About the SST

This test, used by employers including Capgemini, TfL, Morrisons, Nestlé, Ernst & Young, Standard Chartered and more, is designed to help them ensure that only the most suitable candidates progress to the next recruitment stage.

The Situational Strengths Test is a test created to assess you against the particular skills or strengths that your employers are looking for in you at an early stage in the recruitment process. It is crucial that you learn how to display your strengths best so that you can move on to the next stage of the recruitment. This page sets out more information about the test as well as advice about how you can prepare with JobTestPrep.


What Is a Situational Strengths Test?

You may be more familiar with the term situational judgement test. Like situational judgement tests, these tests are designed to assess your behaviour in the workplace.

The skills and strengths you are tested on are identified by your employer as important to them, and the scenarios you are given in the test are similar to the experiences you may have in the office.

The Situational Strengths Test is aimed to allow both you and the company to know how good a fit you are for both the job and the company’s culture and values. It is also used to reduce the number of candidates progressing to the next stage of the recruitment process as if you don’t match what they are looking for, your application will not be taken further.


What Is a Situational Strengths Test Question?

The Situational Strengths Test is made up of several scenarios on which you are expected to answer questions. Every scenario looks at a different strength (or skill) needed in the role you are applying to. You are judged against how well you can show these strengths, and if you pass you move on to the next stage of the recruitment. The tests are drawn up with the employer in mind, so the strengths you are tested on are very much the ones that you will need to do the job.

You are given a short scenario to read reflecting a situation that may occur in your office. You are then asked a question about it and given a series of possible responses. Some questions will ask you to rank these responses from most likely to least likely, whilst others may ask you to choose the option that best represents your response.

Each of the options reflect a different response. More than one of these responses will be acceptable, but there will also be a scale for the order in which they wish to see them based on the requirements of both the job and the company.


Situational Strengths Test Example

The CAPP situational strengths test has versions designed for telesales, retail, graduates, professional services, and more.

JobTestPrep has created situational judgement test practice packs for both customer service roles, and graduate/ professional roles. Before you start practising, why not try our free situational judgement test question samples.


Practice Situational Strengths Test

Since this test is used by employers to reduce the number of candidates progressing through the recruitment process, it is important that you go into the test prepared and confident that you can handle any situation presented. Therefore practice is key.

The first stage is to review and understand both the job description and company values so that you can get a feeling for the strengths that may come up in the test.

Next prepare similar questions with our situational judgement test practice pack. This pack contains advice and guides for how to identify the answer your recruiters are looking for and give you an understanding of how to demonstrate the best response.


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