What activities would you create for your residents?
As an RA you will need to exercise some creativity when it comes to activities for your residents. Assure the interviewer that you have some great ideas and that you will keep them coming!
"I have a lot of great ideas and resources to draw on for activities. I would love to plan a games night, co-ed baseball tournament, and a flag football game. I think it would be wonderful to start a volunteer initiative as well for those students who are interested in giving back to their community."
Provide an experience in which your observation of a student helped you to identify unusual behavior.
As an RA you will be required to keep an eye out for students who may be struggling in one way or another. Your responsibility as an RA is to be a leader, a mentor, and a trustworthy ear. Discuss with the interviewer your experience with assisting a student who has displayed unusual behavior. Be sure to not break any confidentiality while providing your example.
"Last year I noticed one of the residents was not participating in group activities anymore. Earlier in the year she was very involved and outgoing so this was unusual behavior. I took her out for coffee and asked her what I could do. It turns out she suffered from depression and was having a difficult time. I supported her through it and she agreed to see a doctor who got her into counseling. We remained accountability partners for the year."
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
What are your plans after University? Talk to the interviewer about the goals that you have set for yourself over the next 5 years.
"I have one year left to complete my Bachelor's Degree and then I plan to move into my Master's Degree. Once that is complete, I would love to target a communications or journalism job in New York. That has always been my dream."
How would you handle a fight amongst your residents?
In a residence setting you will come across individuals who may not always get along. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of managing peer related conflict in a quick and effective manner.
"If I became aware of residents fighting I would follow the school's protocol for conflict. The action that I would take would depend on the severity of the conflict and whether bullying or physical force was involved. I have zero tolerance for unrest in residence as it needs to be a comfortable space for everyone."
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
We all have weaknesses of some sort and that is absolutely okay to admit. Talk to the interviewer about what you feel your greatest weakness is and be sure to discuss what you are currently doing, or willing to do, to improve. Be sure to avoid an answer that would be crucial to your success in this role (IE: I want to be an RA but I have a fear of people).
"I feel that my greatest weakness is that sometimes I can be a bit too blunt when it comes to truth-telling. Many of my peers appreciate it but some do not. I am working on my ability to add sensitivity to my delivery when I speak and so far, so good!"
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