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Teach for America Interview Questions

Updated Nov 25, 2014
Updated Nov 25, 2014
218 Interview Reviews

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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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    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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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Managing Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed 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.

    Interview Questions
    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.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer

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