Brigham Young University Human Resource Services
Student Employment - 2024 WSC
Please ensure contracts are written within the approved range (shaded areas). In exceptional circumstances, departments may set contract amounts *15% below or *10% above the approved ranges as shown (in bold).
The "Student Employment Procedures" outline the specific criteria for a student to be hired on contract.
GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS & RESEARCH ASSISTANTS Contract Hours Graduate 1st Year Graduate 2nd Year or Advanced (MS Entry Level) (MS Entry Level) *-15% Based on 16 weeks *+10% *-15% Based on 16 Weeks *+10% 1 $222 $262 – $298 $328 $232 $273 – $316 $347 2 $445 $524 – $597 $656 $464 $546 – $631 $694 3 $667 $785 – $895 $984 $696 $819 – $947 $1,041 4 $890 $1,047 – $1,193 $1,312 $928 $1,092 – $1,262 $1,388 5 $1,112 $1,309 – $1,491 $1,640 $1,160 $1,365 – $1,578 $1,735 6 $1,335 $1,571 – $1,790 $1,968 $1,392 $1,638 – $1,893 $2,082 7 $1,557 $2,617 – $2,982 $3,281 $2,324 $2,733 – $3,155 $3,471 8 $1,780 $2,094 – $2,386 $2,625 $1,858 $2,184 – $2,524 $2,776 9 $2,002 $2,356 – $2,684 $2,953 $2,088 $2,457 – $2,840 $3,123 10 $2,225 $2,618 – $2,983 $3,281 $2,321 $2,730 – $3,155 $3,471 11 $2,447 $2,879 – $3,281 $3,609 $2,553 $3,003 – $3,471 $3,818 12 $2,670 $3,141 – $3,579 $3,937 $2,785 $3,276 – $3,786 $4,165 13 $2,892 $3,403 – $3,877 $4,265 $3,017 $3,549 – $4,102 $4,512 14 $3,115 $3,665 – $4,176 $4,593 $3,249 $3,822 – $4,417 $4,859 15 $3,337 $3,926 – $4,474 $4,921 $3,481 $4,095 – $4,733 $5,206 16 $3,560 $4,188 – $4,772 $5,249 $3,713 $4,368 – $5,048 $5,553 17 $3,782 $4,450 – $5,070 $5,577 $3,945 $4,641 – $5,364 $5,900 18 $4,005 $4,712 – $5,369 $5,905 $4,177 $4,914 – $5,679 $6,247 19 $4,227 $4,973 – $5,667 $6,233 $4,409 $5,187 – $5,995 $6,594 20 $4,450 $5,235 – $5,965 $6,562 $4,641 $5,460 – $6,310 $6,941 21 $4,672 $5,497 – $6,293 $6,890 $4,873 $5,733 – $6,626 $7,288 22 $4,895 $5,759 – $6,562 $7,218 $5,105 $6,006 – $6,941 $7,635 23 $5,117 $6,020 – $6,860 $7,546 $5,337 $6,279 – $7,257 $7,982 24 $5,340 $6,282 – $7,158 $7,874 $5,569 $6,552 – $7,572 $8,329 25 $5,562 $6,544 – $7,456 $8,202 $5,801 $6,825 – $7,888 $8,676 26 $5,785 $6,806 – $7,755 $8,530 $6,033 $7,098 – $8,203 $9,023 27 $6,007 $7,067 – $8,053 $8,858 $6,265 $7,371 – $8,519 $9,370 28 $6,230 $7,329 – $8,351 $9,186 $6,497 $7,644 – $8,834 $9,717 29 $6,452 $7,591 – $8,649 $9,514 $6,729 $7,917 – $9,150 $10,064
COMBINED CONTRACTS CANNOT EXCEED 29 HOURS
International Graduate Students are subject to different and specific requirements. Federal regulations limit international graduate students to 20 hours or less per week. There is no exception to this limit, even for those on contract. An international graduate student in violation may immediately lose his or her right to work in the United States.2013-2014 Grad Student Contract Stipends.docx [VND.OPENXMLFORMATS-OFFICEDOCUMENT.WORDPROCESSINGML.DOCUMENT, 21.52 KB]
- "If we do our part, we have the unspeakable privilege to be part of an enterprise that may cause inspired prophecy to be fulfilled. But, just as in the early days of our institution, this progress and improvement does not just happen. It requires continued blessings from heaven and also our best, consistent, and most effective efforts."
