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RA Position - February 16th 2009, 12:26 AM

So, I'm currently in the stages of applying to be a Resident Assistant (RA) at my uni. I just completed Stage 2 of 3. If I make it past Stage 2 I have an individual interview this weekend.

Basically, I want tips of anyone who knows an RA or of anyone who has applied to be an RA or just general interview advice. I'd have to interview with 2 current RAs and a professional Resident Director (RD). I just need advice on how to make a good impression.

80 people applied for 14 spots and I would really like to be one of the 14.


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Re: RA Position - February 16th 2009, 09:27 AM

I've not applied for it myself but I would mention what you can bring to them and your people skills in particular. Stress that you're good at problem solving and talking to anyone, it's ok to stretch the truth a little as long as it is not traceable.
   
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Re: RA Position - February 17th 2009, 01:45 AM

So you're not transferring? Can you ask your RA for advice?


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Re: RA Position - February 17th 2009, 04:33 AM

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So you're not transferring? Can you ask your RA for advice?
No, I'm not transferring.


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Re: RA Position - February 17th 2009, 04:36 AM

I've never applied to be an RA, but I definitely think one way to set yourself apart would be to mention your work on TeenHelp! It's one way to set yourself apart from the other 79 people, right?

I think it shows dedication and willingness to be a responsible mentor for other young adults.


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Re: RA Position - February 17th 2009, 04:46 AM

That's a really good idea. I never thought about that.


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Re: RA Position - February 17th 2009, 05:38 PM

I got the interview. They emailed us this morning and I have an interview either tomorrow or next Tuesday. Yay!


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Re: RA Position - February 18th 2009, 02:22 PM

I personally wouldn't mention TeenHelp -- it's not generally something that would go down favourably.
   
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Re: RA Position - February 21st 2009, 05:45 PM

Really? I've gotten a lot of positive feedback from my teachers and IRL friends. They think it's a very modern way to help one learn about people and give back to the community and stuff.


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Re: RA Position - February 21st 2009, 08:22 PM

I had my interview Friday and I'll find out the 27th. I mentioned that I have experience helping teenagers in crisis and volunteered as staff on a teen help site but didn't mention which one.


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Re: RA Position - February 21st 2009, 09:22 PM

How did it go? Good luck by the way! I'll leave this open in case you want to update us
   
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Re: RA Position - February 21st 2009, 11:35 PM

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Yes really, I want to apply for medicine, I was told not to put it on any application forms or mention it in interview under any circumstances because it's looked on as irresponcible and generally detrimental to your application. :/

Maybe it's different for different things.
   
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Re: RA Position - February 21st 2009, 11:52 PM

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How did it go? Good luck by the way! I'll leave this open in case you want to update us
It went alright I think. I did as well as I could. So we'll see in a week.


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Re: RA Position - February 22nd 2009, 10:14 AM

I think for something like an RA position talking about having experience helping people through hard times, giving advice, etc. is good to mention - RAs are intended to be a resource for their residents and to be their go-to person! Probably good that you didn't give specifics so they won't like track you down, but yeah. :]

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Re: RA Position - February 28th 2009, 01:02 AM

I got offered an alternate position. So basically, if someone gets fired or doesn't accept the position, I'll be an RA.


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