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Updated Aug 20, 2014
Updated Aug 20, 2014
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    SAT Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Kaplan Test Prep in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    All paperwork and interviews will be done online. The whole process took me about a month before I started training.

    Initially, you will be required to submit a recorded video "audition" via Kaplan's hiring website. Next there will be a "technical interview," where you will be given a few prompts to choose from, and you will present one of them to a staff member via Skype. After presenting, the staff member will give you feedback, and you will be expected to try again, this time using their suggestions.

    Next you will have an official interview, also via Skype, as most employees work remotely (i.e. not in NYC). This is a more traditional interview, asking more personal questions and details about your background. Only after that can you expect to receive an offer letter.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult question that I had to answer was simply why I was qualified to teach the SAT/ACT even though I'd never taught before.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    SAT Teacher/Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Providence, RI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Providence, RI
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Kaplan Test Prep in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I followed a link from linked in to the job application site, where I uploaded my resume and cover letter. The same day I received an email from an HR person requesting confirmation of my test scores. My math score was a little too low, so she invited me to take the "Turbo Test," Kaplan's online version of the SAT. Math scores were still low, but the HR person said Kaplan was still interested in bringing me on board just to tutor English. She sent me a separate email inviting me to record an audition I had five days to prepare and upload a 4-minute presentation of me delivering the solution to a simulated SAT question. I passed that wicket and a day later received requests for a background check, another online application with references, as well as directions on how to schedule a technical interview. I did the technical interview a few days later -- I talked with another Kaplan instructor through an Adobe chatroom, who asked me to present two SAT problems (I knew the problems ahead of time), as well as some typical personal interview questions ("Tell me about a time you had to ask for help," or "What is the last book you read?"). I felt pretty confident at the end of the interview, but I was not offered a position.

    Interview Questions
    • Be prepared to evaluate yourself after presenting each problem -- what did you do well, and what would you change? Also prepare yourself to teach to the most basic level possible . . . be able to explain where a formula comes from, for example.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    SAT Teacher/Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sacramento, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sacramento, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Kaplan Test Prep in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    After submitting an application, I was emailed the next day by a talent recruiter. I then submitted an audition video. A few days after, I was told to schedule an interview with the manager. There was a wait of 2 weeks because she was on vacation. The interview was fine and the questions were fairly standard. I then had to prepare for another audition except this time, the audition was live via video feed. Other questions followed the audition. I submitted to a background screen and my references told me they were asked to fill out a form. I was informed the next morning after my references returned their forms.

    Interview Questions
    • Not many difficult questions. They do ask "hypothetical situation" questions such as how you would interact with a disinterested student or what would you do if the classroom is locked.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Test Prep Teacher (G-MAT/GRE/SAT/ACT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Kaplan Test Prep.

    Interview Details

    First, you have to record an audition, which makes sense since you have to prove that you can teach. After that you're notified for an interview, which was done on Skype. The questions were pretty basic, like what are you passionate about and what makes you qualified to be a great teacher. That only last about 25 minutes. There were a lot of questions about availability and comfort level with class size and travel to teaching locations. Then, a third online interview called a "technical evaluation." This was still online, for a teaching position in a classroom of live students. But was assigned four questions. Didn't end up having to do them all and a lot of questions that amounted to how much would you really care about the job and how committed are you?

    Interview Questions
    • If you had a student who was really struggling with the material and was ready to give up on the class, how would you respond to that student?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Worried about having to follow a certain curriculum and didn't know if there would be freedom to do what you know is best with the class.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Test Prep Teacher (G-MAT/GRE/SAT/ACT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boulder, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boulder, CO
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Kaplan Test Prep.

    Interview Details

    There were some emails leading to a videoconferencing screening, with 5-6 of us... where we taught something for 2 minutes.

    Interview Questions
    • It's been a while since this happened, so I don't actually remember. The topics for us to teach were shared in advance though, so they would not be ground-breaking.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    ACT/SAT Teacher and Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Kaplan Test Prep in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Pretty rigorous. Though it all happens online, expect to have to prove that you can teach these tests. You'll be tested, you'll present a live/online teaching presentation, too. You have to make it through that. And, once you pass the interview, you'll have to make it through weeks of online training, too. If you don't, you won't get a position.

    Interview Questions
    • The live/online teaching presentation was tough for an inexperienced teacher. You'll get a subject to present and you'll be judged on how well you do it.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    This isn't a negotiation. It's a flat hourly rate for beginners.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    SAT Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vienna, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vienna, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Kaplan Test Prep in September 2009.

    Interview Details

    Fill out application and give a 5 minute presentation on how to do something (non-academic)

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    no negotation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Test Prep Teacher (G-MAT/GRE/SAT/ACT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New Brunswick, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New Brunswick, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Kaplan Test Prep in March 2009.

    Interview Details

    Fairly straight forward process for the initial resume submission and interview. I submitted my resume online and got a call for an in-person interview. The difficult part of the "interview" came afterwards when candidates were placed in an intense 5 session (I think) teacher training course when we're taught how to teach Kaplan's method the Kaplan way. It was a good training course, but a few people in my group did not make it to the final round. Out of 5 people in my group, only 2 survived to get an actual offer at the end of the course.

    Interview Questions
    • At the end of each "training session," was asked by the trainer how I felt I did in that session and what I felt I could improve on, what my overall weaknesses were.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. Standard hourly rate for new teachers.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    SAT Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Round 1: Interviews are conducted online, through webchat with multiple other interviewees. You are given a choice of five questions to teach a few days before the meeting. You have a time limit of five minutes to teach the question -- it is important to remember this time limit!

    Round 2: One-on-one interview with a hiring manager. Standard interview questions.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
  11.  

    SAT Teacher/Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at Kaplan Test Prep in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Follow up so they don't forget about you! The stuff others have posted is right. Also you will only have to retest if your scores are expired (past 5 years). They send you a pdf; you must get a 96% on verbal or math depending on what yo want to tutor.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to teach for Kaplan? Why do you think you're qualified?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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