Teach for America Interview Questions

Updated Jul 23, 2015
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    Recruitment Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Teach for America in May 2013.

    Interview

    There were a few different interviews as well as an activity I had to fill out complete regarding the work. Interviews consisted of a range of questions to help them better understand me as a person. The interviewers were very friendly and open. The interview was conducted via phone and computer. Overall it was a very pleasant experience.

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    • Why do you think diversity is important to our mission?   Answer Question
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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    Extremely selective. Do not focus on teaching experiences as much as your organizational and leadership skills. During the final interview make sure you plan out all the details of your lesson. Know how much time is required for each part of your lesson including set up. They will cut you off.

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    • Have you ever missed a deadline. If so, why.   1 Answer
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Teach for America (Boston, MA) in October 2011.

    Interview

    -Initial application -- essay, background questions -Phone interview -- focus on achievement gap and if they think you'll stay in education for longer than the two years. More likely to choose people who are -Person interview -- one on one, group interview activity, sample teaching lesson. Prepare something you know well

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    Development Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Teach for America in July 2012.

    Interview

    Phone call interview with HR and then direct phone interviews with manager and Executive Director. There was also a skills based activity related to development work (e.g. writing activity and research activity). Went all very smoothly and process took about 1 month. Understanding core values was very important as well as commitment to serving/volunteering in the community. Sought to hire a well-rounded person in regard to skills, effort, and dedication.

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    • Organizational skills and time management, overcoming challenges, and passion for education reform.   1 Answer
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    Teach for America Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in State College, PA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Teach for America (State College, PA) in May 2012.

    Interview

    High intensity interviewing and recruiting. Biggest thing they look for is willingness to stick it out for the full two years. The reason I declined even though I was offered the position was that I could tell that I was getting so much support and attention just so I would say yes and they couldn't answer my questions about sustainability of the model.

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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    Rigorous. I skipped the phone interview. Teach For America wants to see that you've been a leader in your classroom. Teach For America also likes to see data and numbers to quantify the accomplishments that you've had in the leadership roles.

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    Teach for America Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Grinnell, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America (Grinnell, IA) in September 2013.

    Interview

    The Teach For America interview has three parts. I would say it is very time consuming and thorough. They look for very driven individuals with Type A personalities or are extremely passionate. You start with a phone interview that will ask about your greatest leadership responsibilities. If you move on you answer questions about yourself, and respond to video questions. You will need two outside references to complete part of this section. Finally, you do a mini-lesson and answer 1:1 questions. The lesson can be on anything just prepare for it and bring all your energy. You just need to show that you have high energy and that you are ready to try and learn.

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    • How does race and identity play a role in the classroom?   1 Answer
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    Second Grade Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Teach for America (Atlanta, GA) in April 2012.

    Interview

    first is the phone conversation which is usually conducted by a corps member and then if you are invited for an interview it starts as a group interview and you discuss a few situations and you definitely want to speak up and weight in. Then you move to presentations which are short. Make sure you involve everyone and stay relaxed.

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    • Why do you want to join TFA   1 Answer
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dayton, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Teach for America (Dayton, OH) in March 2015.

    Interview

    It was a very long process. I skipped the phone interview and went directly to the final interview. I did my virtually with other 5 applicants. It was hard to do group activities virtually. Some people would talk at the same time as you and not know it or the video would freeze. It was a never ending struggle.

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    • Why are you interested in TFA?   1 Answer
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in UC Berkeley, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Teach for America (UC Berkeley, CA).

    Interview

    Full-day, includes group exercises, and one-on-one questions. Also, had to prepare a mini-teaching lesson. The group exercise was an activity to gauge leadership role, and team role. The mini-teaching lesson was a test to gauge ability to deliver a short succinct 10 minute lesson.

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