I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at TNTP.
Interview Details – I applied online for the role and overall, everyone was helpful and friendly. I really liked the hiring manager I interacted with - she seemed very sincere about her alignment with the mission of TNTP. The interview questions were quite standard (nothing surprising) and I did go through a number of "gates." I had a phone screen, an interview where we discussed my assignment and I received some feedback on it (though nothing detailed - I just got the sense they were impressed with it), an in person interview and then another phone interview. The thing that I think makes no sense at TNTP is the assignment... I'd rather do an assignment during an interview day (where all applicants get the same amount of time to spend on the work) or some other work product that provides a sense of the quality of an applicant's work (with more controlled boundaries time-wise). The problem I had was that even though you were given a sense of how long to spend on the assignment, you did not know what your competition was doing. So I felt like I had to spend a lot of time on it.
I get why TNTP does the assignment, but it's a huge time sink and I know it's not necessary. There are other ways to get to the same result. I've worked for "elite" employers with super smart people, and we were not given lengthy assignments pre-employment.
I think the assignment is totally not necessary - TNTP can improve how they screen applicants to better respect an applicant's time.
Interview Question – There really weren't any difficult questions. But definitely be prepared to explain your work history and career choices. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – To be so picky, their salaries are quite low. I knew the salary posted when I applied, but I had been told that sometimes salaries are negotiable - and they were, but not to the point where it was enough for me. To be fair, they really did try to offer me more (and they did). I appreciated the effort. I was unemployed when I got their offer, and frankly, the salary offer was so low, that I decided to remain unemployed and take a risk at some other opportunities I had in the pipeline. And it worked out much better for me that way.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at TNTP.
Interview Details – Initially, I was VERY excited about working for this company. However, the interview process is discouraging to say the least. I applied for the position and was emailed the very same day to complete a "hiring exercise". The exercise was ambiguous, but I figured it out rather quickly. While the company website says it takes 4 hours to complete, it took me FOUR DAYS. I as willing to take on this task as the the position was EXACTLY what I was looking for. I submitted my exercise and received an email the following day saying that it was received and I would hear back from someone shortly. Five days later at 10pm I get an email saying that my file had been handed over to another TNTP employee and I would be contacted at the end of the week. Friday at 6pm I receive an email saying that I would not be moving on in the hiring process. I urge all applicants to go into the TNTP hiring process aware of the company's protocol. I honestly found the exercise fruitless and discouraging. Such poor hiring practices for a company doing meaningful work in the community. It's truly sad to see such a great company overshadowed by their poor interview process.
Interview Question – Data Dashboard Answer Question
The process took 3 days - interviewed at TNTP in April 2012.
Interview Details – I was contacted by someone from HR inviting me to complete a written assignment that would mimic the conditions of the job I was applying for. I was given about 3 days to complete the assignment and told to make 'assumptions' while completing it. The assignment was fairly labor-intensive, and did require me to make a lot of assumptions about background and project goals. From my end I felt as though I had the skills to complete the assignment, but didn't have enough background to make truly informed decisions while completing the task, so I was not surprised when they did not invite me for an interview. Given the amount of time required for the assignment, it was disappointing that they offered no feedback whatsoever. I really wish they had completed a phone screening first so that I could have learned more about the position and what they were looking for before investing all of that time into their hiring process.
Interview Question – Written assignment based on the position you are applying for. Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at TNTP in January 2011.
Interview Details – The interview consisted of multiple phone interviews and one day in the headquarters where I interviewed with several directors and other members of the team. I also completed a project after my initial application which took approximately 4 hours.
Interview Question – What motivates you to work at TNTP? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Overall the money did not seem to match he hours that I was warned I would be working.
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at TNTP in October 2011.
Interview Details – Let me state first that the only communication I had with the company was through e-mail. I checked the company's open positions and clicked on several that indicated "flexible location," which all seemed to be on a rolling basis, meaning that there is no specific position open that the company is seeking to fill at that time. Applying for the position required completing a written exercise that required Internet research - a lot of it. One requirement was to include footnotes showing sources. The estimated timeframe was four hours, but as other reviewers noted, it involved far more than four hours. Why? Because information was not available at the website that the HR person indicated, so I couldn't even use that as a starting point. Also, one of two questions asked in the exercise couldn't be answered as asked; if the company already had current information, they should have known that. After sending my response, I was notified within two days that they had found a more experienced applicant. Since it's a rolling position - still advertised - it seems interesting that within the same short timeframe, they supposedly found someone else. A little background: I have a graduate degree and graduated near the top or at the top of my class (other students told me this, as the univ. didn't officially rank graduates). The degree consisted of heavy research and writing. For the last five years, my job has required considerable research/writing into some very technical topics. My main hobby is writing, which involves almost daily research into a wide range of topics.