Best Qualified/Best Match
What is a "best hire?" Many would say it is the selection of the best qualified and best matched applicant to the job requirements and work environment. This pamphlet is designed to help hiring managers find and recognize these high impact players.
A "best hire" is achieved through both objective and subjective criteria. Sometimes a "dream" candidate appears on the scene at the right moment in time. But more likely, a "best hire" is the result of a superior hiring strategy executed through an effective hiring and selection process.
New Opportunities for Improvement
Every job opening is a chance to welcome talented new employees who can improve Brigham Young University by adding new skills, new approaches and new talent. Hiring managers have a responsibility to hire the candidate who will best meet the current and future needs of both the department and the university. Because many of the departments in the university see little turnover in key positions, each hire becomes even more critical. Every open position is an opportunity for change, new vision, and/or improvement.
Each hiring decision can have long-term consequences. A good time to review job functions and requirements is before filling a vacant position. Review university and department mission statements and consider how this position can help accomplish these goals:
- The basics:
- What qualifications would the ideal candidate possess?
- What are the essential skills, experience, education needs, and certifications?
- What factors have been the most important in the past for good performance?
- What will this person need to accomplish in the first six months?
- Up a Notch:
- What would great performance in this position be like?
- What are the "preferred" skills or talents that would make great performance possible?
- In Interviews:
- What key job-related information do you want to know about the candidate?
- What are key showstoppers that would greatly impact performance or team unity?
- What key things should be identified in interviews: verbal, non-verbal; past, future; task, relationships; detail, creativity; etc.?
Planning for the Best
A little planning can save a great deal of headache when employees decide to leave. Look at gaps between current talent and future required skills.
- Who will need to be replaced due to retirement, graduation, transfer, etc.?
- Does the position really need to be filled? Can the work be redistributed or even eliminated, perhaps with a change in working conditions?
How to Find the Best
Look outside the department:
Hiring outside the department can provide superior talent and new ideas, pushing everyone to a new level of performance. Generally, outside candidates should be 20% more qualified than internal candidates to justify the added time, energy, and resources that go into the additional training.
- Keep an open mind. Don't reject the idea of hiring from outside because of a good internal candidate.
- Use strong internal employees as benchmarks.
- Look for someone who has a fresh point of view and can contribute new ideas or skills.
- Remember that the ideal candidate may be happily employed elsewhere.
Look inside the department:
Sometimes the best person for a position is already working in the department. Internal candidates are already familiar with policies and procedures and have a working relationship with managers and other employees.
- Look at all necessary skills, not just competency in current job functions. Especially important are required leadership and people skills.
- Remember that having an employee who is popular and gets along well with others won't compensate for inadequate skills and inexperience.
- Consider that there may be candidates outside the organization who may have better skills or experience than any internal candidate.
Best Fit/Best Match
The right choice:
Has the needed skills to do the job and is immediately more productive than someone who does not meet the job requirements.
- Needs less supervision.
- Improves morale.
- Is satisfied with the new job and is eager to learn and to make a contribution.
- Comes to work on time and ready to work hard.
- Contributes to growth and improvement beyond what it takes to "just get by".
Was the last hire an eagle?
Eagles are employees who soar in new jobs taking the entire department to higher levels. Average hires take up time, energy, and can even waste valuable resources. Some of these average hires can look like eagles during interviews, while some true eagles don't appear to soar during the interview process. Find true eagles by looking in the right places and doing necessary homework: check references and contact past employers, conduct good interviews, etc. For more information on interviewing and reference checks, please refer to the Hiring Tips & Guidelines.
"Don't hire just because you have an open position. Wait for the 'great hire'."
"It all starts with a 'great hire'. It all ends with a 'medium hire'."
"People are not your most important asset. The right people are."
- The basics:
Hiring the best candidate for a position is a big responsibility for hiring managers and interviewing is an important part of this process. Interviews should be used along with reference checks to identify qualified applicants. Below are different categories of sample interview questions. This list of sample interview questions is not comprehensive; use it to design appropriate questions that relate to your position. Legal interview guidelines can be found in the "Hiring Tips & Guidelines” pamphlet or online.
