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Updated Dec 12, 2014
Updated Dec 12, 2014
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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    TFA recruiter was great- friendly, always willing to point out resources, connect me with someone. Interview went well- you do the teaching part first which gets that out of the way. Group portion they just want to see that you can carry a conversation and are committed to TFA and would not quit on them. Hiring was not handled well. During your regional selection process- CHOOSE YOUR REGIONS VERY CAREFULLY AND READ UP ON ALL OF THEM THAT YOU CHOOSE. TFA is not incredibly transparent about all of the costs until after you have been selected, unless you do some research yourself on the TFA website.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Had to pay for a reduced master's program to get certification. AmeriCorps would fund some of it, but this would still be expensive. Also, I did not want to commit to my placement location.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First step is application, basic information and then 3 questions. If you advance, there is a phone interview which they ask you basic experience and education. If advance after that, you will have a final interview day consisting of a 5 minute lesson plan, group discussion, and additional interview. Be creative for class lesson

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Bilingual Placement Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    It is a rigorous interview process. There were five levels when I applied. There is the online application. Then there is the phone interview, then I had a group interview, personal one-on-one interview, and then interview with the principal of the hiring school. For the group interview, I had to prepare a mini lesson plan for the other applicants while the interviewers observed. My advice for all the rounds is to show why you think you would make a great teacher and explain why you want to teach in the first place. Once you can answer those questions, the rest is easy.

    Interview Questions
    • If I wanted to take my class on a field trip and the principal said no, what would you do?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I should have asked more questions as to what a bilingual placement could entail. I thought it was more of an ESL position but it could also mean immersion programs. TFA doesn't pay you the district does and I didn't even consider negotiating at the time, but what I would recommend is for you to carefully read the contract as to what you are agreeing to do before signing.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    I went through 4 interviews over the span of 3 months for an assistant position. The interview process went by very fast once I passed through the HR screening but the regional team seemed to be very unorganized in terms of who will manage the position

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked a lot of questions about my values which I did not think were relevant to the position at all but I understand that as an org, TFA wants to hire more of the same   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    did not negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The process is kind of long but not as stressful as I assumed it would be. First the application, then the phone interview, then the final interview. From what I hear, the final interview isn't a direct competition with other applicants; basically, if they feel like everyone in your group would best suit the program they will hire everyone in the group (I think this is rare but the good thing is, they don't have a set number of applicants they have to accept each period).

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    I did not want to move to the area they suggested.

    Declined Offer
  7.  

    Teach for America Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Stanford, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Stanford, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    Interview process is very extensive: your original application includes leadership roles that you've held, a letter of intent, your undergraduate courses and GPA, etc. The next phase is a 30-45 minute phone interview with a TFA representative.

    Last step is the in-person group interview - you prepare and implement a 5-minute mini-lesson plan like you would in a classroom. Your lesson plan must include an objective, be interactive, should check for student understanding, and fit within the time frame. The rest of your group acts as students would/should, so you see everyone else's lesson plan as well. Then you participate in a problem solving challenge with your team to find a solution to a scenario that could take place if you enter a classroom. At some point during the day, you do a individual math assessment as well. Lastly, you have your one-on-one interview with one of the TFA interviewers. These interviews last about 45 minutes, if I remember correctly, and discuss your best qualifications. They very explicitly ask you what, if anything, would prevent you from fulfilling your two year commitment, which is probably a pretty important question.

    Interview Questions
    • They very explicitly ask you what, if anything, would prevent you from fulfilling your two year commitment, which is probably a pretty important question.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    n/a, AmeriCorps
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    The initial step of the process is a lengthy application, complete with GPAs by school year, personal statements and short answer questions, examples of your leadership, etc.

    After this step, they notify the applicants that are moving to the next round that they must have a phone interview. Roughly 50% of applicants will be released after this round, as their website states.

    Following this interview, you will either be released or invited to the final round. Before the final interview, you must then complete an online task which includes a timed exam to measure your critical thinking skills, followed by a few short answer questions which are not timed. Bonus points for incorporating any of their values in this step! There isn't much you can do to prepare for this portion, it's just a way to measure how quickly and accurately you are able to analyze situations.

    The day of the final interview, you will be in a group of 6-12 other applicants and 2-4 interviewers. You must first give a 5 minute teaching sample. This was kind of a waste of time, but whatever, it's required. Afterward there is a "group task," basically to see how you are able to collaborate and work with others. This was easy, they give you a situation which you resolve alone, then come back together to discuss it as a group. My whole group agreed, so we didn't have much to talk about. Lastly will come the actual interview. At this point, there isn't much about you that they don't already know. ALL of my questions were repeated directly from my phone interview, which was extremely frustrating.

    After the final round, they will give you 2 weeks to wait until you hear back, and then will have 2 weeks to accept the job or not.

    Interview Questions
    • Why would you want to do Teach For America over AmeriCorps?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I wasn't willing to move to the location in which I had been placed.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Teach for America Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Had to fill out lots of online questionnaires first before being notified of phone interview, next was in person interview where you had to deliver a sample lesson that you would teach.

    Interview Questions
    • They harped on very small parts of my resume and when I tried to move on they wanted to keep knowing more about a small position I held instead of some of my larger roles.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    I heard several accounts of Teach for America actually taking away jobs from professional teachers because the school board had a contract to supply a certain amount of jobs to TFA.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Teach for America recruiters are extremely invested. I ended up not pursuing further interviews past preliminary rounds, but had an incredible experience. If you can get in contact with a campus recruiter, they will genuinely fight for you to get the job. It stinks that you don't know what location you will be placed in, but otherwise recruiting was a really pleasant experience.

    Interview Questions
    • Being creative and providing a sincere interest in the mission of Teach for America is extremely important to the interviewer.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I ended up changing my graduation date and no longer pursuing Teach for America in the process of this change.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience

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