Teach for America Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2014
Updated Jul 20, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Managing Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    The phone interview was very structured. The Talent Director gave me a clear framework of what we would speak about, and for how long. At the end of the interview, she gave me a clear picture of the hiring process and a date by which I would hear from her, if I were to be selected for an in-person interview. often, they ask management-level staff to complete a sample project or report before the second interview.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were pretty standard: Tell me about your greatest success, tell me about a time that you resolved a conflict with a colleague, etc.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Teach for America Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Teach for America in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Online application, phone interview, though I did not participate in this and went straight to the final interview. The final interview takes a lot of preparation. Be sure to review the applicant center, tips for your five minute lesson plan, and all other materials. Also make sure that in your five minute lesson presentation, you stick to the time limit and accomplish both teaching the objective and TESTING the objective with some sort of check for overall comprehension. Also there is an online test prior to the final interview. I am still awaiting the decision.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Teach for America in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    There's an initial application with 300-word responses and other basic information. They will contact you to let you know if you are or aren't invited to the phone interview. The phone interview is half an hour with questions about your past work experiences and questions targeted at understanding how you deal with conflict. After the phone interview, you'll find out if you're invited to the final full-day interview which consists of a group interview as well as a one-on-one interview. Questions are very standard interview questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Under what circumstances would you leave TFA?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university - interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    Collected emails from student campus recruiters. TFA reaches out to you to schedule an interview to talk about what TFA is and how you fit with their mission. Mostly reviewing your resume and your activities and involvement in college.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing too difficult. Mostly about why you want to join TFA   Answer Question
    No Offer
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Managing Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4 months - interviewed at Teach for America in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    As many have already mentioned, the hiring process for TFA is very structured, but in my opinion it's overdone. According to the hiring manager, I was actually 1 of 2 top candidates for the job, but unfortunately for me the other person was offered the position. The entire process took 4 agonizing months and a call to my supervisor for a reference, only for them to offer the job to my opponent in the end.

    My interview process was as follows: I first completed the initial phone interview screening. About 4-5 weeks later I was contacted to do a second phone interview with a member from the team I would be working with and the program assistant. A few days after that I was given a 2-part critical thinking assignment, which had a 1-week deadline. Two weeks after submitting the assignment I was contacted once again to interview with the hiring manager. Following that interview, I spoke with 2 additional team members, and a few days later I had my final interview with a VP based in a different location.

    Everyone I spoke to was always extemely polite and seemingly very interested in my ideas, but I did often wonder if they were being genuine. When it was all said and done, I wasn't provided much feedback as to why they decided to go with the other candidate, only that it was a "really tough decision." The hiring manager even went on to say that my references were excellent and how great of a job I'm doing in my present work. Overall, I still believe that TFA is likely a great place to work, but after my long, drawn-out experience I doubt I will ever apply with this organization again.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were pretty straight-forward, and many of them had to do with corporate relationship building and how well you can handle challenges.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Tech Position Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Teach for America in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    At first, I applied for a position on line that was shown on Indeed.com, but the recruiter thought I was fit for higher level tech position, and so he contacted me at 7pm on Friday night. I was surprised, but I had a phone interview with him later on the week. Everything went fine, I managed to have another interview which is group Video interview with 3 people. (1 manager, 1 co-worker, and 1 tech person for tech questions)

    The good thing about this job interview is that I don't have to waste my time/transportation fee to travel all the way to New York City to interview. Bad thing is that the manager seemed very demanding. She was like looking for a perfect person to do that job. I was applying for a tech job. They seemed to have focused Customer Service rather than Technical ability. I have both, but somehow the manager wanted more from the Customer Service side. I am sorry, my experience should be enough for both, but maybe the way I present was overdoing...

    Few clues.

    1. What I meant overdoing it is that I set up video interview in my office (which I have my own office of my room.. well, I am looking because the company is shutting down, I don't really if I have an office or not in the future job). When we talk on the phone/video interview, she was mentioning about her place is 3 feet next to her coworkers. She was like hinting about not having big office space and this job may not be for me. (This is just my hunch, but I have a strong feeling that she felt that way)

    2. My question to her. I learned this from Youtube by the way. When it comes to the end of the interview, if the interviewer asked you "any question", one of responses would give you a clue how the interview goes... which is "Is there anything else you want me to tell you besides skills and experience? " After I said that, she immediately smiled (by the way, I didn't see it as good sign though". She said, " I still don't see how you can be custom focused (don't remember exact words, but that is the comment/question she asked me back".. In that case, I realized that my presentation may not hit her well enough. I really don't know how to please her. I have used every best possitive words to please her in customer service.

    3. At the end, she said " I will let (name of the recruiter) know", no clue of hiring me at all.

    Oh well, I don't get the job, that is fine. At least I didn't waste my time traveling to New York City two times. I really wish all companies are like this, have phone, video interviews to save my and their time.

    Summary

    Teach for America may seem to have very good benefit and good place to work for.
    However, if one time flawless presentation on the interview determines if you get the job. I think it will be very tough.

    Interview Questions
    • "If I need a report at the end of day, what kind of report would you give me?"   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    The hiring process is pretty straightforward. First a phone interview, where they try to get an idea of who you are, why you're interested, and what you've done so far. Then, after a few online assignments, a group interview. Mine was on WebEx because I was unable to be on site on the scheduled group interview days. This includes a lesson plan and some role play.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Development Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    In July 2013, I interviewed for the Development Coordinator position at the Houston office of Teach for America (TFA). The initial interview was an hour in length, included two people, and occurred via telephone. (First interviews are ALWAYS via phone - unless there are special circumstances.) The interviewers were a manager within the department for which I was interviewing and another individual. They were friendly, "human," and seemed interested in me. They wanted to know about my basic qualifications, but also about me as a person (number of siblings, hobbies, entire school history, favorite subjects, etc.). When it comes to qualifications and experiences, the first interview only grazes the surface. Prior to the first interview, it is highly likely that they will ask you to complete a series of tasks in order to gauge more honestly and accurately your preparedness for the position. There is a deadline, so get ready. The TFA interview process usually requires at least four interviews; however, my process included only two. (I say this because in all of the email correspondence, my last interview was called my "final interview," and when it began, the interviewer congratulated me on making it to the final round.) The final interview is WAY more in-depth. It is either in-person or via webcam; mine was via webcam. Depending on the position, you will have to DISSECT various work experiences in order to paint a clear picture of how well you can perform the tasks required by the position. I distinctly remember having to dissect my ENTIRE process - from planning to execution - for a community forum that I planned. She asked about my planning process (i.e., do I color-code?), how I divided tasks (i.e., are you comfortable delegating tasks? can you lead others? how do you keep your team members on task?), how I ensured thorough execution of the conference/ forum (i.e., how did you setup? how did you delegate tasks on the day of the event?), etc. I was very comfortable throughout the interviewing process, and event though I didn't get the position, it is an interview process that I will forever remember as a positive one.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university - interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    Started with an application then proceeded to a phone interview followed by the final in person interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  11.  

    Social Studies Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Provo, UT
    Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Teach for America in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    There was a phone interview and then an in-person interview. The phone interview revolved around a series of articles that I was asked to read about "the achievement gap." The in-person interview was pretty standard.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing was particularly hard, just be sure to read the articles in detail.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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