OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Tuesday, February 4

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QUESTION: Is it easy to become a don?

13 comments

  1. Yea, just make 'em an offer they can't refuse.

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  2. if you are qualified

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    1. What kind of experience do they look for? (Sorry if I'm being annoying.)

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    2. leadership experience, involvement on campus, a good personality

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  3. They're looking for people who are approachable, good at managing conflict, have some experience running events, etc. Being involved on campus is definitely an asset. Do you have more specific questions?

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  4. Whats the interview process like? Any ideas?

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  5. I actually really enjoyed the interview process. It's carousel style so you get put in a group of four that goes around to different stations. There's a one-on-one interview, some teamwork exercises, scenarios, and one station we just had to talk about topics they gave us.

    Everyone is really friendly so that made the interview a lot less stressful. I was super nervous before I went but that went away really quickly.

    Just go in prepared as you would for any interview but be ready to work with people.

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  6. how many get called for an interview? how many positions are there?
    sorry for so many ques :$

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  7. At SJ, if you like fining people = automatic don

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  8. I think over 100 new dons get chosen for a carousel interview.
    I'm a don :)

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  9. I could have easily become a don, my don asked me to, and he said he would put a good word in for me. He was also well known for being the best don ever in the don circles. I really should have listened to him...

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  10. approximately 700 students apply every year to be dons. of that about 100 are hired. generally, half of those 100 are returners.
    you need to make a yourself stand out in the carousel, be a leader with a strong voice, but don't be bossy or talk over other candidates.
    experience at places such as summer camps, lifeguarding, and working in leadership positions is really beneficial. be involved in campus life, but if you're the leader of ten clubs, they won't hire you. you need to be able to commit a lot of your time and energy to being a don, it is by no means an easy job. Not to mention that your students generally have no idea how much time and energy you put into making their residence experience better. it's mostly really fun (if you have the right personality), but it can also be frustrating and thankless.

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