VALUES DRIVEN SELECTION QUESTIONS
- What do you do on an ongoing basis to keep your professional skills up to date?
- Indicate some of the significant development efforts you have undergone in the last few years.
- What do you see as the key competencies needed in your current assignment and how have you gone about developing these?
Respect For Sacred Resources
- What type of budgetary responsibility do you carry in your current assignment? How well have you kept within that budget?
- Have you had significant experience with cost reduction efforts? Tell us about an experience.
- Can you share an experience of how you have maximized the benefit produced from limited resources you were given to work with?
- Tell us what you do to ensure that you meet the work commitments you make to others?
- Tell us about an experience where you had to confront someone or give candid feedback?
- How did you do it? What did you say?
- What are some of the things you are doing to ensure the effectiveness of the team you are leading?
- Have you been on a dysfunctional team? What did you do as a team member or team leader to address the problems?
- Tell us about a time where you disagreed with the objectives or direction of a team you were on. How did you handle this?
Exceeding Customer Expectations
- What types of efforts are you making to serve your customers and to exceed customer expectations?
- How are you gathering feedback from your customers and how do you use this feedback?
- Tell us about a time where you wowed a customer.
Respect For Others
- How do you currently encourage people on your team to express their ideas and opinions? Can you give an example?
- How do you handle disagreement? Give us an example.
- Tell us your experience in working with others of diverse background from yours. How you handle differences that come from different backgrounds?
- Tell us about an innovation that you've introduced in your work area.
- What have you done to introduce change or redefine the way work gets done in your area?
- What continuous improvement methodologies are you familiar with? Tell us about your experience.
- What kind of system or method are you currently using for reporting progress on your work?
- What kind of metrics or measure do you currently use to measure the work in your area?
- How do you follow through on projects that you delegate to others? Can you give an example?
GENERAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
- Give me an example of the type of work experience you have had on a day-to-day basis with the public.
- What has been your most rewarding experience dealing with the public/customers?
- What "new way of doing things" did you introduce in your last job in dealing with the public?
- What typical kinds of customer dissatisfaction were inherent in your last job? How did you deal with this?
- What types of things were you able to do to help in alleviating this customer dissatisfaction?
- Give me an example of a time when you were able to help an angry customer with a problem.
- How do you define great customer service?
- What would others say about how you handle customers? Would they want you to wait on them? Did anyone ever ask for you?
- What kind of recommendation would your previous supervisor give you regarding your customer relations skills?
- Do you like working with the general public? Would you prefer to work alone?
- Give me an example when you were praised for your people skills in a past job.
- You have an angry customer that comes up to you. His/her past dealing with the department has been negative. This time he/she is going to get it done right. He/she demands you put him/her on top priority basis. Your department is now running a major project for your supervisor and can't accommodate this customer. How would you handle the customer?
Able to Handle Pressure
- Describe a situation where you were under a great deal of pressure. How did you handle it?
- We have a real pressure-cooker position here. (Explain why) Have you had a position that relates to this situation? How did you handle the pressure?
- Constant pressure gets to all of us after a long period of time. Describe an incident where you did not handle pressure well.
- Did your position have cyclical periods when you were extremely busy and then dead periods? How long did they last? What was it like during both periods of time?
- What flusters you when a deadline is near?
- If I called your supervisor, what would he/she say about your ability to handle pressure? What would he/she say you needed to improve on?
Able to Supervise Employees
- How many people have you supervised at one time? How many were Part-time? Full-time? How long were you their supervisor?
- Did you have the sole responsibility of hiring/firing these people? Did your supervisor have any say in who was hired/fired?
- Give me an example of a time when you handled an employee grievance that resulted in better working relationships.
- Give me an example of a time when you handled a grievance that did not result in better working relationships. What would you have done differently?
- What have you done to motivate your employees? Were they motivated? Give me a time when they were or were not.
- What kind of management style do you take with your employees? How do you treat your employees? How do you resolve discipline problems?
- What would your employees say about you as a manager? Were you an example of what you expected from others?
- How did you elicit cooperation from your employees? Give me an example of a time when an employee would not do what was asked. How did you handle this?
