Teach for America Interview Questions

Updated Oct 14, 2014
Updated Oct 14, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Teach for America in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied online on their website and filled out an application. There are certain deadlines that will end the application pool. Once the application pool closes, there will be a day where TFA will notify you if you have been selected for a phone interview. Once you set up the appointment for a phone interview, be sure to be ON TIME, as they are very punctual.

    Interview Questions
    • Can you tell me a time you failed and what you did?
      What attracted you the most about Teach For America?
      Why Teach for America and not someplace else?
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Teach for America in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    The initial process begins with an online application with areas specified for personal, educational, and professional information, as well as a few questions regarding interest in the organization. If you qualify for an interview, you're notified through email and are given some tips on how to best prepare for a phone interview. The phone interview is rather brief (about 25 minutes) and it feels somewhat rushed even though they try to stress that you take your time. The questions asked are based on what your responses are to their prompts. If you are selected after the phone interview, you move along to a group session in which you meet with TFA teachers and administrators. During this part of the process, there are group activities and prompts to go through. More cuts are made after this point.

    Interview Questions
    • How have you handled issues with coworkers in previous positions?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Managing Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed 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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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied 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
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied 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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    Teach for America Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed 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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    2014 Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    3 Month Process, 3 interview steps, Very friendly and inspiring

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Teach for America in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied online before the 3rd deadline. Was invited to a phone interview and an online test. Phone interview was very structured and scripted. Hard to connect on a personal level with the interviewer. Phone interview lasted around 30-45 minutes and consisted of 6-7 questions about resume. Did not get invited to final interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    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
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    Senior Tech Position Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed 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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