Teach for America

  www.teachforamerica.org
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

Teach for America Corps Member Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 18, 2014
All Interviews Received Offers

Getting an Interview  

50%
44%
4%

Interview Experience  

87%
10%
1%

Interview Difficulty  

Average Difficulty
73 candidate interviews Back to all interview questions
Relevance Date Difficulty
in

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Corps Member Interview

Corps Member
Claremont, CA

I applied through other source and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Teach for America in February 2013.

Interview Details – TFA is very transparent. Prior to my phone and in-person interview, I studied their website and mission diligently (TFA recommends doing this.) I also went online and looked for suggestions as to how best to prepare for the phone and in-person interview. I would highly recommend preparing several (maybe 3 to 4) vignettes that highlight your leadership abilities. It may even be good to detail a time when you struggled or even failed to accomplish a goal. However, if you choose to include a vignette of this type, be sure to make clear the lessons/principles you took away from that experience and how it may have helped you to approach similar situations.

Interview Question – TFA is pretty transparent about their interview process. Though, little information is given regarding the actual questions they might ask, they do provide several suggestions in follow-up e-mails about how to tackle and prepare for the interview.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – At first I was placed in a region far from home, but I was able to get a regional transfer. Keep in mind, that my situation is not typical. TFA states that their offers are usually final. The placement team works to place you in one of your preferred regions, but they necessarily have to do so within the contexts of regional/employer needs i.e. if you lack significant coursework in the science or math, it will be difficult for them to place you in the Bay Area , as this region is in need of teachers competent in that subject.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Corps Member Interview

Corps Member

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Teach for America.

Interview Details – The interviews are wonderful experience to see what the Teach For America culture is like. It is an intense process, much like the job will be if you are chosen. The phone interviews can seem a bit awkward, but that only makes the unperson interview seem much more natural. Preparing a mock lesson can seem intimidating at first, but the key is confidence and interaction.

Interview Question – During the phone interview I was asked what the most difficult class I've taken in college was and how I handled it.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – You do not get to negotiate with TFA


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Corps Member Interview

Corps Member
Rochester, NY

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Teach for America in December 2010.

Interview Details – There was an online application followed by a phone interview. Some candidates skip the phone interview and go straight to the final interview. The final interview consisted of a presentation, "sample lesson", group activity and one on one interview.

Interview Question – Why Teach For America?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Corps Member Interview

Corps Member

Interviewed at Teach for America

Interview Details – online application, final interview

Interview Question – What are you greatest strengths?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Corps Member Interview

Corps Member
Berkeley, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Teach for America.

Interview Details – phone interview, an online test, and an in-person interview

Interview Question – Tell me what a typical Wednesday would look like   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Corps Member Interview

Corps Member

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Teach for America.

Interview Details – Very structured interview process. Expectations for interviewees are clearly defined and interview sticks to those expectations. Each stage gets increasingly more involved and difficult. First round is focused on leadership positions, second round (phone) is mostly a behavioral interview, and the third round really assesses your desire to be in the classroom.

Interview Question – What would lead you to quit TFA?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Corps Member Interview

Corps Member

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Teach for America in November 2012.

Interview Details – Online Application (see website for details). Then, you have to wait a long time. Then, a possible phone interview. Phone interview focused on areas of impact or leadership experience. Then, all day group interview followed by an individual interview. Had to do a mock lesson, group project, and discussions. Then, wait more to hear back. Overall, took 2 months.

Interview Question – Proving your track record of success quantitatively.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. Salary and benefits are provided by schools district.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Corps Member Interview

Corps Member

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Teach for America.

Interview Details – The interview process is long with a lot of repeated questions. Enthusiasm is everything! They're not expecting you to be an amazing teacher. But they do want people who are passionate and have strong leadership skills. As a teacher, your job is to give multiple presentations a day so part of the interview was a mock lesson. Don't worry about doing something too simple or too complicated. Just make sure you are prepared and give a strong presentation.

Interview Questions


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Corps Member Interview

Corps Member

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Teach for America.

Interview Details – Step 1: Application

Step 2: Phone Interview (it is possible to skip straight to step 3)

Step 3: Final Interview
LESSON: During the final interview you will be asked to teach a sample lesson to fellow applicants and Teach for America Staff evaluators. Lesson will be 5 minutes and cover any topic you desire. It is really to show your ability to speak publicly and develop at thoughtfully planned idea.
INTERVIEW: In a one-on-one interview, you will also be asked how you might respond to a given situation in a school setting other and other questions about how your past experiences make you a good candidate for TFA.

Interview Question – Most questions were pretty straight forward, but my situational question was asking about how I might respond when students have a desire to start an initiative in the school and want me to approach administration.   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Corps Member Interview

Corps Member

I applied online and interviewed at Teach for America.

Interview Details – I went through the phone interview and was able to complete a virtual final (due to being out of the country). My virtual interview was group interview as well. Each of the participants did a mock lesson and we had to work together to respond to a scenario. It was a test to see our problem solving abilities as well as our ability to work collaboratively. After that, we had seperate interviews with traditional questions.

Interview Question – My interviewer presented me with a scenario in which she was my principal and I wanted to propose a new program after she had already sd that no new programs cld be implemented in the remainder of the year. She gave me a few minutes to gather my thoughts, then I had to plead my case.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No Negotiation, but I would encourage everyone who applies to teach for america to be sure they are interested in teaching.

See What Teach for America Employees Are Saying

Teacher

 Former Teacher in Charlotte, NC

Pros: “As a corp member it was a good learning experience, but everything depends upon where you're placed. I grew as a person, but it was by far the hardest thing I've ever done.” Full Review

Worked for Teach for America? Contribute to the Community!

The difficulty rating is the average interview difficulty rating across all interview candidates.

The interview experience is the percentage of all interview candidates that said their interview experience was positive, neutral, or negative.

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.