The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) has led to a revolution in the assessment sphere, gaining popularity as an assessment method in the late 1990s.
A large number of organisations have adopted the SJT to assess candidates’ judgement on job-related competencies or values.
So what is SJT?
Unlike most assessments, SJT is not commonly available “off-the-shelf”. An SJT is custom-designed to examine an individual’s judgement call across work-related or situation-specific scenarios and how that lines up to the organisation’s expectations. The SJT presents candidates with realistic scenarios followed by a list of plausible course of actions to be rated or ranked.
The SJT is especially useful in assessing organisation-specific criteria as it can be customised to include behavioural aspects, personality, personal and professional attributes, ability, and knowledge elements based on input from subject matter experts.
- Measures fit against organisational values and/or culture
- Potential and qualification screening
- Measures candidate-job fit
- High stakes selection
- Effective prediction of potential against organisational criteria
- Fast screening
- Cost-effective in large scale sifting
- Positive candidate experience
- Enable realistic job simulation
- High test validity and low sub-group differences – enable accurate assessment in multi-cultural context
How is the SJT administered?
The SJT can be administered through a variety of formats to assess candidates’ responses to situations, such as:
- with text only
- with graphics and text
- with animated avatars to enact the scenario
- with motion graphics
The response format may include one or more of the following options:
- For example: Rate each action on a scale (such as effectiveness, importance or appropriateness scale) given the scenario
- For example: Rank order each action given the scenario
Most and Least Effective
- For example: Indicate which action is “Most Effective” and “Least Effective” in your judgement given the scenario
- For example: Indicate which action you are “Most Likely to Perform” and “Least Likely to Perform” in your judgement given the scenario