- What is required of a good leader? Which of these skills are you better at? What skills would your supervisor say that you would need to improve upon to be a better leader/supervisor?
- Have you ever worked for a supervisor that demanded accuracy of you? What activities required accuracy?
- Suppose we called your supervisor and asked “Is (name) accurate in what he/she does?” What would your supervisor say?
- When it comes to accuracy, what do you need to improve on?
- Could you give me an example of the type of work you did on a day-to-day basis that required accuracy?
- Are you strongest in the areas of accuracy or speed? Why? Working on what?
- Did the pressure of your past job lend itself to a mistake environment?
- In some positions it is very easy to make errors. What do you do to control errors?
- When we call your supervisor, what will he/she tell us about your ability to be dependable?
- When the workday starts are you the first one there?
- How would you define a dependable employee? Are you known as a dependable individual? Why?
- Describe how you have organized yourself in your present job so that you could create a dependable atmosphere with your clients/customers.
- When we check for references what will your supervisor tell us about the number of days you were absent last year?
- During a typical month, how many days are you be late to work?
- Give me an example of the deadlines that needed to be met in your last job. How did you make sure things got done?
- Give me an example of a time when you thought you had "it all nailed down" but a detail you missed fell through the cracks. What happened?
- Give an example of the most detail-oriented positions you have had.
- Describe a situation where you had to multi task. How did you handle it?
- How do you keep track of duties that must get done concurrently?
Handle Complex Problems
- Give me an example of the last major project you worked on. What was your role? Did you work as a team? What were the issues involved?
- Do you have any statistical background, either in school or on the job?
- Could you describe a decision you recently made that was initially unpopular with your supervisors or staff? How did you handle it?
- Describe how you think through a difficult problem.
- Have you ever had to "sell" top management on a decision you made? Please describe the situation.
- Describe a project you recently worked on that got "bogged down" for some reason and what you did to put it back on line.
- What types of problems do you solve on a day-to-day basis?
- Did you make any changes in the firm you felt particularly proud of?
- Give me an example of a very complex problem or issue you have faced. How did you solve the problem?
- In the next 2 minutes, tell me about your professional experience/history.
- What kind of professional development and training would make you a more effective employee?
- What aspects of your previous position did you find professionally challenging?
- Why did you leave your last job?
- What particular skills or experiences make you the best match for this position?
- Did you get along well with the people on your last job? Explain.
- What types of people seem to "rub you in the wrong way?"
- Expand on those aspects of your schooling (or job) that you found to be most satisfying?
- What experience do you have with (equipment, procedures, tasks, etc.)?
- Why do you think this company should hire you?
- What do you expect from the company that hires you?
- In what ways could you contribute to this job?
- How long do you think it would take you before you could contribute to this job?
- What do you consider to be the ideal reporting relationship?
- How do you feel an employee should be approached regarding his/her job performance?
- Where does this position fall along your career path?
- Do you consider yourself a self-starter? Why?
- Do you feel the results of the Office Skills Test are representative of your skills?
- What kind of training, schooling, or experience do you have regarding office skills and abilities?
- How would you rate your Microsoft Word skills? Why did you rate yourself that way? How long have you used it on the job? Have you had formal training or did you learn on the job?
- Give me an example of the types of things you would use MS Word for. What functions are you familiar with and use daily? Which functions do you use occasionally?
- Are you as familiar with Quattro Pro/Excel as you are with WordPerfect/MS Word? Have you created spreadsheets and macros with Quattro Pro/Excel?
- Which of your former jobs required the use of your office skills to their optimum? Describe.
- Which firm utilized your telephone skills? What type of clientele did you work with?
- Which office do you feel exhibited the most professional atmosphere? Was the dress standards - written or unwritten? What do you feel creates a professional atmosphere? How did you contribute to the overall professionalism of the office?
- Which of your personality traits do you feel will be most effectively utilized in this position?
- How did you learn to put your job tasks in order? How do you plan and organize to save time?
- What kinds of things did you refer to your supervisor? What kinds of things did your supervisor refer to you?
- Depict a situation where you had to give repetitive information, or answer similar questions. How did you make the situation tolerable?
- Are there any skills or experiences etc. that we have not discussed that you feel would be relevant to this position?
- Tell me about your current/last job:
- To whom do you report?
