Teach For India Interview Questions

Updated Jun 20, 2015
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    Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer

    Interview

    Submission of application followed by a phone interview- mostly behavioral followed by a assessment session- includes a 5 min teaching sample, interview and 2 role-plays as well as a problem solving test.

    Interview Questions

    • How will you deal with a class that is succeeding differentially.   Answer Question
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    Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Teach For India (New York, NY) in February 2011.

    Interview

    The assesment day consisted of two parts- a short lesson of 5 minutes and a final 1:1 interview of 40 minutes.

    The 5 minutes lesson went well and when I went for the interview there was only one interviewer. She was asking me questions and also typing herself in her laptop which was little uncomfortable to me as I wasn't sure if she was listening me properly.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe yourself?   1 Answer
    • A hypotetical situation: you are a teacher in a school teaching 3rd graders and your principal hasn't hired an english teacher even when he promised that he would soon. how would you convinve him?   1 Answer
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    Research Coordinator () Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hyderābād (India)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Teach For India (Hyderābād (India)) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Interview Process-
    1) Resume selection- Candidates are filtered based on their resume.
    2) Shortlisting of candidates- Shortlisted candidates are intimidated through e-mail.
    3)Telephonic Interview/Personal Interview- A personal Interview/Telephonic Interview is conducted for the final selection.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work with TFI?   Answer Question
    • What are the challenges which you'll face during the course of internship?   Answer Question
    • Imagine you are the teacher, you are conducting an English test for a class of students. There are 5 students in the same class not willing to take the test. how will you convince them?   Answer Question
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    Fellow, Teach for India Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pune (India)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Teach For India (Pune (India)).

    Interview

    1.You have to submit essays regarding education system in India and how you can contribute.
    2.Then there's aptitude test .
    3 . If selected you will be called for assessment centre.
    4. There you have taeching demo, GD and critical reasoning.
    5. If you cleared 4 you will be asked to stay for personal interview.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No. It is moral commitment to do something for unprivileged.

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    Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād (India)
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Teach For India (Hyderābād (India)) in March 2015.

    Interview

    The selection process consists of four stages:
    1. Filling an online application form. You are asked for an extensive resume highlighting your leadership skills, a few questions about your most challenging moment, strengths, weaknesses etc., and a couple of essays about education and Teach for India.
    2. Online aptitude test.
    3. Once your application is selected, there is a phone interview (of half an hour duration).
    4. If you are through, you are invited to the assessment centre for day-long procedures:
    a) Sample teaching activity
    b) Group discussion
    c) Written aptitude test
    d) Post the midday assessment, if you are selected, you appear for the personal interview.

    Interview Questions

    • 1. In the online application, you are asked for an extensive resume highlighting your leadership skills, a few questions about your most challenging moment, strengths, weaknesses etc., and a couple of essays about education and Teach for India.
      2. In the online test, there are two sections - One of english grammar and comprehension and another on logical reasoning and mathematical aptitude. Pretty basic stuff but watch the time.
      3. In the phone interview, you are basically questioned in detail about your resume and your answers in the online application form.
      4. In the assessment centre activities,
      a) Sample teaching plan: You are informed of four options for the sample teaching activity upfront and you can pick one of them. Ex: Mathematics for Grade 2, Science for Grade 4 etc.
      b) Group discussion: Pretty basic. We were asked to act as fellows and arrive at a proposal on how to spend our funds.
      c) Written aptitude test: Similar to the online test earlier but no english questions. Mostly teaching related passages and reasoning / DI questions based on the passages.
      d) Personal interview: Bunch of behavioural + resume questions, couple of short role playing situations.
       
      Answer Question
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    Fellow, Teach for India Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Teach For India (Bangalore (India)) in March 2015.

    Interview

    its interactive and awesome experiance.i got to meet a lot of crazy people. The interviewers all are alumni of the fellowship program and they described the whole process after the selection which they had gone through. Awesome people, great environment, i feel unfortunate not to work there.

