Teach for America Interview Questions

Updated Jun 24, 2015
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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hartford, CT
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Teach for America (Hartford, CT) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Applied for the Corps for the 2015-2016 year. Got a phone interview with a lovely alumna of the Corps who seemed impressed with what I had to say regarding my background and experience. Overall the interview allowed me to really shine.

    Interview Questions

    • As a founding board member of a non-profit org., what were your duties?   Answer Question
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Teach for America in March 2015.

    Interview

    I submitted my application online, and then was asked to have an interview over the phone. The phone interview was fairly standard, although they focused almost entirely on only one of the activities on my resume. The process is a little frustrating, in that after I completed the phone interview and was told that I had made it to the in-person interview, I need to complete the online activity. However, they did not open the online activity immediately, and I only had a few days in which I was expected to complete it. They also did not immediately send out requests to the people I had down for my recommendation letters. The in-person interview is a full day.

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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    Lengthy and detailed online application. ~Two hour online exercise. I was able to skip the phone interview step and moved directly to final interview. Final interview was exactly how they describe it on the website. Group interview, Teach a 5 minute lesson, Q & A session, group activity, then individual interviews. Advice: ask questions that make your fellow applicants look good during their lessons and they'll ask nice ones back. Come prepared with questions for the Q & A session, no one had questions in my group (10 of us) so I got to ask 2 questions that helped demonstrate my interest. Don't ask a question that's already addressed online somewhere or that is very specific (e.g., can I teach in NY if I pass my PA state exams?) For the individual interview, they really let you elaborate on your answers so don't be shy! They focused on my leadership activity that I had spent the most time on. They also asked a lot about my thesis. My interviewer and I clicked on a certain topic in education reform and went on that tangent for a while, if you're passionate about educational reform, let it show--because your interviewer probably is to!

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to be a corps member?
      Talk about a time you had to work in a group for your *insert leadership activity*.
      Talk about a time you had difficulty working with another person.
       
      Answer Question
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    Corps Member Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Teach for America (Atlanta, GA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    After completing an online application consisting of questions regarding background information and past experiences I was selected for a phone interview. I was able to choose a day and time online. I was contacted by a TFA representative who conducted the interview. It was very formal and structred. I was then contacted for an in person interview which consisted of a sample teaching lesson, group activity and one on one interview. Be prepared for your lesson and participate during the group activity. The in person interview was much like the phone interview asking most of the same standard questions. Be able to explain every detail of your resume. You never know what they may reference.

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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Teach for America (Saint Louis, MO) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Began with a recruiter email. I then applied online and was contacted that I moved on to the next stage. I then had a Phone interview, a Group interview, and a one on one interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Have I ever quit anything?   1 Answer
    • What am I most apprehensive about in this position?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    Another opportunity was better for me.

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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.

    Interview Questions

    • Why are you interested in TFA?   1 Answer
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    The interview process is very thorough. There are many rounds to go through, I would say with increasing difficulty. They are looking for a well-rounded individual and someone who is passionate about TFA's mission. It helps if you're from a disadvantaged background because it gives you a personal connection with the issue.

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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America in February 2015.

    Interview

    Very straightforward phone interview. Standard questions. Be yourself, but be serious about TFA. I enjoyed the interview experience thoroughly. The interview highlights what TFA stands for and without saying, they let you know what they're seeking.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain a difficult challenge that you've faced and how you overcame it.   Answer Question
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    Got contacted by on-campus recruiter and was told to apply. I applied, didn't have to do a phone interview, and was moved on to the final interview. The final interview was in group format and they gave us a scenario to discuss and a quick 5 minute teaching lesson. After that, we had one on one interviews with our group interview facilitators.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    I felt like I wanted to do something else with my career projectile and if I didn't have a great passion for TFA after the interview process then I probably shouldn't waste their time by not putting my all into being a corps member.

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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Interview process took over a month, but it was a great experience. You get to learn about the organization and how you can make an impact. Make sure you express your passion and be involved in the group portion of the interview. Be confident and you will do well!

    Interview Questions

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