Teach for America Interview Questions

Updated Mar 26, 2015
Updated Mar 26, 2015
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    Application with a few short response prompts, phone interview, online activity, then final day with 5 min. mock lesson, group discussion/project, and 1 on 1 interview. Entire process took about 3 months from initial application to final notification. Phone interview went well and was relatively relaxed, but 1 on 1 in person interview was a lot more challenging and intimidating. They repeated a few of the same questions from the phone interview, which got a little confusing because it wasn't clear if they wanted the same answer again or something different. Overall still a nice experience, and I'm glad to have gotten the opportunity.

    Interview Questions
    • Talk about a time when you failed at something and how you responded to that.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Teach for America Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    I first met with a campus representative at my university and then was invited to a phone interview. The interviewer focused on my experiences with education and mentoring, asking how that has prepared me to teach a classroom. She asked many typical questions about overcoming challenges and how you work as a team. Then there is also an in-person interview, but I didn't make it that far in the process.

    Interview Questions
    • When is a time you disagreed with a coworker and how did you deal with the situation?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America in March 2015.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was a long one. Almost two months long. They have you submit about four essays in the initial application. If you pass that you'll make it on to the phone interview. If you make it pass the phone interview you'll make it on to the last in-person interview/sample lesson plan. They claim they want diversity but their organization make-up proves otherwise.

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    • Take us through a difficult experience in the workplace and how you handled it.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Teach for America in March 2015.

    Interview Details

    The process starts with a recruiter contacting you to help you keep the time line of the application. The application takes approximately 2 hours of duplicated information. Throughout the process they explain that they are looking for corps members that "look like" their students. They explain that they are referring to minorities.
    The next step is the phone interview. They explain again that they are looking for corps members that "look like" their students, but it is not a requirement. You then find out about 2 weeks later of you are invited to the in person final interview. During introductions the speakers ate minorities and again explain that they are looking for corps members that "look like" their students, but they look at other skills as well.
    On this interview you will do a 5 minute lesson plan- keep it simple and engage others.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Teach for America Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Teach for America in March 2015.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and received a notification that I had been offered a phone interview. I schedule the interview and a few days later I received a call from a rep and they interviewed/interrogated me about education, previous work, leadership, etc.

    Interview Questions
    • Name a position of leadership that has been particularly important to you...   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America in March 2015.

    Interview Details

    Very long process: applied in December, decision not available till March. Three rounds of interview: Phone interview, online interview/quiz, final interview at a local university. Final interview was very straightforward. TFA does good job at laying out the expectations of the final interview. Final interview requires a 5-minute lesson plan where you can teach whatever you want. be creative and engaging. Don't just sit there and speak.

    Interview Questions
    • Why TFA? Why not another teaching organization like Fellows?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    First, I applied online. Then waited for the decision. Afterwards, I had my final interview. I was abroad at the time, so I had to do a virtual interview. The entire interview process was pretty lengthy.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Teaching Position Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    Interview process takes about a month. There are many components: application, phone interview, 2 recommendations, test, and a whole day interview. The day interview consisted of four parts. Each candidate prepares a teaching sample. Then, here is a group activity followed by questions. In the afternoon, each candidate has a personal interview.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do if a students in being unresponsive?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was long and way too serious. There are like 5 steps before you even get accepted. Then from there you have to accept before you get a placement. I made it to the phone interview process but did not make it past that. I thought I had a good phone interview, but something that happens. I think they do look for people who have quite a bit of experience with children. Also if you do get past the phone interview and in person interview and get an offer, you could get an offer anywhere and for any grade. It felt like you were gambling.

    Interview Questions
    • When did you disagree with a policy your manager has in place and what did you do about it?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    sample teach, group interview, solo interview. The interview took about 3 hours with two interviewers, and about 12 other applicants. The environment was very casual, and applicants had to both act as teachers for their lessons and students for the other lessons. About half the applicants were from my university, and the other half were adults from the area.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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