To summarize: The company is legitimate, but I can't help but feel that I spent my own very valuable time doing free research for the company's use. If the company already has current research in the topic they ask applicants to research, they should come forward and guarantee in their hiring process that they already have that information. I was wary of the "exercise" from the start, as were my friends, whom I couldn't join for part of the weekend because of the exercise. I'm sure some people do receive job offers from this process, but the question is whether the process is also used to assist the company by researching information for them.
Interview Question – Asking me to do research on a subject in a state of flux and pointing me to a website that didn't have the information available, leaving me to believe the company did not have current information about the topic. View Answer
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at TNTP in January 2011.
Interview Details – A couple days after applying for the position online, I was invited to complete a project that mirrored the tasks and skills that the job would require on a daily basis. I spent several hours on the project, which required some reading, writing, and research, and submitted it for review.
Within a day or two, I was invited to a phone interview with the hiring manager to discuss the project and my interest in the position. The hiring manager was friendly and professional, and eager to answer any questions I had about the position, the team, and the organization at large.
A few days later, I was invited to a second interview with the VP of the Communications Team. Likewise, he was friendly and professional, and eager to answer questions. He was also curious about my interest in my position, and my long term career goals.
Shortly after, I was invited to an in-person interview at the New York office. Without exception, everyone I met in the office was warm and welcoming. I completed a timed writing exercise, and joined the hiring manager for a very enjoyable lunch nearby where we conversed informally about communications strategies and education reform issues.
I was thrilled to receive an offer by the end of the week. It was a rigorous process from start to finish, but the staff was always timely, professional, and friendly. In retrospect, the extensive interview process was excellent preparation for the challenging work that I do every day.
Interview Question – What are your long-term career goals? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at TNTP in December 2010.
Interview Details – My interview and hiring experience with TNTP was extremely professional. A very helpful representative from the Human Capital team was my primary point of contact. This representative directed me through a brief interview project, which mirrored job responsibilities and everyday work of the position. After that, I conducted a brief phone interview with a Site Manager, and then about 1 week later I was invited to interview with the Site Manager for my position. The final step in the process included a phone interview with a Partner. In less than 10 days, I received an offer. The entire process was professional and the Human Capital representative was very responsive to my questions. Anyone applying to TNTP should note that the interview process might feel lengthy and disconnected, but this is simply a by-product of an organization that works remotely at sites all across the country. This is easily the most organized, productive and intelligent organization I have ever worked for.
Interview Question – Describe your work planning system and the systems that guide your time management. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was not in a position where I felt extensive negotiations were warranted, but from experience, I can say that TNTP is certainly willing to negotiate for moving expenses, etc.
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at TNTP in April 2011.
Interview Details – I initially applied for a position on TNTP's central team. After initially submitting a resume and a cover letter, I was contacted to complete an initial hiring project. After I completed my project, I was notified that the position that I had applied for had been filled; however, the TNTP hiring team suggested a few other pools that they would like to put me in. After I agreed to transfer to the Site Manager pool, realizing that the position might be a good fit for me, I had a phone interview with my ultimate manager. After that hour-long phone interview, another phone interview was scheduled with the Vice President of the Teaching Fellows Programs. After that, I attended an in-person interview with two of the partners in the training & certification business lines.
Ultimately, I was offered the position - and would say that each of the interviews was pleasant while still being rigorous. I enjoyed the chance to speak with all of the people in TNTP with whom I spoke, as it gave me insight into the organization and whether or not I would ultimately want to work here.
Interview Question – I was asked questions initially about how I tended to keep myself organized and how I would manage all of the work that I would have in this new position. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at TNTP in December 2010.
Interview Details – 2 phone interviews. One with the expected supervisor and one with someone who was already doing the job. Expect behavior scenario based questions and lots of them. Ex: What would you do if someone on your team felt like you weren't communicating with them?
How would you handle x
Interview Question – How would you communicate with a team that didn't meet frequently, and what type of communication would you have? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at TNTP in March 2011.
Interview Details – The process is very much similar.I too completed the hiring process exercise doing (the exercise was really a lot of work, and I was really confident to get an interview call). And so I got interview call, my interview went great. Then I was called for 1:1 interview. It was also good. But they finally said NO. I somehow felt that they are not seriously look to hire a person. It seems as if they are interviewing people just for a sake of interview...under some contract. They do not intent to hire. Please Please do not waste your time if you have some other important thing.
Don't loose other options just because you need to complete the exercise or attend TNTP interview.
Interview Question – All questions were behavioral Answer Question
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