I want to apply, but I don’t know if I’m qualified!
Some of our best Secretariat once thought the same. Take some time to consider how your current skills can benefit the Secretariat team – are you confident in your ability to plan, execute, and support your colleagues? With a such a small team, all your individual skills and knowledge have the potential to make a large contribution. Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses should you be hired for the position, and when in doubt, apply anyways!
I haven’t staffed before, can I still be a secretariat?
Being a good staff doesn’t mean you’ll make a good secretariat. Hence, while staff experience is undoubtedly an asset, in a management and supervisory position, such as the RichMUN Secretariat, you should have a more varied set of skills and experiences to make you a good secretariat.
How can I best communicate my potential?
Tell us about your transferable skills: A secretariat’s job is a combination of many smaller tasks and responsibilities, and we want to know how you’ve developed the skills you need for it through other experiences – especially through involvement outside of MUN. If you organized events in student council, managed a club, or tutored others, chances are you’re developed some of the skills and knowledge we’re looking for.
What are the most common mistakes I can avoid?
Avoid empty statements! While you may be tempted to use statements such as, “I have strong leadership, communication, teamwork/etc. skills” this alone doesn’t tell us anything meaningful we can understand. We want to know what you did, why you did it, what effect it had, and (most importantly) how you think this experience and skills can help you as a secretariat. We want to know your genuine story, not a face you put on for a job.
What would you recommend for applicants?
Take some time to meaningfully reflect on your experiences and be humble enough to look at them through new lenses. While it may carry prestige, experience alone doesn’t indicate competence. However, actively reflecting and learning from your experiences means that you’ll have the highest possible chance of success. Set aside the time you need to consider what you learned about yourself, others, and your situation – and in turn, you’ll find it easier to describe your skills and experiences in a meaningful way.
What can I expect from a potential interview?
We made an entire page on how to prepare for an interview that will be helpful. You should check it out!
We approach your interview making sure that no element of your evaluation will be based on arbitrary knowledge, guesswork, or rehearsed (and generic) responses. While cookie-cutter interview questions may be good practice, they don’t give us a complete and accurate understanding of your skills and capabilities. At the end of the day, both interviewer and applicant are working together to evaluate a potential fit of your skills and attitudes.