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Application Advice

We want to make sure that you can make the best first impression possible at every stage of your application process. This page is designed to help you understand what we’re looking for and how to prepare for each step.

Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

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As part of the application form, we’ll ask you to also complete a series of hypothetical questions as part of our Situational Judgement Test (SJT). This test helps us form a better picture of your values and motivations to work as a Policy Adviser.  It also gives you insight into what is required in the role and the situations you may face as a Policy Adviser at HM Treasury.

You’ll be presented with scenarios and for each there’ll be four options of how you could respond. We’ll ask you to then choose which you think you most likely and least likely would do if faced with that particular scenario.

We encourage you to answer the questions honestly and try not to overthink the options. If you’re unsure how to answer a question, usually your first instinctual response is the option to choose.

Try to take the test in one sitting, so make sure you’re in a quiet place with good internet access. Limit distractions by turning off your phone and asking housemates/family not to disturb you. The test is not timed, so take your time to read each scenario thoroughly.