How to pass/prepare for Situational Judgement Tests ?

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New answer on Apr 30, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Apr 06, 2020

Hi everyone,

I was just wondering if there is a way to prepare for SJTs as most consultancy companies are using them. They usually are composed of 3 work preferences/situations where you have to chose which is "Mostly like me" or "Least like me".

Are there any online ressources or way to tackle those tests ?

Thank you !

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Emily
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replied on Apr 07, 2020
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Hi there,

I would actually suggest not to try to find the "right answer" to tackle such test, but answer them as who you truly are, how you would react in such situations, and what you would do as the best version of yourself.

Answering those questions based on some "correct answer" from online rather than who you are, could potentially get you into a company with a wrong fit, which is not good for you eventually.

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Emily

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Anonymous A on Apr 07, 2020

Hi Emily, thank you for your answer. But what if I fail most of them ? Does that mean I am not fitted for consultancy ?

Emily on Apr 08, 2020

Don't look at it as "pass" or "fail". It is just "fit" or "not fit" for the firm.

Luca
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replied on Apr 10, 2020
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Hello,

The most important thing ithat you have to bear in mind if you want to "adjust" your answer, is to be coherent. There will be a lot of "check questions" where they willl actually use different words to ask the same thing and they will see if you answer coherently.

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Luca

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Anonymous replied on Apr 29, 2020

Hi A,

There are no sure-shot methods, answer keys or any references which I can share with you to prepare for the situational test. As the name suggests , the questions will be in the form of situations, which generally an employee comes across. Your job is to choose from the list of responses in the form of how you will react to that situation. You will have to choose the best one according to you when you see yourself in that situation.

These situations differ according to the roles you are applying for. So although all the responses will seem correct but you will need to select the best possible.


Good luck!

André

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Clara
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replied on Apr 07, 2020
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Hello!

Don´t think of these as exams, since they are not. There are no right and wrong questions by themselves, if the whole result the look at (and again, not as something you pass/don´t pass).

This said, for sure there are some answers that give "better hints" than others that you would be a good fit -altough, do you want to fake this?-. For instance, the ones regarding collaboration with other team members, etc.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Daniel
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replied on Apr 07, 2020
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Hi!

There is no "right way to do it", but there is a definitely a wrong way to do it.

The biggest and the most common Personal Fit mistake I've been seeing while being an interviewer at McKinsey is focusing on content vs focusing on interpersonal interractions.

What do I mean by that? You can tell any story from 2 different perspectives:

  1. Focusing on your arguments and on the content of the problem
  2. Focusing on how you felt, what you thought about how other people felt, and why you thought other people acted some way or the other – this is the right way

Imagine you are telling the story to your close friend – that's essentially the angle how you want to tell the story. McKinsey wants to know how you feel about other people, how you read other people's emotions and how you interract with other people.

DM me if you want to discuss in more detail or have further questions!

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Daniel

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Antonello
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replied on Apr 30, 2020
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Hi,
there is actually no way to arrived prepared. I recommend being yourself, trying to maintain a professional image, and related to the role. Be aware that you will encounter some check questions that ask you the same question in a different way

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Antonello

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