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INTERVIEW PROCESS

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What You Can Expect

Timing

Houses are limited to interviewing each applicant a maximum of twice per house, per position. Houses will contact you either through the Student Affairs Application System (SAAS) or via email to schedule interviews. Remember to check your junk mail folder.

Each house follows their own timeline and process within the Selection timeframe outlined on our website. They may have one or multiple rounds of interviews, one or more types of interviews (individual, group, activity-based, etc.), and may start interviewing at varying times. For this reason, do not assume where you are at in an interview process with one given house.. For instance, you could receive no interview invitations within the first two weeks, and then receive several in the third week. Be patient. House staff will do their best to communicate their interview schedule to selected candidates as soon as they set their interview dates and times. If you don’t hear from a house, it is possible that the house isn’t interviewing that week or you may not have received an invitation to interview. Some houses have chosen to share their interview plans so applicants will know what to expect, which you can find on their individual house pages.

Professionalism

Interviewers should treat this process seriously and act professionally. For example, they should not give you any indication (implied or otherwise) as to your status in their process, nor should they ask you to give them any indication of your preferences. Please report any concerns you have about the Selection process using this form. You can also contact us with any concerns at  selection@stanford.edu.This is especially crucial because The Match will occur at the same time for both The Row and RF house placements. To learn more about why this benefits you as a candidate, visit our “Ranking Position/House Preferences” page and click on the informational video about The Match.

​What We Expect of You

  • Be there! Cancelling at the last minute or not showing up at all is NOT ACCEPTABLE.
  • Arrive early! Getting there five minutes early is best.
  • Dress nicely! You do not need to wear a suit, but do not show up in sweats.
  • Be prepared! Do your research on the house and on the Selection process.
  • Ask questions! Interviewing is a two-way street. Houses will interview you, but you should also come with questions for them.

​Preparing for Interviews

Please note, there is not a standard set of interview questions across houses and positions. Below are a list of questions you can ask yourself to help prepare for your interview:  

  • What are three qualities that make me a unique candidate? What stories can I tell that exemplify these qualities?
  • What unique impact will I have on the community?
  • Why do I want to staff at a specific house?
  • What do I hope to gain while working in a specific house?
  • What are some of my strengths and weaknesses?
  • How could I complement the house/staff I’m interviewing for?
  • What questions do I want to ask?

For more tips on how to prepare for these (and other) interviews, contact BEAM: BEAM: Career Education.