FAQs

Who do I contact if I have questions about the process?

  • Assistant Director, Joe Hawkins hawkinjj@miamioh.edu
  • Any member of the Residence Life team in your community

What should I wear to the interview?

  • The recommended attire for RA Interviews is business casual. Appropriate business casual attire can include: slacks, khakis, dresses, skirts, or non-ripped jeans; and open-collar or polo shirts, sweaters, dress shirts, or blouses. You do not need to wear a suit, tie, or other business professional outfits. You are more than welcome to wear what you have in your closet that you feel confident and professional wearing.

What are the topics asked about in the interview?

  • Leadership Experience
  • Group Dynamics
  • Facilitating the Transition to Adulthood
  • Extending the Learning Environment beyond the Classroom
  • Creating Safe and Healthy Homes
  • Supporting Persistence and Retention
  • Developing Diverse and Inclusive Communities

How do I prepare for the interview?

  • Talk to your RA about their experiences as an RA
  • Reflect on your leadership experiences and transferable skills you have from them
  • Plan on giving examples rather than just your opinions. Give us your experiences when answering questions.
  • Be yourself!

What does RA compensation look like?

  • Resident Assistant stipend amounts are determined by adding a board supplement ($1,000 for all RAs, except those in Heritage Commons) and an RA allowance ($1,000) to the cost of the room they will be assigned to. Since the design of the total stipend has a room rate attached, total amounts will vary based upon both the type of room to which RAs are assigned and their respective cohort year.
  • All stipends are paid in equal installments across ten months and prorated when a RA begins later than the initial start date listed in the terms of service. While the stipend is based on the cost of the RA’s room, it does not cover the cost directly. All RAs are expected to pay their housing costs on the same schedule as other students.
  • Please check the Stipend breakdown for more information.

I am in a hall right now - does that mean I will be an RA there for sure?

  • There are no guarantees of placements based off of previous communities. We like our RA staff to be as diverse in majors and experiences as possible. This also depends on how many RAs are returning to their own hall.

What types of references should I provide?

  • Two references are required; the third is optional. Follow the directions on the third reference spot if you do not have the third reference.
  • You should have one reference from a Residence Life Staff member (RA, RD, Grad, AC).
  • You can ask a former employer, professor, teacher, etc. to be your second reference.
  • You should not provide references from family members, friends, or other people who do not know you from a professional context.

Do I need a resume?

  • Resumes are a good professional development opportunity, but are not required to apply to be a Resident Assistant.
  • Submitting a resume could speed up the application process because the application can autofill information based off of your resume.

What qualifications do I need to have to be an RA?

  • All candidates must have completed at least two full semesters prior to beginning their time of service.
  • Maintaining a 2.5 GPA
  • Be in both Academic good standing and good standing with the Office of Community Standards
  • Be available for the dates on listed in the RA Terms of Service.
  • There are no set qualifications or student organizations to be a part of to become an RA, we want people who have all sorts of different leadership experiences!

I am a transfer student, can I be an RA?

  • Yes! Email Assistant Director Joe Hawkins to talk about your previous experiences of living on campus, hawkinjj@miamioh.edu

I am unavailable for all interview times, what should I do?

  • You should try your best to be at the interview times
  • On rare occasions, we can be flexible
  • Email Assistant Director Joe Hawkins about your circumstances hawkinjj@miamioh.edu