Here are sample questions that candidates can ask the Residence Hall Directors during the selection process. We want candidates to learn more about each hall and position. It will also allow RHDs to learn more about the candidates by the type of questions that are asked and the dialogue that develops as part of the process. You are not limited to these questions. Feel free to ask any questions that are important to you.  

  • What are the demographics of the building/area (age, special population, etc.)?
  • About how many hours a week will I need to be available?
  • Can I hold a job outside of the MA/RA position?  How many hours?  Who approves it?
  • How does duty work in your building?
  • What does the RA/MA training program consist of?
  • How many students would I be responsible for on my floor/area?
  • What are your specific expectations for me as a RA/MA?
  • What goals do you have for X community next year?
  • What expectations do you have for a staff member?
  • What is the importance of diversity in your community?
  • What qualities do you look for in a staff member?
  • How do you train staff members?
  • How do you support staff as students, role models, etc.?
  • How do you define multiculturalism/diversity?
  • What do you believe is the main role of a resident assistant/multicultural advisor?
  • How do you communicate your concerns?
  • What is your philosophy on recognition?
  • How do you foster/facilitate staff relations?
  • What activities, opportunities, challenges are specific to your building?
  • How many staff positions does your building have?
  • Is there a difference between duty nights during the week and on the weekend?
  • Can you describe a staff development that you have used this year?
  • What is the single most important RA/MA qualification from your perspective?
  • What are some of the most important skills that an RA or MA should possess?
  • What can I expect to learn from you personally?
  • How (or what factors) do you consider when hiring a new staff person?
  • What skills can I hope to gain from this interview experience?
  • What is your RHD philosophy on discipline?
  • What types of decisions do you as RHD allow your RAs and MAs to make?
  • What do you routinely delegate to staff?
  • Can you give examples of what "working together" means in your staff?
  • What has been the hardest aspect of your RHD position?
  • Why did you become an RHD?  What was your paraprofessional experience like?