Situational Judgement Test / Professional Dilemma Paper
The Professional Dilemma paper consists of about 55 Situational Judgement test questions, and lasts 115 minutes.
This tests your response to various scenarios, and assesses whether you meet the core competencies in the National Person Specification. It is a test of judgement NOT knowledge.
SJT papers have been used for many years as part of the recruitment process for the Civil Service posts across the world, the FBI, and the NHS Graduate Management Programme.
The competencies being tested are:
An example of the type of question you might get is:
You are called by medical staffing. They ask if you can cover a night shift as a colleague has called in sick. You are unable to accept as you have made plans to go to the theatre. While waiting to go in, you see the doctor who has called in sick in the line ahead of you. Rank the following 1-5, 1 being the MOST effective / best option, 5 being the LEAST effective / worst option:
The correct answers are:
1. E - You are making your colleague aware that his actions are wrong, and allowing him a chance to explain himself / make amends.
2. B - someone else may have a useful suggestion as to how to approach this problem. The problem affects everyone on the rota so it makes sense to discuss it together.
3. A - If you feel unable to tackle the situation yourself, by informing someone in a position of responsibility, it allows the problem to be addressed.
4. C - this does not address the situation at all. As his action affects you and all of your colleagues, it IS your responsibility to do something about it.
5. D - This is unethical - not only are you condoning his behaviour, you are asking for a bribe as well.
This question tackles 2 of the competencies: Managing Others & Team Involvement, and Professional Integrity.
Some questions will be focused on only 1 competency, others may cover 2 or even 3.
This question is taken from the Emedica Stage 2 revision service, which has over 2000 questions covering both the clinical and professional dilemma paper (including 115 SJTs with feedback and explanations). You can find out more and signup HERE.
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