Frequently Asked Questions for 2019-2020 RA Candidates
When are interviews again?
Group interviews occur on Wednesday, January 16. There are two time blocks - an early afternoon interview session (1-3:20 p.m.) or a late afternoon interview session (3:45-6:05 p.m.) to choose between. Individual Interviews consist of an hour and five minute time slot between the hours of 8:40 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18.
How do I sign up for an interview slot?
You should have received an email from HireBing about signing up for interviews. Please follow those instructions which include two links to sign up for a group interview and individual interview time slot. IMPORTANT: Please remember that there are approximate 400 candidates interviewing for the RA position. Sign-ups for interviews are first come first served and as such, we cannot make accommodations for specific interview time needs.
What should I expect at the interviews?
During the group interview, you'll be assigned to a small group with about 5-8 other candidates. There will be a professional Residential Life staff member present who will welcome you and get you started on your group interview. The group interview is a group self-directed experience where you'll be presented with different scenarios that you will discuss, process and sometimes come up with solutions for as a group. This provides us with a sense of how you would work on a team. A few current RAs will also be in the room observing the group activity as well. Both the professional staff member and RAs will be making notes as to group members interactions to include as a part of each candidate's candidate file.
During the individual interview, you have the opportunity to meet with a current RA and three separate professional staff members from Residential Life who will ask you a series of questions and allow time at the end for you to ask questions as well. You will remain at the interview table, with the current RA interviewing you for the duration of your interview and the three professional staff members will rotate through the table for different sections of questions. The professional staff members and the RA will be making notes as to your responses to include in your candidate file.
What if I need accommodations for either the group and/or the individual interview?
Any accommodation requests for interviews should be requested by emailing the RA Selection Committee at RAS@binghamton.edu. The committee will then work with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities to determine accommodations.
I thought the residence halls won't be open until January 20, will I be allowed back in my residence hall or apartment?
Yes, residence halls do not open for students until Sunday, January 20, however, all students scheduled for interviews with Residential Life will be granted permission to move back into their residence hall/apartment as of 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16. You will be approved for early arrival and have appropriate card access. However, please note that all University and Residential Life policies are in effect during this time period.
What if I need assistance regarding my housing during this time period?
All of the Community Offices will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. There will also be an RA on duty each night in the residence hall/area from 8 p.m. through midnight.
Where will I be able to eat before the residence halls full open?
The dining hall in C4 will be open starting on Wednesday, January 16. Limited locations in the Marketplace are also open during business hours Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Please refer to the Binghamton University Dining Website for information on when additional dining locations around campus open.
How should I dress for the interviews?
For group process on Wednesday, please come dressed business casual. For your individual interview on Thursday or Friday, please dress business professional. Please check out the Fleishman Center's website for more information about dress and other professional job presentation tips.
What happens after the interviews?
After the interviews, the RA Selection Committee and then each of the communities' professional staff will review candidate files to determine which candidates will be offered a position and in which community, which candidates will be offered a spot on our wait list and which candidate will not be offered a position or a spot on the wait list for this upcoming academic year. Candidates will be notified of their status during the last week of February.
For any other questions, please contact the RA Selection Committee at RAS@binghamton.edu. Please note that the University operates on reduced staffing over the period of December 24 through January 1 and as such, any emails during that time won't be responded to until after the new year.