- What aspects of your previous position did you find professionally challenging?
- What were your two most important achievements in your current job?
- How do you think your subordinates would describe you as a manager and supervisor?
- What attributes do you believe an effective manager should possess?
- What plans do you have for self-development in the next 12 months?
- What types of criticisms are leveled at you most often?
- Many of us improve our personal interaction with others as we mature. Looking back over the past two years, in what way have you improved?
- What steps do you generally follow in making a decision?
- Tell me what your supervisor would say about your secretarial skills and abilities. What particular things would he/she tell me are your strong points clerically? What would he/she tell me that you would need to improve upon?
Work with Little Supervision
- Give me an example of a time when you were able to complete a project without immediate supervision. Was this normal? Did your supervisor often give you tasks to do which did not require direct supervision?
- Give me an example of the kind of tasks or projects your supervisor would closely supervise.
- Did your job require direct supervision? Or were you able to complete most things on your own?
- What would your supervisor say about your abilities to complete tasks as assigned? What kind of a recommendation would this supervisor give me?
- Do you prefer working alone, or with others?
- In this regard, what job has given you the most job satisfaction in relationships with other employees? With customers? With your supervisor?
- Would you rather be closely supervised and given good direction, or work out the solutions for yourself?
This document is an application form which many departments from across campus request from students when they apply for their jobs. This application asks for a student's school schedule which helps a potential employer determine who could best fill their positions.Student Employment Application2.doc [MSWORD, 530 KB]
Hourly Wage Rate Schedule for Student Employees
- GRADE LEVEL 1
- Entry-level Positions: $7.25 to $7.70
- Experience or extensive training required: $7.75 to $9.50
- GRADE LEVEL 2
- Office/Clerical Work, Lead Positions, Technicians, Operators, Security, etc: $7.35 to $9.85
- Exceptionally skilled or experienced: $9.90 to $16.10
- GRADE LEVEL 3
- Computer programming, web development, training, technical experience: $8.45 to $12.95
- Certified or exceptionally skilled: $13.00 to $17.75
- GRADE LEVELS 4 & 5 (Specifically Academic-related Jobs)
- This category is provided for students employed to perform work requiring training or experience in a major field of study. It is understood that students will perform work requiring various levels of knowledge and skill, and therefore may be paid any rate from the minimum to the maximum allowed for their education level, based upon the actual work performed.
- Level 4
- Fresh/Soph: $7.25 to $10.95
- Junior: $7.50 to $12.10
- Senior $7.75 to $14.50
- Level 5
- 1st Year Graduate: $8.10 to $17.20
- 2nd Year Graduate with work experience: $8.70 to $18.10
- Master’s Degree or Doctoral Candidate with two years’ work experience: $9.95 to $18.40
Hourly pay differentials may be considered where the work shift is early morning or late night, or working conditions are extremely unpleasant. The recommended range is $ .50 to $1.00 per hour to be added to the student’s base pay. Example: a night shift differential for working 12 midnight to 4 a.m.
