Subject Matter Expert Qualification Assessments
The Subject Matter Expert Qualification Assessments (SME-QA) process introduces subject matter experts (SMEs), in partnership with HR specialists as guides, to create and conduct job related assessments before an applicant is considered qualified. HR specialists protect merit principles and ensure the integrity of the process.
The SME-QA Process
During the typical competitive delegated examining hiring process, human resource (HR) specialists review resumes and occupational questionnaires to determine whether applicants are minimally qualified for a position. Agencies often conduct outreach and recruitment for technical positions and are concerned when they receive certificates without qualified applicants.
With the SME-QA process, subject matter experts (SMEs) partner with HR specialists to create and conduct job related assessments before considering an applicant qualified and applying Veterans’ preference. SME-QA is recommended for specialized positions with multiple vacancies for the same role.