dilemma
Often you’ll be asked for the ‘best’ or ‘most likely’ response. This means choose the most appropriate response given the information you have. It might not be perfect, it just needs to be better than the rest.
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May 24, 2022
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May 21, 2022
Options were a bit confusing
Simpler or wider options could have been given as many of the options i would have chosen were not available
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May 21, 2022
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May 20, 2022
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May 19, 2022
Understanding the scenario
I liked that the scenario presented was clear & concise. I also liked that the solutions presented were practical.
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May 19, 2022
The test required various instances that I could face in the future, so it also helped me to understand job roles in various aspects.
May 19, 2022
How to approach customers and share information
The test had interesting and challenging cases where multiple options were pretty close to each other and one had to really think about how to answer.
May 18, 2022
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May 18, 2022
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