February 01, 2021
The goal of the Job Benchmark is to create a hiring standard so those hired are strategically matched to fit the position and the culture of the company. This Job Benchmark can also be used after hiring to build an Onboarding Process, Career Development, and Succession Plan. The benchmark is formed based on Key Accountabilities chosen by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). Key Accountabilities are the 3-5 measurable activities critical to each job to drive business success. These Key Accountabilities rank, define and weigh the most important deliverables of the position. After determining Key Accountabilities, the SMEs take an online job assessment describing the job being benchmarked. The integration of the different SME’s job assessments for the specified position creates the Job Benchmark. This comprehensive benchmark includes the knowledge, strategies, behavior, motivation, personal skills, and acumen needed to be a superior performer for this specific job. When creating the Job Benchmark, it is best to avoid comparison to a single standout performer. It is important to recognize that not even star performers are perfect. Generating the Job Benchmark from SMEs allows you to create a more thorough benchmark for the ideal candidate.