Teach for America Interview Questions

Updated Jun 5, 2015
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    3 Phase Application Process 1. An online application- a few short answers and a couple of essays 2. Phone interview- about a 30 minute skype interview (basic questions on your interest in joining the Corps) 3. In person interview- 5-minute lesson plan, followed by group work and concluding in an interview

    Interview Questions

    • What was the hardest class you took during your undergrad years?   Answer Question
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    Recruitment Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America (Saint Louis, MO) in March 2015.

    Interview

    There was an in-depth application that took a few hours to complete, followed by a phone interview, followed by an in-person interview in a central location with all other candidates who made it to that stage. I was there from 7:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and all transportation and lodging was provided by Teach For America. From the point the application was due to the notification about the job offer, the process was 4 months long. Between the application and the phone interview, there was an online activity that had to be completed. The phone interview was a fairly standard 30-minute interview. After the phone interview, you get invited to the in-person interview day. The interview day consisted of 3 separate interviews for me personally; however, I met people who had 2 and people who had 5. There was a lot of down time in between each interview, and there was a lunch panel to answer questions at the location. The interviews consisted of role plays and hypotheticals, there was a prioritizing activity and then your standard interview questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Lots of role plays and hypotheticals. Do your research about the benefits of being a corps member for Teach For America are for different people (i.e., a person interested in engineering vs. a person interested in political science).   Answer Question
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America (Seattle, WA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    It was a three-step process. First there was the initial orientation interview, which included mostly behavioral-based questioning and questioning that helped to identify political stances. The 2nd phone interview was a bit more complex and scenario-based. The final interview was a group format. There were reality-based questions that required working as a team, along with a required five-minute presentation.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you describe your best relationship you had with a former educator   1 Answer
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    The first part of the interview was an application with essay questions online. Next was a phone interview with a recruiter. Then, there was an online activity that took almost 2 hours to complete. After this was the in-person final interview. You were expected to have a 5 minute sample lesson. Following that, you work in a group to figure out a problem. Finally, you meet one on one with the recruiter. I felt very relaxed for the final interview, but think I should have acted more serious since I did not receive an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • What experience do you have working with low-income communities?   Answer Question
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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Video (Brazil)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Teach for America (Video (Brazil)) in March 2015.

    Interview

    The interview was Thorough and personal. The interviewers were very nice and understanding. The video interview in place of an in person interview was tough and made the group activities awkward. I recommend avoiding a final virtual interview. Weather conditions forced me to participate in the virtual interview and it threw me off. I was trying to figure out the technology half of the time.

    Interview Questions

    • Is there anything that would keep you from fulfilling your two year commitment?   Answer Question
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Middletown, CT
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Teach for America (Middletown, CT) in March 2011.

    Interview

    You submit an application and if they like yours enough they schedule a phone interview. Once you do a phone interview they decide whether they want to invite you for the in-person interview. At the in-person interview day you present a short lesson plan to a class of other applicants and two interviewers, then do an individual interview with one of the interviewers.

    Interview Questions

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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    I love what the organization stands for, but I was very unimpressed with the interview process. I made it to the phone interview, and had prepared to answer questions about the achievement gap and the public education system. I was asked some questions about homework assignments and my class attendance.

    Interview Questions

    • What was the hardest class you took during your undergrad?   Answer Question
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Teach for America in March 2014.

    Interview

    It involved an online application, phone interview, online assessment, and all-day interview where you presented a mini-lesson and had a one-on-one interview. You are asked to describe yourself, how you would approach various scenarios, why you are interested in the organization.

    Interview Questions

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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    It was weird, not conversation-like at all. The phone interview was fine and more conversational than the final interview. That portion re-asked phone interview questions (if they weren't satisfied with them?) but you just felt like you were repeating yourself. It was very forced. The teaching part was a breeze, the interview part was weird.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time you've had a disagreement with a coworker and how did you handle it?   1 Answer
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Teach for America in February 2015.

    Interview

    Interview process was straight forward. Filled out an online application and wrote a few essays. I was contacted for a first phone interview with a former corps member. The former corps member was very pleasant and easy to talk to, the entire conversation lasted about 50 minutes. The application process was all very easy and you could see your interview status online.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me a time you faced adversity. Tell me about your organization skills   Answer Question
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