The situational judgement test (SJT) comprises of a series of work-based scenarios you may come across on the Charityworks programme. For each scenario you must review a list of suggested approaches and indicate the one that you would be most likely and least likely to do if you were in that situation.
This test will give you the chance to demonstrate the style and approach you prefer to take to challenges at work. For more advice on taking SJTs go to http://www.criterion.co.uk/about-us/sjts-advice/
You will be presented with 12 scenarios, each describing a situation or challenge you could encounter on the Charityworks programme. You will also see a selection of possible approaches that you could take to respond to the situation or challenge described in the scenario.
For each scenario you must:
- Tick the approach to the scenario that you think is the most effective (i.e. what you would be most likely to do if you were in that situation)
- Tick the approach to the scenario that you think is the least effective (i.e. what you would be least likely to do if you were in that situation)
You should base your responses purely on the information that is presented to you and not make any inferences. Please note that all the scenarios in this assessment are fictitious.
To understand the layout of the assessment, there are two example questions provided for you to answer below.
You are placed within a medium sized environmental charity and, as part of your role, you get involved in many different tasks with various colleagues. You have been asked to collate a spreadsheet of organisations who could be potential new external partners.
You have received a number of briefings from three different stakeholders who will use the information you are collating. Each of these colleagues has recommended a different style and approach to collating the data and the layout of the spreadsheet. You are getting increasingly confused about how to approach this task and understand the importance of getting it right for all stakeholders involved.
What are you going to do next?
You have been placed at a faith-based charity as a Volunteering Officer and you will be assisting the Head of Volunteering in designing a new strategy for volunteer management within the charity.
After an initial meeting and briefing session on what the new volunteering strategy is attempting to achieve, your line manager is keen for you to go away and research and prepare your own ideas for the next steps in this broad piece of work.
How are you going to approach this task?