Situational Judgement Tests

Situational judgement tests assess how you deal with scenarios and challenges that come up in the workplace.

  • What are situational judgement tests?

    Situational judgement tests assess your ability to deal with a variety of common workplace challenges.

    With every question you answer, employers will be examining your communication and teamwork skills and how creative or analytical your thinking is.

    Throughout the test, you’ll be faced with different scenarios and asked to pick an answer from a list of potential responses. There’s no right or wrong, but the employer setting the test will be looking for you to display several key competencies.

  • Why do employers use situational judgement tests?

    Employers in the tech industry are looking to find candidates who will greatly enhance the company, team and role they’re entering into.

    Because the questions in a situational judgement test are framed in the context of the workplace, the test can be a good indicator of the type of employee you’re likely to be, and whether you’d fit well into the company you’re applying to.

    In a highly competitive job market, a situational judgement test could help an employer decide which individual to hire over another.

  • What is the situational judgement test format?

    Each test contains a number of different workplace scenarios, with a list of possible corresponding answers.

    Your job is to select which one you think is most fitting. Although technically there isn’t any ‘wrong’ answers, you need to keep in mind the kind of role you’re applying for, and the kind of skills you’d be expected to showcase. Putting yourself in the employers shoes like this is a good way to help you select an answer.

    We always recommend practising situational judgement tests before the one that really matters, so you get accustomed to the questions and feel confident selecting your responses.

  • What skills does situational judgement test?

    Situational judgement tests really do examine a huge range of skills and competencies - which is why they’re so popular with employers.

    The main skills being tested are communication style, relationship building, teamwork and emotional intelligence.

    The tech industry is highly competitive, and whether you’re applying for a job in software or analysis, the skills being tested in the situational judgement test are ones you’ll be drawing on every day in the office.

    The good news is, if you’re applying for a role in the technology sector, you’re likely to already possess a lot of the skills needed to succeed - so you just need to concentrate on preparation and practice so you can showcase them in the test.

Sample Situational Judgement Tests question Test your knowledge!

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If a colleague suggests a risky new approach that could either lead to big success or failure, what is your response?

  • Encourage them to follow the established procedures instead.
  • Ask for a detailed plan and consider running a small-scale pilot project.
  • Immediately agree and push for its implementation without further discussion.
  • Disregard the idea, as it doesn't align with the current strategy.
  • Report the conversation to a supervisor to avoid potential future issues.

You notice a colleague taking credit for your work during a team meeting. How do you react?

  • Directly confront the colleague in the meeting about the issue.
  • Remain silent during the meeting but address the issue with your colleague privately afterward.
  • Report the situation to your supervisor immediately following the meeting.
  • Discreetly make corrections to reflect your contribution when speaking during the meeting.
  • Let it go and make sure to communicate your contributions more clearly in the future.

During a project, you disagree with the approach that the project manager wants to take. What do you do?

  • Keep your opinions to yourself as the project manager is the leader.
  • Express your concerns in a private meeting with the project manager.
  • Try to convince other team members to back up your approach.
  • Go above the project manager's head to their supervisor with your concerns.
  • Document your reservations but proceed with the plan anyway.

Your supervisor asks you to take on a new project, but your current workload is already at maximum capacity. How do you handle this?

  • Politely decline the new project, citing your current commitments.
  • Accept the project and work overtime to manage the additional workload.
  • Ask for a meeting to discuss project priorities and deadlines.
  • Take on the project and delegate some of your current tasks to team members.
  • Recommend a capable colleague who has the capacity for the new project.

How would you react if you were assigned a task that is outside your job description and expertise?

  • Politely refuse the task, explaining that it is not part of your role.
  • Attempt the task to the best of your ability without seeking any assistance.
  • Seek guidance or training on how to perform the task effectively.
  • Discuss your concerns with your supervisor and ask for a task that fits your job role.
  • Request to shadow a colleague who has the expertise before starting the task.

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Situational Judgement Tests Tips

Understand the Scenario

Get familiar with typical workplace scenarios and consider how you'd react in those situations. Reflecting on past experiences may help.

Think Like the Company

Research the company's culture and values beforehand. This can guide you in making decisions that align with their expectations.

Practice, Practice, Practice

The best way to get comfortable with these tests is by practicing. You can take free practice tests right here on Techtest.

Stay Calm and Considered

Don't rush your responses. Consider the implications of each answer carefully to best reflect your judgement.

Reflect on Your Answers

After completing a practice test, take time to reflect on your answers. Understanding your decision-making process can lead to improvements.

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Situational Judgement Tests FAQs

What is this test used for?

These tests are a tool used by employers to gauge your suitability for various positions within the tech industry. They help to determine how well you match the job's requirements and the company's culture.

What do these tests involve?

Situational Judgement Tests involve a series of hypothetical workplace scenarios. You'll be asked to choose responses that best reflect how you would handle each situation. These scenarios often mirror real-life challenges you could face on the job.

What do these tests measure?

Our Situational Judgement Tests measure your ability to make sound decisions and align your actions with current industry standards. They dynamically refine their questions using advanced technology, to accurately reflect what employers are looking for.

Where can I practice these tests?

Ready to start practicing? Techtest offers a wide range of practice tests, including the Situational Judgement Test, to help you prepare for the real deal.

Which employers use these tests?

A broad spectrum of tech sector employers utilize these kinds of tests as part of their hiring process. They serve as an effective method to select candidates whose values and decision-making skills align with those sought by the company.

Reviews

What our customers say about our Situational Judgement Tests

  • Greece

    June 14, 2022

    Intelligent

    Personally, i think that this is one of the most successful ways to learn about the people you are interested to hire.

  • Germany

    February 09, 2023

    okay

    it was interesting to see how I did. Really nice to have the option on this platform to practice for free!

  • Philippines

    February 24, 2023

    Most Likely

    I guess it was working just fine. All situational related contexts are of importance to what I'm gonna take so I guess overall its good

  • Ethiopia

    June 12, 2023

    Interesting and good for decision making

    I like the questions due to its practicality and helps prepare you for the real thing.

  • Nigeria

    June 27, 2023

    Problem solving

    It was a great experience for me. Really looked into my critical thinking and problem solving skills.

  • United States of America

    June 27, 2023

    Good situational judgement scenarios

    Liked that the prompts were detailed but not too long. Disliked that I had no idea where I was in the "timed" portion of the test.