ABOUT THE POLICE SITUATIONAL JUDGEMENT TESTSPolice constabularies in the UK are starting to use a form of situational judgement test as part of the assessment criteria for new recruits. Another name for this type of test is the ‘PSJT’. The PSJT was introduced as an additional way to help constabularies assess the decision- making of potential officers, and measure how your decisions match up to the core police expectations. The purpose of this book is to provide you with some invaluable sample questions that will help you prepare for the real test. Within our book, we have provided you with different types of situational judgement test questions; ones which are police officer related, and ones which are not police officer related – and are therefore ‘generic’ in nature. The reason for the different types of questions is simple. We want you to experience alternative types and formats of situational judgement questioning prior to the real assessment. This will enable you to be better prepared for the test itself. On that basis, make sure you attempt and understand each type of question format before you attend the police officer assessment day.
Old Core Competencies
This online test resource covers the following core competencies, which are crucial for passing the police selection process.
- Public Service
- Openness To Change
- Service Delivery
- Decision Making
- Working With Others
Met Core Competencies
- Emotionally Aware
- Taking Ownership
- Working Collaboratively
- Deliver, Support and Inspire
- Analyse Critically
- Innovative and Open Minded
PLEASE NOTE: If you’re applying to a constabulary that uses the Met police core competencies please check out our guide for the brand new assessment centre!Met Police ASSESSMENT CENTRE BOOK
THE PURPOSE OF THE POLICE OFFICER SITUATIONAL JUDGEMENT TESTAs you will be fully aware, the police service has an excellent reputation, and therefore it’s paramount that they are hiring individuals with good decision making skills. This form of situational judgement test has been used for many years in other safety-critical roles, such as the fire service. It’s an established and reliable way of separating good candidates from bad candidates, so you need to make sure that you are in the former category! The questions are usually presented in the same format. You are required to read a short passage, and will then be presented with four options. It is your job to separate the options into the following categories:
- EFFICIENT. The most reliable, productive response, which is most likely to lead to a good result.
- FAIRLY EFFICIENT. A reliable and productive response, albeit one which could possibly be improved upon, via small changes in action.
- INEFFICIENT. A response which does not resolve or simply ignores the issue at hand.
- COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. A response which makes the situation worse, rather than better.
Sample Police Situational Judgement QuestionThe following is a sample PSJT question for you to try. Following the question is a breakdown of how the answer has been reached. Sample Question You are sitting in the staff canteen, when three other members of the constabulary sit down at your table. As you engage in friendly discussion with them, two of the members begin to mock the other person for his religion. Although they are only joking, you can see that the individual in question has been upset by these comments. 1. Join in, it’s just a bit of banter. Efficient / Fairly Efficient / Inefficient / Counterproductive 2. Speak up, and inform your colleagues that they should have more respect for other religions. Efficient / Fairly Efficient / Inefficient / Counterproductive 3. Ask the offended colleague to speak to you in private afterwards, where you will discuss the comments. Efficient / Fairly Efficient / Inefficient / Counterproductive 4. Try to change the subject. Efficient / Fairly Efficient / Inefficient / Counterproductive
Tips for passing the Situational Judgement TestThere are several things you can do in order to help improve your scores during the PSJT. The following tips will help you to prepare effectively and improve your overall ability to pass this type of psychometric test: TIP 1 – There are many types of Situational Judgement Tests available on the market. Just because you are applying to become a police officer, doesn’t mean you should focus solely on police officer related SJTs. Obtain as many SJT questions as possible, from a variety of different genres, and practise accordingly. TIP 2 – When you read the question, you will be presented with a ‘situation’. Read the situation quickly before scanning each of the presented options. Look for the safest option first, and then look for the option you would be least likely to carry out at all. Then, assess the final two options and place them in order of priority based on what you would do in that type of situation. TIP 3 – You do not need to be a police officer in order to pass the police officer related situational judgement test questions provided within this book. What you do need to be is professionally conscious, and have a good level of common sense. When assessing the situation and presented options, always err on the side of caution. Don’t take silly risks. TIP 4 – Be entirely honest in how you answer the questions. This is very important. The role of a police officer involves a high degree of trust, integrity, professionalism, safety and a strict adherence to rules and procedures. The test is designed to assess how you would perform or react to given situations. You should also be aware that the police constabulary may ask you questions during the interview based on the answers you provide during the Situational Judgement Test. For example, if you answer a question during the PSJT that indicates you prefer to work alone as opposed to working as part of a team, yet you contradict yourself during one of the interview questions and state that you prefer to work as part of a team, this could lose you marks and imply you are dishonest. By answering the questions honestly during the test, you will not have to worry about how you answer the questions during the interview. For more top tips on passing the Police Situational Judgement Test, check out our guide!
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