Selection Process

The Selection Process consists of the following steps:

Information Sessions

Join us for one our upcoming Information Sessions to learn more about our positions. The same content will be shared at all sessions, with current paraprofessionals from the area hosting serving on a panel for Q&A at the end of the session. Just select a session that works with your schedule.

Hosted By




Urbana North
Wednesday, 9/22

8:00 pm

Illinois Street Residence Hall (ISR) - Room 94 A/B

Ikenberry North

Thursday, 9/23

7:00 pm

Student Dining & Residential Programs Building (SDRP) - Room 2050

Urbana South

Monday, 9/27

5:00 pm

Oglesby Hall (FAR) - Oglesby Main Lounge

Ikenberry South

Wednesday, 9/29

7:00 pm

Bousfield Hall - Room 1045

Missed the Information Sessions?  - Click here to view the Information Session recording

Current RAs will be on hand to tell you about the Illinois Residential Experience (IRE) and their role in the residence halls implementing IRE. Attending an Information Session is optional, however, it is highly suggested to increase your understanding of the process, the positions, and what it takes to be a successful candidate. Come with your own questions and be prepared to learn a great deal about what applying for our positions could mean for you.

Online Application (Required for all candidates)

Applications for the Paraprofessional Selection Process hiring for the 2022–2023 academic year will be accepted beginning Monday, October 4, 2021 at 8 am through Monday, October 18 at 6:59 pm.

Submitted applications will be evaluated and scored by members of the Residential Life Professional Staff. Applications are scored on the following criteria: accuracy, thoroughness, a well-prepared resume highlighting residence hall involvement and leadership (utilizing the template provided), current and past campus involvements, and the quality of the cover letter essay response (utilizing the template provided). 

For 2022–2023 there will be 187 RA positions in the undergraduate residence halls. Each year, approximately 45% of our paraprofessional staff are returners (2nd or 3rd year paraprofessionals) and approximately 55% are newly hired out of the selection process. We have many more qualified applicants than we have available positions. This is a highly competitive process. 

The number of applicants invited to participate in the Formal Interview day is approximately 200. Generally, we receive 250-300 applications for Resident Advisor positions each year; therefore, candidates will be cut from the process based on application scores, judicial/conduct checks, and/or special case situations that warrant release from the applicant pool as determined by the Assistant Director of Residential Life who has responsibility for the process. You will be notified via your Illinois email account if you are released from the pool for any reason. Please make sure you are checking this email account on a regular basis during the selection process as our correspondence will be via your lllinois email account only.

Formal Interview

(All candidates who have qualified)

Friday, November 5, 2021

Each candidate invited to interview will spend 30 minutes with a two-person team of Residential Life Professional and Paraprofessional Staff members. Candidates will be notified by email on Friday, October 29, 2021 with their scheduled interview time. You will share information about your availability on interview day when you complete the online application. We do occasionally have to reschedule candidates. More details will be announced to those who are invited to participate in a formal interview.

The interview is assessed at 75% of the overall selection process score. We are evaluating the candidate's ability to articulate their experiences and ideas in the areas of community building, leadership, multiculturalism, inclusivity, community standards, involvement in their residence hall community, student academic success, learning, team work, and to show overall maturity as well as a thorough understanding of the RA job.

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