Teach for America Interview Questions

Updated Jun 5, 2015
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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Teach for America in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online and received a notification that I had been offered a phone interview. I schedule the interview and a few days later I received a call from a rep and they interviewed/interrogated me about education, previous work, leadership, etc.

    Interview Questions

    • Name a position of leadership that has been particularly important to you...   Answer Question
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Very long process: applied in December, decision not available till March. Three rounds of interview: Phone interview, online interview/quiz, final interview at a local university. Final interview was very straightforward. TFA does good job at laying out the expectations of the final interview. Final interview requires a 5-minute lesson plan where you can teach whatever you want. be creative and engaging. Don't just sit there and speak.

    Interview Questions

    • Why TFA? Why not another teaching organization like Fellows?   Answer Question
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    First is the online application, which was pretty straightforward. The next step is the phone interview. Mine took about 45 minutes and was pretty thorough, but it was very helpful later as I prepared for the final interview. My interviewer was very nice! The final interview is the last step. It begins with the sample teaching lessons. The other interviewees and interviewers (I had two) act as your students. It was pretty relaxed, but you have to be organized! The ten minute time limit is very serious. The group portion involves readings you are assigned ahead of time. Everyone was considerate and this portion was a good time to show leadership and cooperation. The final part is the one on one interview. It was very similar to the phone interview, I was even asked a few of the exact same questions. My interviewer was very nice and made me feel comfortable. She focused on one service activity that I had participated in the longest.

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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Teach for America in March 2015.

    Interview

    The process starts with a recruiter contacting you to help you keep the time line of the application. The application takes approximately 2 hours of duplicated information. Throughout the process they explain that they are looking for corps members that "look like" their students. They explain that they are referring to minorities. The next step is the phone interview. They explain again that they are looking for corps members that "look like" their students, but it is not a requirement. You then find out about 2 weeks later of you are invited to the in person final interview. During introductions the speakers ate minorities and again explain that they are looking for corps members that "look like" their students, but they look at other skills as well. On this interview you will do a 5 minute lesson plan- keep it simple and engage others.

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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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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America (Philadelphia, PA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process was a long one. Almost two months long. They have you submit about four essays in the initial application. If you pass that you'll make it on to the phone interview. If you make it pass the phone interview you'll make it on to the last in-person interview/sample lesson plan. They claim they want diversity but their organization make-up proves otherwise.

    Interview Questions

    • Take us through a difficult experience in the workplace and how you handled it.   Answer Question
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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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.

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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Teach for America in February 2015.

    Interview

    First there was a phone interview. It was not so great because it was clear they were reading from a script. I answered a question and then I was asked a very similar question right afterwards which showed to me they weren't listening to closely but rather just following a script.

    Interview Questions

    • What was the hardest course you've taken? Why was it so difficult? How did you overcome?   Answer Question
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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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    Teaching Position Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    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

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