The first round of HA interviews is coming up! These interviews will be individual, where the candidate will sit down with a senior HA and a Resident Director (RD) to answer a few questions and ask a few of their own. As ever, I have my two cents to share when it comes to the interview process, but first let’s revisit the Res Life mission statement:
The Department of Residence Life facilitates a residential experience in which students feel supported in their academic pursuits, personal growth, and participation in an interdependent community.
We envision a vibrant, safe, and inclusive living environment where every student is actively engaged. It is our intention that students develop a sense of pride and investment in Reed.
HA hopefuls have asked what they need to prepare as they approach this interview, and my advice is to keep that mission statement in mind and brainstorm a few things:
- What is your current relationship to this mission statement? Have you already taken part in furthering Res Life’s goals through other groups on campus?
- What does a vibrant, safe, and inclusive living environment look like? Have you been a part of one before? Have you been a part of an environment that was not those things?
- Think about your relationship with the honor principle at Reed. What does honor look like in a community? How can you encourage peers, friends, or residents to be honorable?
You don’t have to prepare any statements or have programs designed already. Just remember to let your personality shine through and let us at Res Life know what you’re excited about!