After deciding to use the SME-QA process to find qualified applicants, plan your hiring action.
Start by selecting a specialized position with multiple openings.
The success of your hiring action depends on the strength of your subject matter experts (SMEs). Your strongest potential SMEs likely have many responsibilities; however, their time investment will result in a stronger certificate.
Use the reference information (which presumes a hiring action of 150 applicants and 8 SMEs) to estimate the time required for your hiring action from subject matter experts, hiring managers/selection officials, and HR specialists.
Using the reference information, set up a tentative timeline for your hiring action. Having a dedicated project manager and HR specialist will help you go from posting the announcement to issuing a certificate in under 6 weeks.
Collect qualification, referral, and selection data on previous hiring actions that used the same hiring authority. By accessing your baseline data, you can better evaluate your results.
Host a kick off meeting with SMEs, HR, and hiring managers to ensure everyone is on the same page about the process, goals, and time commitment.