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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)

What is it?

The test is made up of a series of hypothetical scenarios. For each scenario, there will be four options of how you could respond. We’ll ask you to choose which you think is the best option and the worst option. There is a separate mark for each best/worst answer.

What is it for?

We want to find out about how you would approach situations at work, and use your judgement.

It’s also a good way for you to get an insight into the job, because the test has been developed specifically for the job and the scenarios are true to what you would really come across as a Policy Adviser.

How can I prepare?

Read the page on our values and the Civil Service Success Profile Behaviours. These will give you a good idea of the kind of approach to work we look for in our staff. Look at the ‘Level 3’ behaviours in the Framework.

Try to think about what the values or competencies might actually look like in real life. How would you put them into practice in situations that you’ve encountered in your work or studies?

When you take the test

  • You need to take the test in one sitting, so make sure that you take it in a quiet place where you’ll have 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.
  • Remember you don’t need to get every answer right in order to pass the test. Don’t be too discouraged if there are some scenarios you’re unsure about.