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The 3 common mistakes when solving SJT and e-tray questions

Discover why and how to avoid them.

Since the launch of our platform, ABILITUS has helped thousands of candidates preparing Situational Judgement Tests (SJT) for public and private recruitment procedures.

Each year, we are also helping EPSO candidates preparing SJT for the computer-based test (cbt) stage. A few weeks ago, EPSO has announced the AD5 Generalists and Auditors competition for 2015.

It is time for EPSO candidates to prepare the cbt stage, by focusing on Situational Judgement Test. This year, SJT will represent 67% of the total mark. The new stage (e-tray exam) is a test similar to the SJT.

On regular basis, we are conducting surveys and analysis the results to identify the success and failure criteria when solving SJT and e-tray questions.

In this article, you will discover the 3 most common mistakes made by candidates. These 3 mistakes prevent EPSO candidates to get a score higher than 90% on SJT and e-tray exam.

The 3 most common mistakes are:

1.  Lack of understanding of the 8 core competencies used by EPSO

We often see candidates preparing SJT, only by doing practice tests. To get a top score at SJT, you need to understand the meaning of each competency. You must know the right and wrong behaviours for each competency.

Less than 10% of the candidates are studying the competencies of EPSO. Our researches are showing that these 10% have systematically higher score in an EPSO competition. Studying the behaviours of each competencies is helping to solve SJT, e-tray, but is also preparing the candidates to succeed the Assessment Centre.

It is vital to understand the 8 core competencies used by EPSO to solve SJT and e-tray effectively and in the right way.

  1. It will help you to quickly identify which competencies a given question refers to.
  2. You can benchmark the answers quickly to identify the most/least effective behaviours.

Each competency has its own right and wrong behaviours. Below, you can find generic examples of behaviours applicable for each competency

Positive behaviours: active attitude to take an action, reaction based on objective facts and not emotions, remains calm and professional in all situations, providing support when needed.
Negative behaviours: emotional attitude, passive attitude, irrelevant responses, egotistic responses, not open for changes or discussion.

You want to succeed SJT and e-tray with a score higher than 90%? Then, we strongly recommend you to study in detail each competency.

2.  Making assumptions when reading the SJT and e-tray statement

To answer a SJT or e-tray, you should only consider the information provided in the statement. We often notice that candidates are extrapolating the situation, making additional assumptions in the statement. Candidates are trying to link the statement to personal experiences, which is totally wrong.

It is a common mistake responsible for the failure of SJT and e-tray. Why? These assumptions are changing the interpretation of the statement. This mistake is misleading candidates when they have to identify the most and least effective answers.

To solve SJT and e-tray question, you should only consider the information provided in the statement. A method to avoid this mistake is to identify what are the important facts from the statement. Then, select your answers only by considering these facts. To avoid this common mistake, you need to practice.

3.  Using poor question solving strategy

You can practice as much as you can, but without the right question solving strategy, your results will not improve.

Most of the candidates which cannot get a score higher than 90% at SJT and/or e-tray are not using any question solving strategy. Their approach is to answer each question without following a solving framework. This approach is not effective, and it takes much more time to solve SJT.

Successful candidates have a solving framework that they are using to solve aptitude tests: SJT, but also Verbal, Numerical and Abstract Reasoning Tests!

When you master a framework to solve each aptitude test, you can quickly identify which are the right answers. Candidates who are using a solving strategy can answer questions more quickly, more effectively (less errors) and get top scores.

For SJT, a good solving strategy is to ask yourself questions on each answer to identify what would be the consequences (positive and negative). Then, you can benchmark your answers to identify the most and least effective ones.

Are you ready to succeed SJT and e-tray?

Now, you know the 3 most common mistakes when solving SJT and e-tray exam. To prepare these tests, you should consider them and see how you can avoid them.

By focusing on these 3 mistakes, your chances to succeed the tests with a top score will be much higher than the average.

All the best for your preparation!

Your ABILITUS Team

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