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Updated Oct 22, 2014
Updated Oct 22, 2014
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Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied through college or university – interviewed at Teach for America.

Interview Details

Teach for America recruiters are extremely invested. I ended up not pursuing further interviews past preliminary rounds, but had an incredible experience. If you can get in contact with a campus recruiter, they will genuinely fight for you to get the job. It stinks that you don't know what location you will be placed in, but otherwise recruiting was a really pleasant experience.

Interview Questions
  • Being creative and providing a sincere interest in the mission of Teach for America is extremely important to the interviewer.   Answer Question
Reasons for Declining

I ended up changing my graduation date and no longer pursuing Teach for America in the process of this change.

Declined Offer
Positive Experience

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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Insanely long interview process only to be assigned a subject level that I stated I did not want. It was thus very frustrating. They need to be more upfront about the fact that some one requesting older students can go through the long process, get accepted, only to get assigned to pre-k.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Teach for America in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Had to fill out lots of online questionnaires first before being notified of phone interview, next was in person interview where you had to deliver a sample lesson that you would teach.

    Interview Questions
    • They harped on very small parts of my resume and when I tried to move on they wanted to keep knowing more about a small position I held instead of some of my larger roles.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    I heard several accounts of Teach for America actually taking away jobs from professional teachers because the school board had a contract to supply a certain amount of jobs to TFA.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    The online application is very thorough. I recommend meting with a recruiter to help answer any questions you amy have. Some applicants are required to do a phone interview; others are advanced to the final interview day. Before the final interview day, there are many forms to complete and files to upload. This takes time! You also need to secure two recommenders and one reference. The final interview day includes a sample lesson, group activity, and individual interview.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    none
    Accepted Offer
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    Teacher Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed 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
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Clemson, SC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Clemson, SC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    The interview process starts by you applying online. After applying online they let you know if you have been invited to a phone interview. Someone that previously taught in the corps will be your interviewer. They ask you about your leadership experience and about things on your resume. Be prepared to speak a lot about what you have on your resume, I wouldn't fudge anything if I were you because they will ask you about it. Next they let you know within a week or two if you have gotten invited to the final interview. In the final interview you have to give a 5 minute lesson and watch the other people in your group do so. In my interview there were 2 interviewers that asked stupid questions (on purpose) to see how you handled them. For the final interview there is also a one-on-one interview where they ask basically the same questions about your resume that the phone interviewer did so be prepared to talk about your resume again. Before the final interview readings are provided to you... DONT FORGET TO READ THEM! They asked me a few questions about them. After your final interview you hear back within a month or so depending on which date you applied for.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    I believe in and am passionate about their cause but am not sure the direction they are taking is right for me.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The process was relaxed, friendly. The interviewers were very kind and at no time did I feel uncomfortable or unprepared for what would come next. The interviewers did a good job of letting us know from the second we arrived how the schedule for the day would play out. The personal interview was long but enjoyable.

    Interview Questions
    • None were difficult; the group-teaching activity was tough though. Practicing with a group of people beforehand vs. individually is a good tactic for not going over time the day of.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Miami, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Miami, FL
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    The application process was intense, and thorough, but well worth the acceptance and final reward of the offer of position. All initial interview phone calls, phases/rounds of interview process were well planned, and they gave sufficient information to help you prepare for the phone call(s) or assessment tasks.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked to go into very specific details as to challenges that I've faced in my employment, and how was the situation(s) handled from beginning to end; they are very concerned with your ability to work well with others (especially administration, set leadership and your direct supervisors/co-professionals)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There is no cause/need to negotiate. This is a non-profit organization that connects you to the direct channel of employment. You are given a ball-park figure of initial earning potential. However, I believe that the ability to negotiate will come in terms of working with the school system/principal of the school at which you work.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Submit Application, if they like you then you'll then have a phone interview, then submit online assignments, and then final round group interviews in which you'll teach a lesson. followed by an individual interview in which you'll get feedback about your lesson. very in depth interview process but it weeds out the people who aren't truly interested

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Charlotte, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Charlotte, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    Exteremely long and througoh interview process. only recruit the highest achieving students. your area of study will have no effect on if you are hired or not and it will not affect what area you are place to teach

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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