Student Staff Selection FAQ
How do I apply?
Applications are available in your e-portfoloio by clicking on the "Housing and Staff Selection" link in the Residential Life section. Once you are in the Selection website, you will see a box that says "ResLife Staff". Please click the "ResLife Staff Selection" link inside the box on left to access the position descriptions and applications.
What if I am returning to staff?
Candidates who have already been an RA, HM or CA are expected to present a portfolio as part of their interview process.
How are GPA and judicial checks utilized?
Candidates are required to be in good academic standing. If a candidate applies and is academically deficient, ze will not be allowed to participate in the selection process. If a student is issued academic discipline after being hired but before starting in the position, the offer will be revoked. Students found in poor academic standing after having served in the position for at least one semester will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with their respective class dean.
Candidates are also expected to have no more than one judicial point at the time of their application submission. If a candidate is on active Disciplinary Probation or receives a Warning for an incident that occurs during the semester of hire, they will be removed from the process. A student who has an egregious judicial history, even if no longer on probation, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine eligibility in the process.
What happens to applications that are turned in late?
The application deadline is posted on all recruitment publicity, discussed at information sessions, included in the selection process timeline, and noted on the application itself. Candidates can turn in their application at any time before the deadline, not just on the due date itself. Any application received after the deadline will not be accepted for the current selection process.
How are incomplete files treated?
If a candidate does not have the necessary materials in their file (ex. missing recommendation, incomplete application, etc.), the candidate will be contacted to explain what is needed for the file to be completed. The candidate will be given the opportunity to complete any portion of the application that was missing, if the cause for its omission is reasonable.
What makes a suitable reference?
Family members and friends are not suitable references. Applicants are encouraged to solicit references from current or former professors/instructors, supervisors, advisors, volunteer coordinators or guidance counselors. Although not required, it is highly suggested that at least one reference be from a former or current ResLife staff member. It is the candidate's responsibility to identify references, and ensure they are submitted on time.
What if a candidate cannot attend the group process?
Participation in the group process is mandatory. Any candidate seeking an exception must contact Maureen Isleib, Associate Director of Residential Life, in advance. Suitable explanations include but are not limited to academic commitments and/or sudden, unplanned life events. It should be pointed out that the date(s) for the group process are provided in the application materials, allowing time to plan appropriately. Furthermore, applicants are encouraged to adjust plans, if possible, to accommodate the group process as it could be detrimental to their candidacy to be seen by fewer staff members.
If a candidate is scheduled to participate in a group process but fails to attend and does not have a suitable explanation, ze will be eliminated from consideration.
What if a candidate misses their interview?
As with the group process, if a candidate is able to make contact in advance, has sufficient cause, and time permits, the interview can be rescheduled. If the candidate simply fails to attend their interview and does not have sufficient cause, they will be eliminated from consideration.
Interview times are scheduled by the candidates themselves, in advance, so there is sufficient time to plan accordingly.
I am currently abroad. Can I still apply for a position?
We will attempt to interview candidates in the fall semester if they are going to be abroad during the spring interview process. However if this is not possible, we will arrange a phone or Skype interview with the candidate when ze is abroad. Candidates who are abroad during the interview process are exempt from the group interview.
How is "hireability" determined, and how do the scores affect the decision?
The scores a candidate receives during the various activities of the selection process are averaged and that score is used to begin separating candidates in determining hireability. The individual interview and group process are both weighed equally. Candidates with low average scores and overall recommendations "with reservations" or "do not hire" can, and should be deemed unhireable. These criteria are not rigid, but serve as benchmarks for determining candidates whose circumstances need further review.
How should I dress for my interviews?
Although we do not require that candidates wear full business attire, candidates need to remember that it is a job interview. Personal presentation should be neat and demonstrate that the candidate is serious about the position.
How is placement determined? What if I don't like my placement?
In determining a candidate's placement, supervisors struggle to develop well-balanced staff groups. An ideal team consists of skills and traits that complement one another. Although a candidate may express a desire to work in a particular area or with a particular population, they may be needed in another location.
If a candidate is offered a position which ze does not like, ze cannot turn it down in the hopes of being offered a position elsewhere. Not accepting an offer automatically removes the person from our pool of eligible candidates.
What if I plan to go abroad in the fall but want to be on staff when I return?
If a candidate is planning to go abroad in the fall semester, ze must still go through the interview process the preceding spring.
How will I be notified of my status?
All candidates will receive notification of their status and offer letters via their Wesleyan email address. Anyone who wants a paper copy instead must notify the associate director in advance.
What if I can't make it to training?
Mandatory training is held at the beginning of each semester for all student staff. It is expected that all staff members be present and available throughout training and New Student Orientation. Employment dates are specified in all student staff contracts.