Posting Student Positions
It is recommended that departments post student jobs whenever possible for fairness and in order to get the best pool of qualified applicants.HourlyWageSchedule(2013).pdf [PDF, 127.1 KB]
- GRADE LEVEL 1
Job Codes July 08.xls [VND.MS-EXCEL, 32.5 KB]
Student Employment Job Codes, Titles, and Levels 5 600303 Accompanist 5 699470 Research Asst - Graduate 2 600404 Accounting Clerk 1 600432 File Clerk 2 699720 Resident Assistant 1 602471 Advertising Asst 2 600940 Floral Assistant 1 699010 Route Person 2 600301 Actor 1 699018 Food Service Worker 1 600930 Sales Clerk 2 602473 Advertising Consultant 1 699714 Gardeners Helper 2 600675 Seamstress 2 600503 Air Conditioning Asst 4 600352 Grader 2 600468 Secretary 1 600705 Animal Caretaker 4 699430 Graduate Assistant 2 600848 Security Officer 2 600313 Art Specialist 3 602596 Graphic Designer 1 699070 Service Station Asst 2 600208 Artist 1 600725 Grounds Worker 1 600472 Shipping Clerk 1 600860 Athletic Equipment Asst 2 699210 Heating Plant Student Asst 1 699080 Site Development Asst 1 600854 Attendant 1 600822 Host/Hostess 1 699090 Space Management Asst 2 699712 Auto Mechanic Assistant 2 600305 Illustrator 1 600745 Stagehand 1 600812 Bakery Worker 1 688131 Info Desk Assistant 1 699100 Stocker 1 699001 Band Specialist 2 699330 Instructional Design Asst 1 600480 Stockroom Clerk 1 600608 Bindery Assistant 2 699220 Instrument Shop Staff 2 600485 Stockroom Clerk II 2 600579 Book Repair Tech 4 600850 Intern 2 600403 Student Advisor 1 699002 Broadcast Services Tech 5 699440 Intern - Graduate 1 699011 Student Assistant 1 600814 Cafeteria Worker 4 600340 Interpreter 2 699013 Student Assistant II 2 699150 Camp Counselor 2 600866 Intramural Official 2 699140 Student Manager 2 600516 Carpenter 1 600434 Inventory Clerk 2 699280 Student Supervisor 1 699004 Carpet Helper 1 600856 Issue Room Attendant 4 600272 Teaching Assistant 1 600408 Cashier 4 600233 Lab Assistant 5 699480 Teaching Asst - Grad 1 688001 Catering Worker 5 699450 Lab Assistant - Graduate 2 600372 Technician 1 600412 Clerk 4 699452 Lab Supervisor 2 699012 Telefunder 2 600414 Clerk II 2 699230 Lab Technician 2 600484 Telephone Operator 2 600879 Clinician Aide 1 600704 Laborer 1 600490 Testing Assistant 3 699310 Computer Lab Asst 1 699060 Landscape Specialist 1 699180 Textbook Recorder 3 600318 Computer Programmer 1 600652 Laundry Worker 2 699014 Tour Guide 3 600369 Computer Technician 2 699240 Lead Student 1 699016 Track Meet Help 3 602554 Computing Specialist 2 600444 Library Clerk 2 699015 Traffic Officer 1 600817 Concession Helper 1 600445 Library Shelver 2 699290 Trainer 2 600819 Concessions Stadium 2 600869 Lifeguard 4 600378 Translator 1 699017 Conference Assistant 1 600446 Mail Sorter 2 600684 Truck Driver 1 600690 Copy Center Attendant 1 600574 Maintenance Worker 4 600274 Tutor 1 699710 Courier 1 699020 Media Operator 5 699490 Tutor - Graduate 1 699050 Cougareat Staff 3 699208 Media Production Special 1 699110 Upholstery Worker 1 699005 Creamery Worker 2 699008 Media Services Specialist 2 699112 Upholstery Worker II 1 600801 Custodial Worker 1 600872 Model 1 600893 Usher 2 688141 Customer Service Rep 1 600808 Moving Crew Worker 1 699120 Vehicle Rental Assistant 2 600488 Data Entry Specialist 8 600239 MTC Teacher 2 600379 Video Tech/Editor 1 600859 Delivery Driver 5 600302 Musician 1 600873 Visual Arts Assistant 2 600330 Designer 1 600413 Office Specialist I 1 600826 Waiter/Waitress 1 699006 Desk Attendant 2 600415 Office Specialist II 1 600750 Warehouse Worker 1 600834 Dishroom Worker 2 699750 On Call Worker 3 699300 Web Developer 2 600424 Dispatcher 1 600660 Painter Helper 2 600278 Writer 2 699190 Drafter 1 699026 Payroll Clerk 1 600685 Driver 2 600348 Photographer Numbers correspond to Grade Levels 1 600428 Editorial Assistant I 2 699355 Project Assistant Level Pay Scale 2 600430 Editorial Assistant II 3 699340 Public Relations Coordinator 2 600636 Electrician Helper 4 600351 Reader 1 $7.25 - $ 9.50 2 699350 Employment Services Rep 1 600452 Receiving Clerk 2 $7.35 - $16.10 2 699200 EMT 1 600456 Receptionist 3 $8.45 - $17.75 1 699007 Events Specialist 4 699700 Reference Assistant 4 $7.25 - $14.50 2 699107 Events Specialist II 4 600256 Research Assistant 5 $8.10 - $18.40