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I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Teach for America in January 2012.

Interview Details – I was recruited in the fall at my place of employment and submitted an application. I was invited directly to the in-person interview so I skipped the phone interview myself, but several friends had it; from their telling, the phone interview was very uncomfortable, involved little to no actual discussion or back-and-forth, and was conducted by people clearly volunteering their (very limited) time who were eager to wrap up.

The in-person interview was fine. My group of fellow candidates was very friendly, everyone engaged respectfully in the discussion about the articles, and we presented our lessons. Most people ran over time but I'm not sure that mattered much at all; honestly, I think having a scaffolded and differentiated handout to distribute for your lesson is more important than ending in under five minutes - they really want to see that you understand how you'll need to break down information for students of different learning levels. Then came the 1:1 interview which was fine, the questions were average and anticipated. My interviewer was very nice but wrote down pretty much everything I said, so there was little discussion and it was more like a monologue than an interview. I had to really press my former teaching experience because they never asked about it directly. If you have former professional experience you want to make sure they hear, my advice is to shape every answer around it and use the opportunity to drop it into conversation.

NEGOTIATION: I received an offer for a region I was not interested in and subsequently negotiated a placement offer in my top region.

Interview Questions

  • How do you stay organized?   View Answer
  • Describe two times you've faced a challenge and how you handled it.   View Answer
  • If you were accepted into the Corps, would anything cause you to consider quitting?   View Answer
  • Have you ever missed a deadline at school or at work?   View Answer

Reason for Declining – This organization is suffering from poor logistical planning and too high an emphasis on the privatization of education; I didn't want to put up with the former or contribute to the latter.

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I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Teach for America in November 2009.

Interview Details – Skipped the telephone interview because of strength of application and background in education.
The interview day lasted for about 4 hours and consisted of a panel of 12 applicants with two interviewers. Applicants had 5 minutes to teach a lesson, then we had to read an article and discuss/debate it with a smaller group. It was pretty competitive, as everyone was jockeying to get their word in. Then we had to analyze. some statistics and data and answer some questions about the data. There was a one-on-one interview too.

Interview Question – What expectations will you have for your parents and students?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Since this is a teaching job, it is not open for negotiation. In fact, you need to be open-minded about where you will be placed and what subject matter you will teach. You can state your preferences, but ultimately, you are placed where there is a need.

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