If you were running a community meeting as an RA, what would you want to achieve in that meeting?
How would you handle a resident on your floor that was having a negative impact on the community?
What kinds of things would you do on your floor to get to know your residents individually?
Peer/Student Role Modeling Skills
Why do you want to be an RA?
Would you describe an RA as a role model? Follow up with: If so, how? OR If not, why not?
It is often said that RA’s live in a fishbowl. What are your thoughts on that?
Describe your leadership style. Give an example of a time when you felt you were successful as a leader. Give one example of a time when you felt you were not as successful as a leader. What would you have done differently in that situation?
Looking at your past RA’s, what would you incorporate from their styles and what would you try to avoid?
Please define the term “role model” means to you. Follow up with: How would you do this as an RA?
How would you describe your style of leadership?
What kind of skills would you bring to the position?
What do you think is the rationale for staffing the halls with student staff as opposed to adults like Public Safety?
What part of the position will be the biggest challenge for you? Follow up with: How will you overcome that?
What do you think are the challenges of working in a residence hall that is primarily made up of first year students? What do you think are the challenges of working in a residence hall with continuing or transfer students?
If you got a letter in the mail tomorrow telling you that you had been hired as an RA, what would you be most excited about and why?
What do you like most about your current floor community? Follow up with: What do you like least and how will you work to prevent that from happening?
What would you do at the beginning of the year to facilitate interactions amongst your residents?
What do you think an RA spends the most time on?
Student Conduct Skills/Standing
What kinds of things frustrate you? How do you handle your frustrations?
What is your biggest pet peeve about human nature? Follow up with: How would you deal with a resident who lived on your floor with this characteristic?
Please tell us about a time when you had to be assertive. Follow up with: How did you feel? What was the outcome? What did you learn from this experience?
Please relate a time when someone made a statement with which you strongly disagreed. Follow up with: How did you react?
If you could change a university policy, what would it be and why?
Describe a situation in which you were a member of a team. What role did you play on that team?
What kinds of things do you think enable building staff members to work together well? Follow up with: What kinds of things do you think block effective teamwork?
What type of person would you find it most difficult to work with? How would you try to facilitate a relationship with this person?
How do you handle positive feedback? How do you handle constructive feedback?
Tell us about a time when you were working in a group situation and someone was not pulling his or her weight. What did you do?
How do you typically handle situations where you confront friends/family with concerns?
What do you think is the role of an Area Coordinator in supervising an RA?
Please describe to us what you feel the RA position entails.
What qualities do you possess that make you a qualified applicant for this student leader position?
How do you handle stress?
What do you think you will contribute to the office of Residence Life? Your staff? Your residents?
What will you expect from your supervisor? Other RA’s? The Office of Residence Life?
Please describe a leadership experience you have had. What did you learn from that experience? (Leadership)
What are some skills you would like to develop to help you become a better leader? (Leadership)
Is it your natural delegation to take on a project all by yourself or do you delegate?
Tell us about a program/activity that you have planned and implemented?
What are some of the current needs of students?
What resources would you use to assist in your programming?
What programs do you feel help first year students/returning students?
Tell us about a project you initiated and followed through to completion.
Quick Mini Scenarios
One of your residents has placed a swastika in a visible place in his/her room. The sign is making many of your residents uncomfortable, and they come to you asking if the resident can be moved. How would you handle this situation?
As a RA, you have developed some good relationships with your residents. You’ve developed an especially good relationship with one particular resident who is of a sexual orientation different than your own. You begin to notice that he/she is developing a serious crush on you. How would you handle the situation?
You become aware that there is vomit in your bathroom frequently and at different times of the day. What would you do in this situation?
Closing Questions (Please ask both of these)
Is there anything that we did not cover that you think that we should know about you?