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Teacher/Corps Member Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at Teach for America.
Interview Details – 1) There's an application process in which you have to fill out a lot of information about you first, and also includes a letter of intent and a resume that you have to fill and upload.
2) Then there's the phone interview. Which does ask you some personal questions about your interests and know more about you as a person. There's also an online activity to assess your "sound judgment" and "analytical skills".
3) Then there's the full day interview. It's not necessarily a full-day, but there's only about two interviewers on the site. You teach a lesson plan in the morning, followed by a personal interview in the afternoon. If you happen to get the last time slot from 4:20-ish to 5:00, then you pretty much stay the full day there.
Interview Question – At some point during the personal interview, they will ask about your responses from the online activity. Access to the activity was limited, so better be prepared to remember/take note of your responses!! Answer Question
Teacher/Corps Member Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
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.
- 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.
Corps Member/Teacher Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Teach for America in September 2009.
Interview Details – I began filling out the online application, but had to save my work until the following day. Before I could sign back in to the TFA applicant center, I had already been contacted via email by someone who wanted to schedule a phone interview between me and someone else. I replied and chose a date/time for a 30-minute interview with a field recruitment specialist. At the end of the phone interview, the interviewer informed me that she would be my recruitment mentor whom I could contact with any questions during the application process. I have received correspondence from her on three different occasions.
I completed my application, bypassed the phone interview (I think this is because I had already done a phone interview with the regional recruiter), and have scheduled for a day-long interview next week.
Teacher, Corps Member Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
The process took 3 months - interviewed at Teach for America in November 2010.
Interview Details – The interview process is long. I went straight to the in-person interview- I never had the phone interview so I cannot comment on that.
Teacher- Corps Member Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
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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