TakeLessons Interview Questions

Updated Jun 2, 2015
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at TakeLessons.

    Interview

    Fill out an online form - have two phone interviews, pass a background check. Easy (although not really thorough). The whole interview questions were pretty standard for teaching, but there was no talk of having to submit a video of you teaching or an inperson demonstration. I have been teaching for 10+ years and found it odd that a telemarketing company based in San Diego wouldnt require any sort of quality control when it comes to the ability of instructors.

    Interview Questions

    • Having to pay for your own background check. They are also really big on wanting your financial info before agreeing to a salary   Answer Question

    Negotiation

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    Instructor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at TakeLessons (Fort Lauderdale, FL) in October 2011.

    Interview

    It's a joke. It's basically just the purchase of their fake "certification" package. They didn't know me or anything about me and they just read what is on their computer monitor. I know someone who got their cat "certified" by them. It's a well know joke about them. I also know a local "instructor" who uses various aliases who can ONLY get students through Takelessons and he is on predatorwatch.com

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing. They didn't ask anything except how to pay for the package.   1 Answer
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    Piano Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at TakeLessons in May 2010.

    Interview

    My interviews were via phone, and there were two rounds. I was asked about my education and experience. Music questions were asked. Teaching philosophy questions were asked. I felt it was a pretty tough interview. I got the impression that they were very careful to hire only professional music teachers. I have a degree from a well known music conservatory, and I think it gave me an edge.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked about the books, methods, and repertoire I use to teach. It's tough to list all that stuff! I was glad I had prepared for that question and didn't stumble when asked.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    At TakeLessons.com, we instructors choose our own pay. Obviously if we choose a pay that's too high, we won't get any referrals. If we choose a pay that is too low, we get too many students for too little money. I charge $60/hour for piano lessons. The students I receive are very serious about their studies.

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    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at TakeLessons.

    Interview

    Extensive questionnaire online. Follow up emails. Unprofessional attitudes from recruiter, lack of respect, addressing candidates on a first name basis. Run by young cocky 20's/30's kids. Sends emails immediately to references asking them to also fill out an equally extensive questionnaire about you: the applicant.

    Interview Questions

    • No difficult or unexpected questions. Standard questions for teaching private music lessons.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Outrageously low rate of pay for education and experience. Basically, they are taking almost half of the fee they collect for doing very little as a middleman. Unprofessional behaviour from their personnel.

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    Guitar Instructor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 daysinterviewed at TakeLessons in January 2011.

    Interview

    TakeLessons.com constantly posts openings for music instructors, on Craigslist. I applied with everything they had asked for: a sketch of your curriculum, books/materials you use, how you might handle this or that situation. I honestly can't remember if there was a personality test involved. References sent. Agree to a background check.

    Anyway, about a week after I applied I got an email from someone. Mostly just to confirm who I was. Then the next day was a phone interview, partially to confirm that they are talking to the right person. How you teach: philosophy, experience, etc. Blah blah blah.

    I was hired the day after. It seems like they will hire just about any musician interested in teaching who has passed a background check.

    Interview Questions

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    Customer Support Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at TakeLessons in July 2010.

    Interview

    First you'll do a phone interview with the hiring manager. They will ask you if you're still looking. WHY you're still looking. Why are you appyling to TL.
    In person interview consists of 2 sets of 2 interviewers. The first will ask you about your work history and skill set. the second will ask you about your personality, interests. The interview is where they pour the first cup of Kool-Aid. Be very energetic, profess your life long love of music,and nod a lot and smile when they discuss their culture. They eat this up.

    Interview Questions

    • Have you ever been asked to take on added responsibility?   Answer Question
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    Guitar Instructor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at TakeLessons in July 2010.

    Interview

    First you apply online. Then you they send e-mails to your references who have 3 days to fill them out and return then (really dumb idea because it takes people 3 days to even get to them or figure them out). Then they decide whether to interview you. Then they decide whether they want to offer you a position. Then there is orientation and they throw you straight into the fire.

    Interview Questions

    • They ask a lot about experience in specific teaching positions and ask about what you would do in situations. Your strengths and weaknesses, etc...   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    About half way through my employment they wanted to cut my pay and I was able to negotiate a small raise out of them

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