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Situational Judgement Test for the Department of Work and Pension

The Department of Work and Pension (DWP) asked us to analyse a bespoke Situational Judgement Test.

Situational Judgement Tests assess the judgement required for solving problems at work. They present individuals with demanding work situations, involving team working, interacting with others, and dealing with workplace related problems.

The DWP had created such a test to assess the potential of their staff to grow into more senior roles. The project was led by Dr Almuth McDowall. The development of the test went through three key stages:

  • Analysis of preliminary interviews created three scales: 'approach to work and career', 'thinking style' and 'interpersonal style'
  • This was administered on-line to 948 employees.
  • Item analysis reduced a test with 203 items from 30 scenarios, to a shorter form with 113 items over 21 scenarios relating to 3 staff grades.

Our in-depth analysis of the Situational Judgement Test helped the DWP team to choose a more robust Situational Judgement Test with demonstrable properties of reliability, validity and fairness for the purpose of assessing their staff.

We are happy to evaluate instruments and data developed by organisations to suggest improvements in recruitment and development practice. Contact us for more details