TNTP Interview Questions

Updated Jul 30, 2015
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    Partner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at TNTP.

    Interview

    I had a phone interview with HR, then had to do an exercise that took 8 hours, then had another phone interview with previous hiring manager and in-person with president. They had me reserve a date for a final interview but then was told they had stronger candidates. The lack of feedback at the very end was really odd, but otherwise s strenuous but fairly normal process for a higher lever job.

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    Training and Instruction Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at TNTP (Austin, TX) in May 2015.

    Interview

    I applied for the position and received an email for a phone interview about 4 weeks later. I was scheduled for an interview, but it was rescheduled for the next day because the person interviewing me had a delayed appointment on the day the interview was originally scheduled. I received a follow up email a week later explaining that they hired another person who was a better fit for the position.

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    • I was asked to explain a time when I led a team member to successfully complete a project.   1 Answer
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    Partner, Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at TNTP in April 2015.

    Interview

    What started out with great communication turned into a surprisingly unprofessional experience. TNTP's website outlines the stages of their selection process as follows: 1) submit a resume and cover letter online; if they like that, 2) spend 2-3 days completing a written assignment; if they like that 3) participate in at least one phone interview; and finally 4) meet the team in person. Clearly this is a substantial investment of time for a working professional exploring the possibility of partnering with TNTP. Further, the position for which I was a candidate reports to company leadership: this is not a low-level job. I should think that my own professionalism would be matched by TNTP's, and that my follow-through into stage 3 would earn me something more than a form letter indicating that another candidate was preferred -- and only after I reached out to inquire about next steps a full week after a decision was promised. As was recommended to me for my own continued growth, I asked for a bit more detail on how it was determined that I was not a good fit, and that inquiry was met with silence. Approximately a week after that, I discovered that the job was still posted to TNTP's website and asked if my information would be retained by TNTP in case their first choice fell through. Again, not a word. So in the end, I came away with the thought that TNTP cares about SOUNDING like they value people, but it doesn't take much surface scratching to reveal something different. Better not to have received an offer, then, as this is definitely a red flag.

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    • TNTP's interview questions were quite standard. I did note that my interviewer was not fully able to answer my questions about them, however.   1 Answer
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at TNTP (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Cover letter (tailored to position), assignments related to the position, phone interview with hiring manager, final interview on-site. Lots of excellent communication from the hiring team. Very helpful throughout the entire process. Was always given the opportunity to ask question; was connected with others on the team, to get their perspective on what it might be like to work there. Felt very taken care of the entire time.

    Interview Questions

    • What would I do if a person who was managed by a person I was managing disagreed with the feedback his/her manager had given her? How would I approach the person I manage and how would I approach the person below him/her to encourage him/her to receive the feedback (not necessarily agree with it, though) in a productive way?   Answer Question
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at TNTP.

    Interview

    Entire process took place online/virtually. I applied online using the TNTP website, had a few interactions via email with an operations person on the East Coast. TNTP generally has applicants who have been screened complete a work project that is related to the kind of work you would be doing if hired. (It can be a little daunting, as you aren't always sure what they expect, but I do appreciate having a chance to "preview" my role and responsibilities.) Shortly after submitting my project, I received an email request to schedule a phone interview. The interview opened with the fairly standard questions about strengths, weaknesses, past experiences, etc. After the interview, there was a role play based on the work project (I'd been sent information about the role play and an agenda in advance). Then, we debriefed the role play and I was given some time to ask questions, etc.

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    • What do you anticipate your greatest area of weakness to be in taking on this position, and how do you plan to address it?   Answer Question
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    LMS Course Builder Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at TNTP in December 2014.

    Interview

    I applied online Nov 15th and received an email to complete a candidate exercise on Nov 26th. After completing the exercise, which took about 2 hours, I was invited for the first interview on December 10th. I had 2 phone interviews and a final offer on December 22nd, which I accepted. I thought the interview process was very thorough and gave me a good idea of what the day-to-day work would be like. This is a part-time remote position and the interview was all done remotely as well.

    Interview Questions

    • If you had more time to do the exercise, what else would you have done or what would you have done differently?   Answer Question
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at TNTP.

