Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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Helpful (3)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Teach for America (Washington, DC) in April 2015.
online application, phone interview, final interview. I skipped the phone interview and was directed straight to the final interview so I can't comment on the phone interview. The final interview consisted of a 5 minute lesson plan, a group activity and a personal interview. for the five minute lesson plan, I recommend doing something with visual aids and something creative. The lower grade levels I think are easier for this. Definitely video tape yourself practicing the lesson with all of your aids and practice on your friends. Listen to their feedback and improve your lesson. For the group activity, you will have a scenario and you will have to resolve an issue. try to stick out. I immediately took on the role of scribe and directed our discussion. I said, ok does anyone have a preference about taking notes and when everyone said they had bad writing, I said I was happy to. Then I asked who would like to speak first, and when I ended up giving my opinion last, I made sure to include new information. I also validated other people's opinions, both similar and dissimilar from my own. It seems important to convey that you are open to construct criticism and other world views. The personal interview--I didn't think mine went too well to be completely honest. I felt that I was rambling, but I hope it came off as impassioned. Really, I think they just want to know of your leadership qualities and the challenges you have overcome.
- What are your methods of organization? 1 Answer
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Teach for America (Washington, DC) in April 2015.
Online application. Notification of either going on to final interview or a phone interview (I skipped the phone interview.) Then online activity (about biases and how you would handle certain situations.) Following the online activity, there is a full-day in-person interview with a sample teaching lesson, group activity, and individual interview.
- What was the biggest challenge you have overcome and how can you bring that experience to improve yourself in the future? Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university – interviewed at Teach for America.
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.
- When is a time you disagreed with a coworker and how did you deal with the situation? Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online – interviewed at Teach for America (Virginia Beach, VA) in March 2015.
This was my phone interview... I applied to the Mar 6, 15 deadline. Was called by a wonderful alumni, the interview is mostly behavioral based. She explained a little about the mission and talked about who they are seeking. She was a 2013 alumni member. She was very patient and you could hear a lot of papers shuffling in the background. Wonderful interview, very professional.
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY) in March 2015.
The interview was initially a group interview where you first concur a strict five minute lesson plan. Then you are presented with a scenario and have to work together as a group to come to a solution. Then you have your private 30 minute interview where you're asked questions that further clarify the information you gave on the application.
- Do you have any leadership skills? 1 Answer
- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Teach for America in March 2015.
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.
- Name a position of leadership that has been particularly important to you... Answer Question
- No OfferDifficult Interview
I applied online – interviewed at Teach for America.
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.
- What would you do if a students in being unresponsive? Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Teach for America.
TFA follows the schedule they provided. It takes about two months to complete the entire process depending on when you apply. I had a phone interview that went very well. They asked questions related to unrelated previous experience. I felt weird about it but talked about it with confidence. It took about 30 min. The final interview was not as hard as I had anticipated. I went in prepared and rocked it.
- What was the biggest challenge you have faced? Answer Question
- Accepted Offer
I applied online. The process took 8 weeks – interviewed at Teach for America.
Online Application, Phone Interview, Final Interview
- Have you ever missed a deadline? Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Teach for America (Cincinnati, OH) in October 2013.
Online application, phone interview, though I did not participate in this and went straight to the final interview. The final interview takes a lot of preparation. Be sure to review the applicant center, tips for your five minute lesson plan, and all other materials. Also make sure that in your five minute lesson presentation, you stick to the time limit and accomplish both teaching the objective and TESTING the objective with some sort of check for overall comprehension. Also there is an online test prior to the final interview. I am still awaiting the decision.
- Most difficult challenge Answer Question
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