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During your Carousel process with current TTU residence hall staff, you will be asked several questions about your perception of the Resident Assistant (RA) job. In order to prepare yourself for these questions, take some time to reflect upon the following topic areas:

  • What is your concept of the RA position and knowledge of job expectations?
  • RAs act as referral sources for other residents. How much knowledge of the University do you have?
  • What is your attitude toward the RA position, the benefits of residence hall living and helping students?
  • RAs conduct programs and activities on his/her floor and for the hall residents. Do you know why they do this? Could you do this?
  • Why do you feel you would be a good RA? What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Do you have good communication skills? Explain.
  • RAs are required to enforce University policy and residence hall regulations. What is your attitude about policy enforcement and could you handle this aspect of the job?
  • Be able to discuss your leadership capabilities.
  • Be able to discuss the impact the job would have on your studies and current extra-curricular activities.
  • Be familiar with the RA Job Description.

Other interviewing tips:

  • Read the application packet carefully so that you are very familiar with the position and requirements.
  • Spend time talking with current RAs about what his/her job entails.
  • Ask an RA if you can interview or spend time with him/her when he/she is on duty.
  • Dress neatly and be on time for your Carousel interview.
  • Be sure to answer all questions with more than just a "yes" or "no."  We will also ask you to back up your answer.
  • Most important... BE YOURSELF! The purpose of the Carousel process is so you and the residence hall staff can get to know one another better. This is difficult to do if you are pretending to be someone you are not!