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Why do you want to be an RA?

1 of 31 Residential Advisors Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on July 1st, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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Assure the interviewer that you have a keen interest in this role and discuss what initially attracted you to this particular job posting.

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"I would like to be an RA because it will help me to exercise my social, counseling, and mediation skills on a daily basis. This position immediately appealed to me not only because I love this school but because I truly care about the student body."

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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 09/15/2010
Last modified on: 07/01/2018

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Why do you want to be an RA?
I want to become an RA because.
I feel that my past work experience well prepares me for this position. As well, I am always looking for new ways to become more involved in the university.
I have loved the transition to Grad school so far. Partly because I've made a huge effort to build a community of people willing to help each other. I understand that not everyone may find it easy to integrate themselves into the community but have so much to offer. I would love to make this transition easier for them. Integrating people into the community makes it a richer living experience for everyone.
I want to be an RA for both personal and professional reasons.
I would love to be an RA because I would love to make a change and support the students on residence and make their experience here a great one.
I want to be an RA honestly because I think it's a job I'd be good at. I have first and foremost a great adaptability and an eagerness to learn. I like to push myself and constantly grow, as well as encourage others to do the same. I have a healthy respect for the rules and great organizational skills, which I think would help me give my residents everything they need. I also think I would really enjoy it, I'd like having so many new people to connect with and the leadership role.
I want to be an RA because it would help me improve my leadership and management skill as well as help me grow as more mature person. It would also improve my values to be a role model.
I like the idea of being a part of something, it is a great experience, learning leadership skills, opportunity for personal growth and I believe it will be a good thing on my resume for a future job in social work.
I want to be an RA because I love connecting with people. *talk about shyness in Jr High > high school, mb >leadership*. I also want to get more involved on campus...I love helping people.
It is a great experience to help other students learn about college and help them with the college experience.
I want to be able to help people feel safe and have fun on campus.
I want to be an RA because I love being able to have different leadership opportunities. Also, I want to be that people that everyone feels conformable coming to whenever they are in need of something.
I want to be an RA to help people with their struggles.
I enjoy helping people and am a nurturing person by nature. This will allow me to put these skills to good use.
I have some qualities that an RA should have. Leader, work well with others, helpful and more. As an RA, the residents look up to me like a role model and I want them to know that they can always count on me. Being a leader means that I can organize and prepare for unexpected situations. I also work well with everyone.
The biggest reason I want to be an RA is to create a community. It meant a lot to me coming in as a first-year, out-of-state student, to have people in my community like my RA and my RM who were invested in my development as an individual and our community of people; I've just felt that it was an amazing thing how my resident advisor and my resident mentor could make Owen Hall feel like a second home to me, and that I could feel at home, be myself, and laugh and struggle with all the residents there. My reason for being an RA is that I want to create a community like the one that I have now, and I want to be a positive influence on those kids who might be worried out of their minds about how difficult and daunting college might be. It definitely made a difference to me to have someone like my resident advisor around, and I want to be able to make that same difference as well.
My lifetime goal is to make a difference in the world. Growing up, I have seen a signifcant amount of hate and intolerance, and as someone who desires to make a better world for the current generation and the generation to come, I understand it's not going to happen all at once. Let's be real it would take a miracle for me to make a change that big in 100 years. But what I can do is make a difference in my world a little bit at a time. If I can help someone whose in need, and make thier world a little bit better, with my knowledge and experience, by the time I die, I can be satisfied with the good I left in the world. I know it sounds selfish, to use my experience to help me reach a personal goal, but I know that in the end many, many lives will be made better, even if it's just for the years their on college, or whenever they are having a bad time.
I want to be an RA because I want to help students with the transition to college. Its a very new experience and for me I didn't have siblings who went through it to guide or help me so in the begging of the year I felt really lost and confuse. But the more I got to know my RAs the more they become like my big brother and sister in helping with all things college. I want to do the same for others so they dont have to feel as I felt in the beginning of the year.
So I can impact other peoples lives the way my RAs did this year.
I want to be an RA because I think I will be a great opportunity to experience working with a generation of students that is trhiving.
I want to be a Resident Advisor because I can share my university experiences with the other students, both the bad and good. I also want to be a person that my residents would feel comfortable to talk to and that they know I understand their struggles and my willingness to give them any assistance they need.
I was a link crew leader in high school. I don’t know if you know what that is, but I get to show freshmen around the school and help them get situated and give them tips on how to make the adjustment to high school. Then you have monthly group meetings to check up on them and see how school is going. I really enjoyed being apart of that program and I really felt like I was able to help my Link kids. I also really like to be involved in the community, and think this would be a great way to be even more involved.
I want to be an RA for many reasons. First of all the experience, meeting new people, leadership skills, building my resume, working as a team/with others.
I would love to be given the opportunity to offer my services to help assist individuals on life skills such as gaining employment, GED, cooking, cleaning, parenting, shopping, laundry, budgeting and prioritizing what is urgent vs. Important. As a RA I have the people skills needed to make a difference in many lives by educating individuals on life skills so that these individuals to be successful and productive in their lives and in the community. I feel I can provide the tools necessary in helping individuals become responsible, successful and productive. I would love to empower residents through education that you can achieve your goals and dreams.
I like the idea of working where I live and I like social engagement and hosting fun activities.
I want to be an RA because I want to be a part of something bigger than myself. I have been successful in my first year here, but I don't want to just focus on myself for the next three years. I want to help other people be achieve their goals and be successful as well.
I want to be an RA because I love to inspire people. I want to be the person everyone on the floor feels comfortable with and be the person they come to whenever there is a problem. I will be able to encourage them with whatever they want to do, help them get involved, and help them with whatever problem they are facing. I also love putting on programs, as I have experienced throughout my position as USHA's Programming Committee Chair. I have a weird obsession with door decorations as well. Furthermore, I want to enforce the different rules and policies UCM has set forth and relay information to my residents for important things such as check outs. I love being able to help people and seeing them succeed.
I want to be an RA because living on campus has been such a wonderful experience for me. I want to create the home away from home feeling for others. I also would gain valuable skills for the future.
Growing as a person, impact on others, connection with lifeguarding.
I want to be an RA to become more involved with the York community, and to make living a college fun for students who don't really like it.
To meet people and make friends and make connections.
I am passionate about meeting new people and being able to connect with them on different levels. I feel as if it is very important for others to know that there is someone in their corner rooting for them and I can be that person.
I want to be an RA because I want to help people make the most of the college experience, while also being someone to count on.
I want to be an RA because it is the type of position that suits my capabilities, and I love helping people. I am a very social person, and I enjoy meeting new people and talking. I have a very positive outlook on the world, and always try and find the best in a situation and have fun with it. I think that my mindset is good, because I have a very objective way of looking at things and I am able to look at a situation objectively, and see both sides of an argument. I am a person who is very non-judgemental and approachable, two attributes I think are important to the RA position.
I want to be an RA because I had a great experience living in my college dorm and I realize that a large piece of that was due to the fact that I felt a sense of community in my hall and that I felt connected to the people I was living with. Therefore, I want to create this environment for others.
I want to share my positive experiences from living in residential dorm life with upcoming freshman and act as a community facilitator for Syracuse university. I also want to integrate residents in an environment where they feel comfortable enough to express themselves and grow as individuals.
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