Teach for America Interview Questions

Updated Sep 11, 2014
Updated Sep 11, 2014
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    Social Studies Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Provo, UT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Provo, UT
    Application Details

    I applied 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    Interview was fair - lasted about one hour. Talked mostly about past experience and the job description. I was asked to email the interviewer if I was still interested and he would send me a mock project description. Received the mock project description the following Monday, was given 2 hours to work on it. Received an email about 10 days letter saying that I did not get the offer.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    It's a long and detailed interview process with a lot of what appears to be unnecessary paperwork (like manually entering all classes into the online system). I found the final interview round most challenging. I recommend meeting with TFA alumni to prepare for the final interview, like the mock teaching exercise.

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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Applied through the standard online process. Was required to submit an extensive work/academic history, answer questions about desire to join TFA/teaching philosophy, etc. Made it to next round, had to watch videos online of teaching scenarios and respond to questions about videos. Was given a phone interview which lasted ~30 minutes, covering basic behavioral topics (challenging experiences in group, why interested in TFA, etc.). Was rejected at this point in the process.

    Interview Questions
    • Video scenario responses were quite open-ended and therefore challenging.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    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

    You fill out an online application. After a couple weeks, you find out if you've been invited to a phone interview. After the phone interview, you find out if you're invited to a final interview where you have to present a 5 minute lesson plan, a group activity, and then schedule an individual interview.
    The in-person interview is basically the same thing as the phone interview. It was a very tedious process with a lot of waiting. They focus mostly on accomplishments you have received. Prepare for the teaching lesson by practicing beforehand. It'll help a lot! When they say you only get a certain amount of time, they mean it!

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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    Applied online at the last possible day. Got a phone interview. Invited for the final interview but declined

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Process began with a 30 minute phone interview to assess whether there was a culture fit.

    Then was given a round of exercises, followed by a call to discuss the exercises, and a couple behavioral questions.

    Couple more rounds of phone interviews, followed by another round of exercises. I don't think this is common, but it can happen.

    Interview Questions
    • Scenario role play: A colleague is opposed to a project that you have been assigned to. You need her help to successfully complete the project. How would you address this.   Answer Question
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    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I was contacted for a recruiting interview the summer between my sophomore and junior year in college by TFA. Interestingly enough, I was only contacted because I had signed up for TFA's contact list. I was just interested in TFA emails but I got much more. I spoke directly with a recruiter, and scheduled a phone interview. We spoke for around 40 minutes, but the interview was cut short by another appointment. I found the recruiter friendly, casual, and encouraging. After our conversation we continued to stay in contact. She would email me every couple weeks or so and really seemed interested in my opinion on education reform. I will be applying for TFA in the fall and have been really encouraged by her. All because I signed up for a silly mailing list.

    Interview Questions
    • When did you recognize the education gap in your own life?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Program Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Teach for America in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was given a first round screening from someone in New York then a local screening for the Chicago position. I was not able to move on. They were very transparent and organized for their interview process and you could tell why they are successful. I would apply to them again in the future.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Administrative Support Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Teach for America in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied for this position online and was contacted within a few weeks of submitting my application. All initial correspondence was done via email and everything was very well organized. I scheduled a phone interview online and an associate called me at the specified time and date for an hour long interview. The person I spoke with was very cordial and asked very meaningful questions.

    This was followed by a second phone interview which was also a very positive experience. The hiring process seems to be a long one but I think it's for worth it for such a great organization.

    I hear there is a project that selected candidates are asked to complete in a week's period. I'm not sure what this project entails but I would think it directly related to the job in some way.

    Interview Questions
    • (Be familiar with the core values and try to identify which one you most closely align with and why)

      Describe a time when you dropped the ball and how you handled it.

      Describe a time when you did not agree with a superior and you managed to accomplish your end goal in spite of this disagreement.

      How do you stay organized?

      Describe an accomplishment that you are proud of and why.

      Side Note: There were almost always sub-questions that followed each main question pertaining directly to the original question. I would say this was done for clarification purposes.
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