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Updated Feb 16, 2015
Updated Feb 16, 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 in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    Completed an online application. Then got selected for a phone interview where I was asked basic questions regarding my answers on the online application. About a week after the phone interview, I was notified that I got a final in-person interview. My interview took place virtually. It was broken up into group activities, teaching simulation, and one-on-one interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average 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
  3.  

    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
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    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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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Teach for America in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    The final interview process was my first contact with a real person in TFA prior to talking to a recruiter. A large number of folks apply to the program so TFA tends to pass quite a few people on the the final interviews. Expect about 12-20 other candidates at your final interview.

    The process consisted of first a presentation where you teach a mock lesson, an evaluation in how you work in a group with other potential corps members, and finally a 1on1 interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing should be unexpected, you can find the questions they tend to ask prospective corps members online.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Teach for America in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    I submitted the online form requesting information and was immediately contacted by a university recruiter (the one responsible for my university). She was very nice and asked to set up an informal phone conversation, which ended up feeling like an interview, but when very well! She very SUPER friendly and easy to talk to (she was very young). She engaged me in issues concerning racial and educational inequality. I felt like I was talking to a close friend.

    After submitting the online application (didn't take too long, only 3-4 questions that require a couple short paragraphs - although I spent about a week on them), I was accelerated to the final round of interviews.

    This required that I submit teacher recs, complete an online activity, and prepare for the interview day, which included a 5 min sample teach, a short group activity, and a 30 minute interview.

    The sample teach went really well! I chose something simple (lines, segments, and rays). The group activity was a little weird because it felt weird working with others as the TFA person watched close by and took notes.

    I did not feel that the interview went well. The woman warned me that she would be typing during the interview, but it felt unsettling being unable to make eye contact during the 30 minutes.

    Interview Questions
    • To be honest, all of the questions felt unexpected. I was anticipating that they would ask questions concerning educational inequity in the US to gauge my passion, because an interview seems like the most appropriate way to do so. However, I was asked questions about my leadership on campus, classes, challenges I have faced, difficult people I have worked with.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    interviewed at Teach for America in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    I participated in the initial screening / application process. This included a detailed questionnaire and a series of short prompts, as well as a complete listing of my previous job/work experience. I completed an online test, which included scenarios. I then took part in a 30-minute phone interview. Shortly after the interview, I was informed by email that I had not advanced to the next round of the process.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions regarding the scenarios were somewhat difficult.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Applying for TFA Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Gives 2 interviews - one over phone and one in person. I have heard they are very different in content. I was surprised they asked a lot of questions about my personal resume. It was a bit awkward with pauses because my interviewer was writing a lot of my information down while talking to me. Otherwise, a typical job interview. Be honest and do your best.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Began with an online interview, and was then invited to a phone interview. The recruiting manager of my area was very involved with my whole application, and we had a phone meeting as well as an online group meeting for the people who had been invited for phone interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • I would say about 80% of the interview questions were about one activity that I had listed on my resume (i.e., Tell me about a time that you faced adversity.. in the context of ___.)   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    You apply online then you may be selected to a phone interview. Then you may be selected to the inperson group interview. I didnt get past the phone interview, though I hit t off with my interviewer. It's understandable--I know the interviewers don't have power over who can move on or not just because you had a great conversation. It was a behavioral interview, so be prepared for that. They really look for leaders and people who overcome hard situations who are good problem solvers and multitaskers.

    Interview Questions
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