Teach for America Interview Questions

Updated Aug 25, 2015
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New Haven, CT
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Teach for America (New Haven, CT) in September 2013.

    Interview

    Very extensive, rigorous interview process. Starts with a written application (includes essays, etc.), then candidates typically receive a phone interview, then a final in-person interview. Final interview takes about 5 hours. Includes group dialogue, sample 5 minute lesson plan (keep it simple! stick with a lesson that has super basic components such as 3 branches of government), and one-on-one interview. One-on-one was practically identical to phone interview. Use this time to give an update on a project you discussed on the phone interview.

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    Corps Member Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Teach for America (Boston, MA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Very long interview process. Overall took about 4 months. Application, online test, phone interview and in person interview with sample lesson plan before getting an offer. Asked a lot of the same questions throughout the whole process.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked a lot of questions about my background, leadership experience and extracurricular activities.   Answer Question
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    Corp Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Teach for America (Austin, TX) in September 2014.

    Interview

    - lengthy, 3 possible parts: application, phone interview, in person/group interview The website is pretty transparent about the process. If you are a strong candidate you can skip the phone interview.

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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Teach for America in March 2013.

    Interview

    Phone interview followed by a day long final interview. You must create a sample lesson plan, engage in problem solving, and end with one on one interview. The sample lesson plan must be executed in 5 minutes and is presented in front of interviewers and other interviewees.

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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South Bend, IN
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Teach for America (South Bend, IN).

    Interview

    Many steps, you have to do a phone interview, a group interview then individual interview, and create a lesson plan. You speak with an alum of the program to do a phone interview. You have to read and discuss an article with other people in the group. Then you have to read situations and discuss your answers with individual.

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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 7+ weeks. I interviewed at Teach for America (San Francisco, CA) in August 2013.

    Interview

    The process is long and there is a lot of emphasis on your understanding of TFA as an organization. I would say it's tedious and there's a lot of people chiming in which results in answering the same basic questions over and over.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your knowledge about the education situation in this city and how does TFA factor into that situation?   Answer Question
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    Operations Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Teach for America in December 2013.

    Interview

    The hiring process is a bit longer than other interviews I have had, but they looking to see if you truly will be a match for the Teach for America organization. They make it as conversational as possible, which eases you into the interview. After a few minutes of talking to your interviewer, you feel more comfortable with talking to them and answering their questions.

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    Campus Campaign Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tallahassee, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Teach for America (Tallahassee, FL) in May 2013.

    Interview

    You will always be been tasks and small projects to complete through out your interview process. Enjoyed the experience liked how the tasks prepared you for the role. Also you were allowed to fully express why you are attached to the mission.

    Interview Questions

    • Experience speaking to a large group of people that you do not know   Answer Question
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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Teach for America (Washington, DC) in October 2011.

    Interview

    Easy as long as you practice and have answers prepared. TFA does not throw curveballs. If an answer sounds obvious, then say it. Have come compelling stories to share and be prepared to explain yourself. Use numbers to support your leadership credentials. TFA wants to have leaders, not necessarily teachers. So make sure you say that you are a leader that can transfer your skills to the classroom.

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    • How do you organize your time?   1 Answer
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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Teach for America (Chicago, IL) in December 2011.

    Interview

    There were multiple stages of the interview process. First online application, then a phone interview. Then a second application that included some timed essays. Finally, a third in-person interview in which you do some group activities, including teaching a mock lesson and then a last one-on-one interview. I would rate it difficult, due to the fact it took such a long time - it spanned a few months - and that there were a lot of different components.

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