    Interview

    First Step: Phone Fit Interview (Why TNTP? Background? Experience in Education?), Second Step: Practical Exercise (Data Analysis and PowerPoint), Third Step: Phone Presentation of Exercise (Review of Data Conclusions), and Final Step: Manager Interview (Understand of goals and Team fit)

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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at TNTP.

    Interview

    Emailed with hiring personnel; had a phone conversation and never received timely feedback about potential opportunities or why I wasn't a good match. I sent several follow-up emails with additional questions and also sought other opportunities at the company but was never given more than an informational interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain the types of evaluations that can be used in this particular instance.   Answer Question
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    Executive Assistant Lead Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brooklyn, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at TNTP (Brooklyn, NY) in August 2014.

    Interview

    Very extensive interview process containing 3 different phone interviews, a lengthy written exercise/test that is submitted over a few days period, and an in-person interview involving flying to corp. office in new york. Successfully passed all stages except the last in-person meeting with the CFO and CEO. I thought these interviews were a little odd and intense. I have interviewed (successfully) with multiple CFO's and CEO's for prior positions and these were very different. The CEO went down a list asking me very standard "old school" type of HR questions such as "Explain a failure and how you handled it" and "When were you unhappiest and why?" and was typing notes in her laptop as I spoke. I'm accustomed to CEO's being more conversational and intuitive in assessing candidates. They usually speak more in sharing their vision and current priorities as well. This CEO didn't speak much at all except in the end to share the cultural challenges with me and ask if I had any questions. The meeting had a formal tone with intense scrutiny and as such, I was less at ease. The CFO meeting was slightly more relaxed, but still felt odd. It felt more like a strategic planning session, as the CFO diagrammed out on a whiteboard the departmental structure and was marking my responses on the board to questions such as what did I envision would be the core priorities for the group I would be working with and how I would go about the job basically. It was tough to be specific without knowing greater detail about the internal processes/procedures and the specific challenges involved. There were also momentary awkward pauses as she looked at me and wasn't asking questions or responding to what I what I had just said. I was rejected as I suspected I would be after those meetings. I nicely asked for feedback to learn what they were seeking that I lacked which could be very helpful in my interview process. Disappointing that after 1.5months of interviews/test, they refused to provide me any feedback for their decision citing "company policy". Not a TNTP fan.

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at TNTP in August 2014.

    Interview

    The interview process consisted of several steps. The HR associate reached out to me via email to set everything up. HR was very friendly and professional, but I got "passed off" to several different associates throughout my interview process which felt a little impersonal. The first component of the interview process was an analysis project, which older data from around 2007 was used. Two datasets were used; a survey and a larger dataset on teacher retention and movement around the district. Questions ranged from generic questions that demonstrate your ability to pull, filter, and manipulate data and do some very basic calculations to more creative and sophisticated questions that require you not only to manipulate data, but demonstrate how you did it and why you made those choices. A final component of the project required writing a one-page memo explaining analytical findings in layman's terms. Overall, the project was consistent with my day to day work but did take some considerable free time. You will be asked how long it took you to complete the analysis, so be sure to track yourself. My first phone interview reviewed the analysis. Most of the questions were methodological -- how would you analyze this, explain how you did that, and so forth. I was asked in greater detail about my research projects at work. The interviewer clearly had a quant research background and applied a heavy level of scrutiny on methodology. His questions seemed to be rapid-fire, and he didn't come off as warm. Even as a person who is used to others being skeptical of research projects, I was caught a little off-guard and my confidence in explaining projects really took a hit from this lack of warmth. I made it to a third round that consisted of phone interview two. The interviewer was the project manager for one of TNTP's school districts. She was much warmer, much friendlier, and we conversed about the challenges of communicating data to school districts and our experiences with consulting in these kinds of environments. The project manager said at the end of the interview that she would refer me on, but I later got an email stating they went with another candidate, which was a bummer. The entire process lasted a few weeks, with each interview about a week apart from one another.

    Interview Questions

    • Just expect to explain your methodological reasoning throughout the process, and don't get caught off guard if they don't seem very warm.   Answer Question
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