    Interview Questions

    • everything's about yourself and how would you help to develop tfi.   1 Answer
  8.  

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Teach For India.

    Interview

    The interview process consists of 4 steps.
    1. The online form which consists of personal details, experiences and three essays.
    2. After submitting the application form, I had to take an online amcat aptitude test which lasted for an hour or so. It consisted of verbal,logical and a couple of basic math numericals. It was pretty easy and there was more than enough allotted time.
    3. Some applicants may have to go through a telephonic interview if the interviewer did not gather enough information about them from the application form and essays.
    4. Clearing the above three rounds, the candidates are invited to an Assessment center which lasts an entire day. Teach for india gives you the liberty of choosing the day to book your slot from the allotted set of interview dates. The AC interview consists of a sample teaching session, group discussion/ case study, logical problem solving ability and a personal interview.

    Interview Questions

    • 1. What are your weaknesses and what are you doing to overcome them   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New Delhi (India)
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Teach For India (New Delhi (India)).

    Interview

    i first filled out the online application (a google doc)
    this was followed by telephonic interview, which lasted for about five minutes.
    finally i was called for group interview at the TFI office where they were interviewing people together in groups of 4-5 people.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions were fairly easy and basic. One situation based question was given.   Answer Question
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    Fellow, Teach for India Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Pune (India)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Teach For India (Pune (India)) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Online test which comprised questions from QA,LR,DI and English. After that an online application from in which personal details had to be filled in. Also a couple of essays on topics such as " What is your idea of excellent education ?". Some questions such as "the most challenging thing you have done" , " tell us about an incident in which you displayed your leadership abilities/ took initiative" .
    After this there is a day long assessment center which consists of:
    1. 5 min. teaching demo
    2. Case study based GD
    3. Critical reasoning + DI
    Short-listing is done after these three processes.
    Personal interview of around 1 hour duration. Mostly questions like
    "why did you choose to work with TFI?"
    "how did you find the process which you went through in morning session?"
    "what were the challenges you faced during preparing for the teaching demo?"
    "give an example of a task for which you had to do a lot of planning and how did you go about doing that"
    "give an example of a goal that you set for yourself and were able to achieve it/ how did you work towards achieving that goal?"
    couple of role playing situations in which the interview assumes the role of a parent of one of the students. you need to convince the parent to help in volunteering or convince him to send his child for after school classes for performing arts or sports activities.
    Overall process is very enriching. During the morning session they show you a presentation about the education inequality in India. The facts presented are simply mind boggling. The statistics about the drop out percentages, the infrastructure challenges etc.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing difficult or unexpected if you are aware about the role-playing. They mostly want to be sure about your commitment to the program.   1 Answer
  11. Helpful (1)  

    Fellow 2015-17 Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Teach For India in October 2014.

    Interview

    It starts with filling up an online application form where you've to answer 3-4 questions as descriptively as possible. Then if your application gets selected, you go through a phone interview(or not).The call can last up to half an hour and you're asked about your application and some questions based on your leadership roles, challenges faced, HR, etc. If you qualify this round, you're called to the Assessment Center (AC). You get to choose the location and date. Here you have to:
    -> give a sample lesson plan of 5 mins
    -> be a part of group case study based on some school-related issue
    -> give a critical thinking ability test of 20 mins, based on a few statistical data
    The combined result of these three is considered for elimination. In case you qualify it, you go for a PI, which can last for more than an hour. Questions based on your application, motivation, leadership roles, belief in the movement, basic HR, time management, etc are asked. A small role play is also done in this round, where you have to convince someone for a favor/ work; it's always school-related.
    The whole process is very detailed yet simple, you just have to be yourself. Keep calm throughout the process, be spontaneous and you'll be fine. All the best.

    Interview Questions

    • Critical thinking test can be a bit difficult. You have to be as fast and accurate as possible, this round is tricky. Also, role plays in the last round are unexpected but it isn't difficult, if you have good convincing skills.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Fixed stipend. No negotiation for fellows.

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