Teach for America Corps Member Interview Questions

Updated Jul 23, 2015
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Corps Member Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
Accepted Offer
Neutral Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Teach for America (Boston, MA) in October 2011.

Interview

-Initial application -- essay, background questions -Phone interview -- focus on achievement gap and if they think you'll stay in education for longer than the two years. More likely to choose people who are -Person interview -- one on one, group interview activity, sample teaching lesson. Prepare something you know well

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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    Rigorous. I skipped the phone interview. Teach For America wants to see that you've been a leader in your classroom. Teach For America also likes to see data and numbers to quantify the accomplishments that you've had in the leadership roles.

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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Eugene, OR
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Teach for America (Eugene, OR) in November 2012.

    Interview

    The interview process has several parts. The phone call is by far the easiest (this also indicates that you have made it through the initial online application), the sample teach was a foreign thing to me having no background in education, and the one on one interview the the recruiter was challenging but also my favorite portion. The sample teach may pose a problem for applicants who are unsure about planning a lesson, but I recommend contacting alumni and keeping your sample lesson objective as SIMPLE as possible. (e.g. I witnessed a wonderful sample lesson all about "What is a Noun?")

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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Very friendly and kind. There is an online application an then a phone interview and then a in person interview. You will have to do a sample lesson for 5 minutes, as well.

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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America (Raleigh, NC) in November 2013.

    Interview

    Long, but liberating process of hard work! Very interesting and fun! Complete application online, with personal intent, recommendations, and resume. Phone interview first, then presentation (teaching), then one-on-one interview! Excellent interviewing process but remember to recruit differently because many CM's do not make it their full two years.

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    • Asking your principal about a trip, without the funds, and without principal wanting to give his or her blessing. What would you do?   1 Answer
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Teach for America (Philadelphia, PA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Lengthy and detailed online application. ~Two hour online exercise. I was able to skip the phone interview step and moved directly to final interview. Final interview was exactly how they describe it on the website. Group interview, Teach a 5 minute lesson, Q & A session, group activity, then individual interviews. Advice: ask questions that make your fellow applicants look good during their lessons and they'll ask nice ones back. Come prepared with questions for the Q & A session, no one had questions in my group (10 of us) so I got to ask 2 questions that helped demonstrate my interest. Don't ask a question that's already addressed online somewhere or that is very specific (e.g., can I teach in NY if I pass my PA state exams?) For the individual interview, they really let you elaborate on your answers so don't be shy! They focused on my leadership activity that I had spent the most time on. They also asked a lot about my thesis. My interviewer and I clicked on a certain topic in education reform and went on that tangent for a while, if you're passionate about educational reform, let it show--because your interviewer probably is to!

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    • Why do you want to be a corps member? Talk about a time you had to work in a group for your *insert leadership activity*. Talk about a time you had difficulty working with another person.   Answer Question
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America (Denver, CO).

    Interview

    After submitting my application, I was asked several weeks later about attending an interview in person. The interview style was very unique - it was an all day process. There were 2 interviewers and a group of several of us. In the morning, we all gave 5 minute lessons we had previously prepared as well as a group problem solving activity and individual interviews in the afternoon. We all had to pick a time to sign up for, some people had to wait several hours between the group interview and their individual time. The one on one interview asked very standard questions, I was mostly asked to elaborate on responses to application questions and things on my resume.

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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Teach for America in March 2012.

    Interview

    Phone interview to briefly go over resume, then full day interview including a group role play of how would you work with other decision makers in a school, a prepared 5 minute lesson, then an individual session with one of the interviewers

    Interview Questions

    • How would you handle rejection of your proposal to improve student achievement?   Answer Question
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Teach for America (Atlanta, GA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    After completing an online application consisting of questions regarding background information and past experiences I was selected for a phone interview. I was able to choose a day and time online. I was contacted by a TFA representative who conducted the interview. It was very formal and structred. I was then contacted for an in person interview which consisted of a sample teaching lesson, group activity and one on one interview. Be prepared for your lesson and participate during the group activity. The in person interview was much like the phone interview asking most of the same standard questions. Be able to explain every detail of your resume. You never know what they may reference.

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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America (Dallas, TX) in March 2014.

    Interview

    Lengthy and intensive. The program is clearly looking for candidates that share their conviction for minimizing class differences in educational opportunity. All employees clearly share strong values and dedication to the program. Not just about how well you did in college but they are definitely looking for holistically motivated individuals... Final interview was not nearly as scary as I thought it would be and it was helpful to see what kind of work you would be doing!

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