The job application process has many different stages, and all of them are very important. Specifically the interview stage.
Why is this so? Look at it this way.
From the time that you read a job advertisement to the second you send in your job application, all activities are aimed at one consequence – the interview.
And that is why interviews are looked forward to and dreaded at the same time.
But if you have started off on the right foot, there isn’t anything that can go wrong. A well-constructed resume and compelling content in a cover letter all lead to one eventuality – the interview stage.
Preparation is essential here.
No matter how well you know your work, if you do not prepare for the interview, the effort you put into your resume and cover letter will go to waste.
There are some typical and some not so typical interview questions, and you have to be prepared for all of them.
A simple why are you interested in working as a residence director question may not be so simple after all.
The employer is possibly waiting for you to say the right things so that he can jump up and welcome you to the team. What you say is how you are perceived.
Here is a set of interview questions and answers for a residence director position that should interest you:
Residence Director Interview Questions and Answers
How would you rate your supervision and leadership qualities? Why have you rated them this high/low?
As far as supervision and leadership qualities are concerned, I am a nine on a scale of 1 to 10. That is because experience has taught me that there isn’t one way to exercise leadership and handle supervisory tasks. As the situation varies, I change my style to ensure efficacy.
If you have ever been involved in a creative program, describe what you accomplished.
One the biggest challenges that I have been posed with is inducting new students into a resident hall. Bullying and ragging is always a scare. So I introduced an “icebreaker” program for new students, which provided existing ones with a chance to get to know their new resident mates personally. It reduced bullying by a significant percentage.
What methods have you implemented to come close to the students in your hall?
I make sure that I connect with each student on a personal level. My doors are open for counseling services and discussion, and this flexible conduct keeps me close to the students.
What kind of a student hall do you prefer to work in? Why?
While I do not have any issues working with any type, I prefer working with international students as I believe that I have the hospitality skills that are needed to make them feel comfortable in a new school, away from their country. Additionally, I am proficient in communicating in Spanish, French, German and Cantonese which helps too.