Situational Judgement Test (SJT)
As part of the application form, we’ll ask you a series of hypothetical questions as part of our Situational Judgement Test. For each scenario, there’ll 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’s a separate mark for each best/worst answer.
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.
We want to find out about how you’d approach situations at work, and use your judgement in those scenarios. It’s also a good way to get an insight into the job, as the test has been developed specifically to simulate scenarios that you’d really come across as a Policy Adviser.
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?
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.
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