Teach for America Interview Questions

Updated Sep 5, 2014
Updated Sep 5, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corps Member Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Teach for America in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    TFA is very transparent. Prior to my phone and in-person interview, I studied their website and mission diligently (TFA recommends doing this.) I also went online and looked for suggestions as to how best to prepare for the phone and in-person interview. I would highly recommend preparing several (maybe 3 to 4) vignettes that highlight your leadership abilities. It may even be good to detail a time when you struggled or even failed to accomplish a goal. However, if you choose to include a vignette of this type, be sure to make clear the lessons/principles you took away from that experience and how it may have helped you to approach similar situations.

    Interview Questions
    • TFA is pretty transparent about their interview process. Though, little information is given regarding the actual questions they might ask, they do provide several suggestions in follow-up e-mails about how to tackle and prepare for the interview.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    At first I was placed in a region far from home, but I was able to get a regional transfer. Keep in mind, that my situation is not typical. TFA states that their offers are usually final. The placement team works to place you in one of your preferred regions, but they necessarily have to do so within the contexts of regional/employer needs i.e. if you lack significant coursework in the science or math, it will be difficult for them to place you in the Bay Area , as this region is in need of teachers competent in that subject.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Madison, WI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Madison, WI
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Teach for America in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Rigorous process. Includes online application with essay questions, phone interview, online activity, and comprehensive in-person interview.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    Three stage interview process:

    1) Personal statement of intent and several short answer questions

    2) Phone interview, timed online activity, and 3 references

    3) In person interview and 5 minute lesson presentation

    Overall, the interview experience was a long, but positive one--if you are set on joining. I had a few buddies work tirelessly through the first two steps, only to get rejected in the final round because they did not convince the interviewers they were committed to the cause. Only worth going through the trouble if you really want it.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a coworker and how you worked past it.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations. Two weeks to decide, no extensions.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First you submit your application, which is pretty straight forward. Then you have the phone interview and a test online. The phone interview is rather basic, they just ask you typical interview questions. Basically explaining your resume to them. The "test" is just a few logic questions. The last step is the 5 minute lesson plan, group activity, and the in person interview. For the 5 minute lesson, just practice and pick something you are familiar with. Most importantly, MAKE IT FOLLOW THE FORMAT OF AN ACTUAL LESSON, and MAKE IT CREATIVE! You really need to display that you know the format of a lesson plan. For the group activity, be assertive but not too aggressive. Make valid points, don't talk for the sake of talking. And the final interview only took me about 25 minutes, they ask how you would ask the principal for field trip funding, etc. I walked away convinced I didn't get the job because the interview was so standardized I couldn't tell what he thought of me.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you convince a principal for funding for a field trip?   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    TFA couldn't guarantee me placement in a SPED classroom, so I decided to go the traditional route of becoming a teacher.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    The interviews are wonderful experience to see what the Teach For America culture is like. It is an intense process, much like the job will be if you are chosen. The phone interviews can seem a bit awkward, but that only makes the unperson interview seem much more natural. Preparing a mock lesson can seem intimidating at first, but the key is confidence and interaction.

    Interview Questions
    • During the phone interview I was asked what the most difficult class I've taken in college was and how I handled it.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    You do not get to negotiate with TFA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Recruitment Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Applied online, quick response via email. 2 phone interviews, 1 project.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  8.  

    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Rochester, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rochester, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Teach for America in December 2010.

    Interview Details

    There was an online application followed by a phone interview. Some candidates skip the phone interview and go straight to the final interview. The final interview consisted of a presentation, "sample lesson", group activity and one on one interview.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    None.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Middle School Math Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    It was very involved and intense, but if you speak to anyone who is a teacher and have them review your practice lesson, you'll be fine. Keep it short, to the point, and allow for questions and independent work. Remember, you're not just having them take notes. You want your interviewers to remember you and your engaging lesson.

    Be prepared for someone to get a question wrong in your lesson, and practice ways to respond. They looked really hurt when another person interviewing gave a flat out, "no."

    Interview Questions
    • What do you do in the face of adversity?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There's no negotiation. You accept or reject.
    Accepted Offer
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Director, Business Analysis Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 months - interviewed at Teach for America in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Extremely long process. Takes time to get on folks calendars. Multiple interviews in the same day and multiple interviewers in the same interview. The organization is difficult to get into and the interview process is how they manage it. HR is slow to respond even if they are very much interested in you.

    Interview Questions
    • Be prepared to answer questions around the mission and vision of TFA and how they pertain to you. Technical questions are minimal.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Zero negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Teach for America Corp Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 8 weeks - interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    Online Application, Phone Interview, Final Interview

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    N/A
    Accepted Offer

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