We all make mistakes - and one too many - Right? Not really!

Knowing what NOT to do is a critical job skill- Situational judgment tests have helped organizations across the globe consistently hire high performers. They are an effective way of assessing multiple aspects in an applicant including personality, problem solving and soft skills - i.e. practical intelligence. However, how do situational judgment tests predict performance and what is the right way to configure them?

Now, groundbreaking research by Steven Stemler and Varun Aggarwal based on Aspiring Minds’ data sets, assessment modules and scoring methodologies answer the question.

The result can be summarized in a simple line, but has far implications.

"People who avoid saying the wrong things are more successful in their jobs than people
who give the best answer."


Knowing what not to do is a critical job skill. Read our research summary and contact us to know how to test this skill.
icon1 S E Stemler, V Aggarwal, S. Nithyanand, "Knowing What NOT To Do Is a Critical Job Skill: Evidence from 10 different scoring methods", Intl. Journal of Selection and Assessment, 24-3, pp. 229–245, 2016
icon2 Here’s what the WSJ has to say about this research

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SJTs typically provide a correlation of 0.34 as shown in 102 different studies, and this correlation is over and above that of aptitude and personality tests.

This worst answer research forms the backbone of Aspiring Minds assessment suite on SJTs. Our SJTs have helped organizations hire for various job profiles in sales, client servicing, operations, and managerial roles and have consistently proved that SJT scores are highly correlated to job success, with correlation ranging from 0.25 to 0.45.

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