Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Teach for America.
Long process, very detailed online application. After you do the application, you can choose whatever deadline you want to use, but the closer deadlines give you a better chance for the region you want to teach in. I applied in the summer so any updates took over a month. My application passed to the phone interview, but I did not pass that.
- Can you give me a time in which you were given a challenging situation and how did you overcome it? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Teach for America (Washington, DC).
There were two in person interviews and one over the phone interview. I believe that it definitely was very tedious for the type of position that I was applying for to have such a rigorous interview process.
- Tell me one time you felt like you were challenged? What did you do to overcome this challenge and what was a takeaway? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Teach for America (Tulsa, OK).
Rigorous and multi-phased with elements of role-play. Teach For America assess your ability to problem-solve, how you deal in high-stress situations, and how you respond to people who don't share your views and perspectives. Overall, they're looking to see how effective an advocate you will be in the mission to end educational inequity.
- How would you respond in this situation? 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at Teach for America (South Bend, IN).
Many steps, you have to do a phone interview, a group interview then individual interview, and create a lesson plan. You speak with an alum of the program to do a phone interview. You have to read and discuss an article with other people in the group. Then you have to read situations and discuss your answers with individual.
- Why do you want to teach? Answer Question
Helpful (3)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
Extremely selective. Do not focus on teaching experiences as much as your organizational and leadership skills. During the final interview make sure you plan out all the details of your lesson. Know how much time is required for each part of your lesson including set up. They will cut you off.
- Have you ever missed a deadline. If so, why. 1 Answer
- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at Teach for America in July 2015.
It was a lengthy process involving a phone screen, a written project, and two stages of phone interviews. Interviews were a challenging mix of questions, including both standard behavioral questions (e.g. "Tell me about a time when you experienced conflict at work...") and case-style questions about how I would approach a specific project I might be asked to complete in the role. But everyone I communicated with was extremely professional, courteous, responsive, and well-organized. It was clear they were putting thought and effort into the process and committed to selecting the best candidate. Although I did not ultimately receive an offer, the hiring manager told me it was a very difficult decision, provided feedback and encouraged me to apply for similar roles with the organization in the future. I left feeling that the time and effort I had put into the process had been valued, and that I had learned quite a bit by engaging in it.
- Which of the TFA core values do you most identify with and why? 1 Answer
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Teach for America in July 2015.
The interviewer was friendly and made me feel very comfortable. She was also very open to answering any questions I had about the position. The interview lasted almost 35 minutes. I would suggest to be prepared for the interview. Even though it is only a phone screening, they are very interested to know why you are applying for this position in particular. Be prepared to explain why you are the best candidate to pick, and what you will bring to the company if you move forward in the interview process. The next part of the interview process would be to speak with the hiring staff. They would contact me within two weeks after the initial phone screening.
- General interview questions. Do I feel comfortable with the responsibilities of the position? Does this work motivate me? etc. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at Teach for America.
Rigorous. I skipped the phone interview. Teach For America wants to see that you've been a leader in your classroom. Teach For America also likes to see data and numbers to quantify the accomplishments that you've had in the leadership roles.
- How did you overcome a difficult situation? Answer Question
Helpful (5)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Teach for America (UC Berkeley, CA).
Full-day, includes group exercises, and one-on-one questions. Also, had to prepare a mini-teaching lesson. The group exercise was an activity to gauge leadership role, and team role. The mini-teaching lesson was a test to gauge ability to deliver a short succinct 10 minute lesson.
- How do you deal with conflict and challenges? Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Teach for America.
3 Phase Application Process 1. An online application- a few short answers and a couple of essays 2. Phone interview- about a 30 minute skype interview (basic questions on your interest in joining the Corps) 3. In person interview- 5-minute lesson plan, followed by group work and concluding in an interview
- What was the hardest class you took during your undergrad years? Answer Question
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