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    Classroom Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Memphis City Schools.

    Interview Details

    The hiring and interview process was simple. The principal was interested in recruiting cult members--people who would "fall in line" and make sure to take orders without question. 25 out of 30 minutes of my interview was listening to the principal brag about putting previous teachers in their places. I answered two questions.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the lowest proficiency rate that you would accept to consider yourself a successful teacher?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
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    Classroom Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Memphis, TN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Memphis, TN
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 12+ monthsinterviewed at Memphis City Schools.

    Interview Details

    I was hired because I knew someone.

    Negotiation Details
    None
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Classroom Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Memphis, TN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Memphis, TN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Memphis City Schools.

    Interview Details

    The first interview was a thoroughly professional in June 2005. The interviewer probed my understanding and knowledge of teaching methods and techniques. Although my application included submitting and explaining my philosophy of education, I was called upon to explain it to the interviewer. I considered that to be very professional.

    Interview Questions
    • After I was offered a contract a week later. I was directed to attend a MCS job fair with principals who were looking to fill vacant positions. The most difficult question was: What do you consider to be your greatest weakness as a teacher, and how are you working to improve in that area?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I was awarded a standard teaching contract based on education and experience. Once I completed my Master's Degree in August 2005, my pay was adjusted commensurate with my education and each year with my additional experience.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Substitute Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Memphis, TN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Memphis, TN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Memphis City Schools in August 2009.

    Interview Details

    You just showed up to orientation. There was no interview. You applied online and showed up to orientation.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Memphis, TN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Memphis, TN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Memphis City Schools in January 2009.

    Interview Details

    phone interview - face interview

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    1. Create an online application / profile, select the job opening, and submit. The system is not super slick, but it gets the job done. You can attach a resume, but also have to fill in pretty much the same in the online form.
    2. Receive an email stating the date, time and location of the interview. No call (though the email did ask me to call), no discussion, and limited notice (email sent Monday 4pm, email Tuesday 2.30pm).
    3. Interview started approx 1 hour late with no apologies, and no notice that it was going to be late until I asked at 2.25... And was then surprised to walk in and find 5 people (the hiring manager, 3 peers to the open position, 1 HR rep) in the room as no one had mentioned it would be a panel interview... On the plus side, this meant there was only one interview - a quick and effecient, time-saving process on both sides.
    4. Pre-offer form, which has to be signed by both the hiring manager and the selected applicant.
    5. Verbal offer, provided by HR. The HR rep was very helpful, answering what questions he could and putting me in touch with the appropriate groups for those he could not. Unfortunately, the offer itself contain limited info when compared to most... Only grade, step (which equates to years experience and impacts salary) and bi-monthly compensation are discussed. And no written offer will be provided until the verbal offer is accepted.
    6. Limited to no negotiation is possble, and the process for obtaining an additional 1-3 steps is almost impossible - notarized, detailed experience information from your previous employer which then has to be evaluated and exactly match your job for you to be granted credit... - and not available until after you start the new job.
    7. Once accepted, background check and physical are required (at employee cost), you have to bring in copies of your DL and SSN (not sure why they can't make the copies at MCS), and you have to fill in paperwork that repeats much of the information you've already provided. BTW, they use your SSN to track everything (during the recruiting process and once you're an employee)...

    Interview Questions
    • N/A, they use a fairly standard list of questions, with each panel member asking a couple in turn and all five panelists asking follow up questions as needed.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience

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