Wilkes University

Returning RA Selection

2019-2020 Returning RA Selection

The returning RA interview process has been created to evaluate candidates and provide an opportunity for returning RAs to showcase their talents, accomplishments, and vision for growth within the position as it pertains to their desire to return to staff. Please use this webpage as a guide through that process.

The job description can be found by clicking the button below. As noted, returning RAs will be held to the eligibility requirements established when they applied.

2019-2020 RA Job Description

Returning RA Application

Returning RAs will be expected to complete an application in order to be considered for rehire. The application is formatted as a Google Form and will require you to use your Wilkes University credentials to access the form. The best way to do this is to open an Incognito/Private window and sign into your Wilkes google account, then access the application link. Applications are due no later than Friday, February 1, 2019.

The application will contain several short answer questions. They are included here. It may be helpful to write these in a document and then paste into the form when you are ready to complete. 
(1) Why did you reapply for the position? What do you hope to gain from the RA experience next year?
(2) Describe an instance where you learned from a mistake. 
(3) If you could change one thing about Residence Life (your RA position, the department, etc.), what would it be?

2019 - 2020 Returning RA Application

Returning RA Individual Interview & Presentation

Each returning RA will be expected to participate in an individual interview with the Area Coordinators of Residence Life. The details of these interviews can be found below. Returning RAs should dress in business casual attire wherever possible. Returning RAs should expect this interview to be scheduled between February 6 - 22, 2019 at a time that is mutually agreed upon. 

Interview Format

Candidates should plan on a 30 minute interview. The interviews will consist of a presentation given by the Returning RA candidate, questions by the interview panel, and questions from the candidate. The format for the presentation is up to the candidate. The only expectation is that the presentation be no more than 10 minutes long. Approximate time frames are shared below. 

  • Candidate Presentation: 10 minutes
  • Panel Questions: 15 minutes
  • Candidate Questions: 5 minutes

Presentation Prompt

According to Simon Sinek, organizations, and by extension individuals, who start with the “Why” they do what they do rather than the “what” they produce will be more successful in reaching folks and achieving their goals. In Residence Life, we can see the impacts of sharing the reason for what we do on the residents we serve. Candidates are expected to listen to this podcast, by clicking the button below, in order to be prepared for their presentation and interview. 

"How Great Leaders Inspire Action" by Simon Sinek

You are welcome to interpret and respond to Sinek's suggestions however you see fit. You may want to consider: What is your "why?" How do you see "starting with why" impacting your ability to do your job? In what instances are you drawn to explaining the "what" and how might starting with your why change the way you handle those incidents? What might Sinek's suggestions do to your ability to create and maintain a community in your residence halls. 

Presentation Evaluation

Candidate presentations will be evaluated on the degree in which the following criteria are successfully satisfied: presentation time management, consideration of community served, creativity, awareness of individual strengths and weaknesses from past performance, and quality of answers provided for questions posed by the interviewing panel.

You've Applied. You've Interviewed. Now What?

Time to wait patiently! The RA Selection crew will review all applications and make selections and placements based on putting together the best possible team we can to serve the Wilkes University residential population. That takes time.

Application Decisions - Monday, March 11

Candidates will be informed, via their official Wilkes University email accounts, of their status in our application process by Monday, March 11. At that time, folks will be notified if they have received a position or if we cannot offer them a position at that time. 

RA Team Meet & Greet - Friday, April 12

Immediately following the New RA Orientation, the entire 2019-2020 RA Team will gather to meet one another, learn names, and start building the long-lasting and deeply meaningful relationships we have all come to expect from Residence Life. 


If you have questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact Ray FeDora, Assistant Director of Residence Life.