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City Year Corps Member Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 29, 2014
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Corps Member
Milwaukee, WI

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at City Year in February 2012.

Interview Details – I had my screening interview and they asked:
How might a child describe you and what would you do to achieve that description?
Describe your best and worst team experiences?
What are your strengths in regards to your work habits/style?
In regards to your work habits/style, what do you hope to improve with City Year?
What are your personal/professional goals?
What do you know about City Year?
What do you know about Milwaukee?

and a few others. It took 20 minutes.

Interview Questions

  • How might a child describe you and how would you achieve that description?   Answer Question
  • What are your best and worst team experiences and what was your role within that team?   Answer Question
  • Describe a time you chose to help someone.   Answer Question

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Corps Member
Denver, CO

The process took a day - interviewed at City Year in November 2011.

Interview Details – The first of 2 interviews consists of a 20 minute phone interview. They ask basic interview questions such as why you feel you should get the position, what you wish to get from the position and why you chose that particular location. There is another longer 45 minute phone interview should you pass the firs

Interview Question – Why did you choose City Year?   Answer Question

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Corps Member
Manchester, NH

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at City Year in October 2011.

Interview Details – I applied online for serving where most needed was emailed to inform them of times I'd be available for a half hour phone interview within a couple days upon completion of application. The initial phone interview went really well and the interview was very polite and easy to talk to. About 5 days later I was emailed and informed I was matched with the New Hampshire site and asked if I wanted to continue the process. Within a day or so, somebody from New Hampshire contacted me and we set up a more formal phone interview. I was a little less sure of my performance this time around but apparently it went well enough. The second interview was full of hypothetical scenarios and personal background questions. Within another 5 days I was offered a position. The important thing was applying early, having confidence, knowing and showing that you really care about the position and just being honest with yourself and to the interviewer.

Interview Questions

  • What do you think the most challenging aspect of working at City Year will be?   Answer Question
  • Name a time in your life where you had to overcome a challenge.   Answer Question

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Corps Member
Philadelphia, PA

I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at City Year in April 2011.

Interview Details – I applied online and then had a phone interview the following week. It was a basic screening interview where they asked my interests in the program and about myself. I was then invited for an in person interview where they asked mainly about group work and scenarios.

Interview Questions

  • How would you deal with an experience where you were leading the team in a certain activity but had little knowledge in the area or on the issue?   View Answer
  • What would you do when a child does not cooperate or misbehaves during the program?   View Answer

Reason for Declining – I was reluctant but I received another job offer that would benefit me better in the future.

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Corps Member
New York, NY

The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at City Year in March 2009.

Interview Details – When applying I had chosen NY as my specific site. I also applied from abroad and CY was very accommodating when it came to setting up interview times that worked with my schedule/the time difference. After submitting the application I had an initial phone interview and then was informed by email that I was chosen for a selection interview. I think City Year prefers to do this interview in person but they will do it over the phone if you cannot come to their offices in Chelsea. The person with whom I did my interview was really personable and friendly and it was a very comfortable interview. Standard questions but definitely emphasize your desire to work with underserved youth and passion for education. Also, make it clear that you are looking for opportunities for leadership development. City Year loves to create new leaders/bring people to their full potential.

Interview Question – They have a program called Camp City Year which corps members plan and implement and they asked how I could enhance that program.   View Answer

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Corps Member
Miami, FL

The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at City Year in February 2011.

Interview Details – The application must be submitted completely and almost immediately they will call. In my case it seemed fairly quick. I did my phone interview within a week of submitting my Application then had a 1:1 interview a week after. They called me with an offer a two weeks later.

Interview Question – What do you expect to improve as a person during your service?   Answer Question

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Corps Member
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at City Year in October 2010.

Interview Details – general phone interview

Interview Question – why do you want to work for city year?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – na

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Corps Member
Washington, DC

The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at City Year in June 2010.

Interview Details – I had two phone interviews with two different interviewers. The first one takes about 15 min and the second takes 30-45 min. The interviewers tell you this at the beginning. The interview itself is by no means a conversation. It's very straight forward and they type everything you say into their computer (you can hear them). I would recommend brainstorming some answers to some interview questions before the interview (e.g., what are your strengths/weaknesses). I did this and it helped. Also, because it is a phone interview and they can't see you, keep your resume and anything else you think might help in front of you. Someone suggested I do this, and I'm really glad I had it out because I did have to refer to it during the interview.

Interview Questions

  • How would you want children to describe you and what steps would you take to accomplish this?   View Answer
  • This office does a lot of things (e.g., fundraising, admissions, etc.); how do you think this would contribute to your experience as a corps member?   Answer Question
  • What is a social justice issue that concerns you?   Answer Question

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Corps Member
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at City Year in February 2010.

Interview Details – I applied online and they contacted me for an initial screening interview. This was about 15 minutes and consisted of basic questions about my personality and why I wanted to work for city year. Then they contacted me a few days later for a longer phone interview.

Interview Question – How do you deal with stressful situations   Answer Question

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Corps Member
Washington, DC

The process took 5 days - interviewed at City Year in July 2007.

Interview Details – A relaxed service oriented environment. The office culture seems to be able to get done what needs to be done while also maintain a level of professionalism. The work culture was very open-minded and had a very inclusive vibe to it. The interview was no longer than an hour long and was very relaxed

Interview Question – What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome in your life?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate getting a job

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