RA Employment

Learn more about the Resident Assistant (RA) employment hiring process here. Also, come to one of the information sessions in the Coblentz Dreiling Seminar Room to learn more on either Thursday, Feb. 6 from 1 to 2 p.m. or Sunday, Feb. 9 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Below is a summary of the RA hiring process stages with key dates.

It is important for you to understand the expectations and required skills of the RA position. Please read all of the information thoroughly. If you have questions about the hiring process after reading this information, please email Area Coordinator, LaShawn Taylor, at taylor@hood.edu.

Process:  For full consideration, you must meet deadlines and participate in all required hiring activities, which includes Mock Interview with Career Center, Group Process, and an individual interview. Incomplete applications, failure to meet deadlines, not meeting job description requirements, or failure to participate in required hiring activities will result in an applicant being removed from consideration.

STEP 1 - Mock Interview with Career Center:  To prepare you for your individual interview if you decide to apply, it is important to have some practice and helpful feedback. To assist, Career Center staff will need to conduct a mock interview with you. Bring a print-out of your résumé to the mock interview appointment for review. Business casual dress is required to your mock interview appointment.

Your mock interview appointment will need to be between now and Friday, February 28. To schedule an appointment, complete the following:

  1. Go to the Hood College website and click on “Campus Community”
  2. Click on “Career Center” and scroll to the middle of the Career Center page, find Handshake, and click on “Click here to get started!”
  3. Click the “Sign-In with your e-mail.”  Sign-in with the credentials you would use for your e-mail and blackboard access.
  4. At the top right corner, click on “Career Center.”
  5. Within the drop-down selection, click “Appointments” and then “Schedule A New Appointment.”
  6. Choose the category titled “Interview Preparation and/or Mock Interview.”
  7. Choose the category again, titled “Interview Preparation and/or Mock Interview”
  8. Find the date and time that works best for you! You will receive an e-mail confirmation when your appointment has been approved.  If you do not see a time that works for your schedule, or have any additional questions, e-mail Bre Harwood, harwood@hood.edu.

STEP 2 - Group ProcessYou must attend RA Group Interview Process in the Coblentz Dreiling Seminar Room on Sunday, February 16 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.   This event will enable you to learn even more about the RA position.  Those unable to attend will not be considered for employment unless there is a majorconflict such as an academic/athletic event which cannot be rescheduled or family emergency, and it is cleared in advance. Casual/comfortable shoes and clothing are required.

STEP 3 - Employment Application: If you are interested in applying, please click here to review the job description and click here to access the employment application. A paper copy of your application must be submitted, along with your résumé, to the Student Life Suite during business hours. Applications will not be considered if submitted after 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12.

STEP 4 - Interview:  If you apply and meet all requirements, you can expect to be emailed no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 13 to schedule your individual interview, which will take place at a time selected between February 27 through March 6. You will be emailed a link to review possible interview appointments and select one which fits with your schedule. Interviews will be conducted by Residence Life staff members in their offices within the Student Life Suite on the second floor of Whitaker Campus Center.

  • Business casual dress is required.
  • Bring a "self-portrait" item to this interview to break the ice. This could be one of many things including a picture album, memento, favorite song, item of clothing, or a favorite book. The purpose of bringing a self-portrait item is to be able to share a creative expression piece with the interviewers and explain the qualities you have that the item reflects. For instance, you might bring a rubber band because it is flexible and hard to break. We encourage candidates to relate the item to their personality and/or to the position.