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Updated Nov 21, 2014
Updated Nov 21, 2014
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    Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South Elgin, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South Elgin, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Sylvan Learning Centers.

    Interview Details

    I only had one interview with the Director at the time. I filled out an online application and then was called in to be interviewed. The interview lasted about 30 minutes. The director explained the tutoring and instructional hour, motivation program, and gave me a tour of the center as well. After that, I received a call and job offer within a week's time.

    Interview Questions
    • There weren't many difficult questions. Most were typical questions that would be asked during a teaching interview. For example, what are your strengths and weaknesses? what are the qualities of a good teacher? tell me about yourself. what would you do to encourage a student who seems to be frustrated with the work? how would you motivate the unmotivated student? What type of programs would you be comfortable teaching?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was little to no negotiation. There was a standard hourly rate that teachers were given, and training was a lower rate than tutoring.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in White Plains, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in White Plains, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Sylvan Learning Centers in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    I called my local center and they gave me an e-mail address to send in my resume. It helped greatly to mention my friend who had worked there previously. I was e-mailed a request to come in for n interview within 2 days.

    It was a very laidback and friendly interview overall. There were two people interviewing me at once, the head of the center and the director of education. I was asked to provide more information about my prior tutoring and teaching experience, preferred age groups, preferred subjects and availability.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation on a starting salary of 20/hr. I scheduled to come in for observation the following week.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    After-School Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Sylvan Learning Centers in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    A friend who used to work as a Tutor for Sylvan referred me. I emailed my resume to the specified contact & received a call within 30 minutes to set up an interview for the following day. I filled out a Sylvan application in the lobby, & then met with the interviewer who was pleasant. After 20 minutes, she offered me the position. I later realized that the interview (which was composed of many questions I had read about on Glassdoor) was primarily designed to eliminate obvious misfits. I also learned that the interviewer had spoken with my referring friend earlier that day.

    Interview Questions
    • All of the questions were reasonable & to be expected: What is your tutoring experience? What age range have you worked with? How would you handle a disruptive child? Why do you like working with children? What qualities are most important for a teacher?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    My referring friend said the position was offering $20/hr. That's the salary I said I was expecting, & the salary that was offered.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    FT Math Tutor for Middle School Children In Public Schools Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Sylvan Learning Centers in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online, and was contacted about a week later. When I arrived for the interview, I was asked to take a short test for whatever subject I was wishing to tutor. I then went in for the interview. I was asked mostly questions like "what do you like most about teaching?" "What do you like least about teaching?" "If a child is being disruptive, what would you do?" "Why do you want to work with at-risk children?" I was told interviews would continue through the rest of next week. I was asked if I would be willing to be a substitute teacher, if they could not offer me a FT position.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Sylvan Learning Centers in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    It is pretty simple. You apply online and they email you a few days later. They set up an appointment for you. This is a group interview (4 people) so everyone in the group take turns answering questions. The interviewer will ask around 6-7 questions about teaching methods and handling behavioral problems.

    Interview Questions
    • Mostly questions about dealing with behavioral problems. They give you a scenario and then you come up with a solution to handle it.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cypress, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cypress, TX
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Sylvan Learning Centers in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    Routine questions, very structured. Open and honest.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a situation in your previous teaching experience during which you had to change or adapt the curriculum for a particular student or group.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Low pay, and they required for me to have a teacher certification

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Peabody, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Peabody, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Sylvan Learning Centers in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    One interview. Applied for a position as a teaching assistance, but was overqualified. I barely remember the questions they asked. Basically, as long as I knew the subjects they were willing to hire me. I had minimal experience as a teacher but they offered me a job right away.

    Interview Questions
    • Can't even remember. It was a while ago and none of them seemed like important questions. Easiest interview of my life.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
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    Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Groton, CT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Groton, CT
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Sylvan Learning Centers in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Interview consisted of a few questions over the phone about my experience and whether I could handle multi-tasking, then an introduction to the center and questions about whether I could handle the director who the interviewer told me might need reminders to treat me like I was human. I then took a paper and pencil version of the state reading test, state 8th grade math test, and the state writing exam. It was time consuming, but understandable.

    Interview Questions
    • Can you teach 3 students in the same session?   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    lack of flexibility at the center, rude center director, rude head of education, low wages, poor teaching practices (mostly worksheets, expected to grade and teach at same time)

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Tutor Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Sylvan Learning Centers in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    Had a phone interview and then a group interview with 8 people. The interview went by pretty easily and it only took about forty-five minutes. The people working at the office seemed to be overworked and on edge. They were nice to me, but they seemed as though they were worked pretty hard. The dress code is business casual for sure.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Math Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Grand Rapids, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Grand Rapids, MI
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Sylvan Learning Centers in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    I emailed my resume in after calling to get the hiring managers email. I got a call about 2 weeks later that turned into an informal phone interview and then was asked to come in for a 1:1 interview. Interview was fairly informal, asked some behavioral and competency questions. Then she gave me the payscale I would start at, offered me a job, and had me shadow another teacher for an hour.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I was not able to negotiate. They gave a set pay scale and since it was a temporary job I accepted.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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