"It could be game-changing. Hiring scientists, any specialized skill…I would absolutely recommend my office use it." – Technical Subject Matter Expert at HHS
Subject Matter Expert Qualification Assessments (SME-QA)
During a typical competitive delegated examining hiring process, human resource (HR) specialists review resumes and occupational questionnaires to determine whether applicants are minimally qualified for a role. Agencies often conduct outreach and recruitment for technical positions and are concerned when they receive certificates without truly qualified applicants to select from.
With the SME-QA alternative, SMEs partner with HR specialists to create and conduct interview assessments before considering an applicant qualified and applying veterans’ preference. The SME-QA process is recommended for GS-12 or higher technical positions (not limited to IT) with at least five vacancies for the same role where applicant volume can be limited to approximately 100 applicants.
Learn what it takes to qualify applicants using the Subject Matter Expert Qualification Assessment (SME-QA) process.
When you've decided to find qualified applicants using the SME-QA process, you can plan your hiring action.