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No Offer – Interviewed in Washington, DC – Reviewed May 22, 2013 New
Interview Details – Fill out the online application. You will then receive an email to schedule further information out online. They will email you throughout the process, but not for every deadline. so make sure you check your online work space [interview central page]. There are typically 3-4 interviews [including the final interview]. The final interview includes different sessions that are group based, 1:1, also you will have to teach a lesson.
Interview Question – What is your biggest weakness and how do you plan to improve it? The questions were not very hard, but show you are prepared. Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Detroit, MI Jan 2012 – Reviewed May 21, 2013 New
Interview Details – I applied online and then it was later followed up with a phone interview. It was a pretty basic phone interview. After a long period of waiting (goes for each step of the process), I found out I was asked to attend an in-person interview. The in-person interview had two TFA members and several other students like myself who were applicants. We had to complete several group activities, teach a lesson plan, and do one-on-one interviews with the two TFA members. The in-person interview day lasted nearly all day. It was pretty obvious from the start the few applicants they were interested in as opposed to those they weren't. I hadn't had enough of a diverse background to make a big enough difference for children apparently.
Interview Question – While you're teaching your lesson, the TFA members will interrupt and be difficult to throw you off your guard. Be prepared for that. Answer Question
No Offer – Reviewed May 17, 2013 New
Interview Details – For a regional position: Cover letter and resume resulted in a 30-minute telephone screen to determine overall fit with the organization's mission. The second round was an hour long telephone interview with the hiring manager (and person who the position would report to). I do not know if there was a third round of interviews or not.
Interview Question – I don't know if there was anything outrageous. Fit and alignment with the mission is very important. The rest was domain expertise; outreach skills, developing partnerships, working with people, etc. Answer Question
No Offer – Reviewed May 12, 2013 New
Interview Details – There are three steps to the application process. 1.) An Application 2.) A phone Interview 3.) A day long final interview. They are very selective in their practices and they do not give you feedback so I am still unaware of what I did wrong during the final interview
Interview Question – Under what circumstance would you leave the corps? Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Nov 2011 – Reviewed May 9, 2013
Interview Details – There were 3 stages to the interview -- online application (essay), phone conversation, and in-person interview. The first stage was very similar to a graduate school application, complete with short answer questions, an essay, transcripts, and multiple recommendations. The phone conversation was a 30-minute barrage of questions. The in-person interview required candidates to do a mock lesson and interview in-person.
Interview Question – Most questions were very routine, and inquired about your past experiences. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation!
No Offer – Reviewed May 2, 2013
Interview Details –
1) There's an application process in which you have to fill out a lot of information about you first, and also includes a letter of intent and a resume that you have to fill and upload.
2) Then there's the phone interview. Which does ask you some personal questions about your interests and know more about you as a person. There's also an online activity to assess your "sound judgment" and "analytical skills".
3) Then there's the full day interview. It's not necessarily a full-day, but there's only about two interviewers on the site. You teach a lesson plan in the morning, followed by a personal interview in the afternoon. If you happen to get the last time slot from 4:20-ish to 5:00, then you pretty much stay the full day there.
Interview Question – At some point during the personal interview, they will ask about your responses from the online activity. Access to the activity was limited, so better be prepared to remember/take note of your responses!! Answer Question
No Offer – Reviewed Apr 26, 2013
Interview Details –
First I submitted my resume and cover letter through their online site. I was contacted 5 days later, though an email which indicated they would like to set up a phone interview. I scheduled the interview though their scheduling link, which the email provided and there was no human contact involved.
All the times are scheduled in Central time and were early in the morning. I am in California which means I am two hours behind them, so an 8:30 a.m. appointment was 6:30 a.m. my time. There was no phone number or contact information to discuss this and arrange for a more mutually agreeable time.
The time lag between setting the appointment and the interview gave me the opportunity to do "allot" of research on the company, people, inner workings, and pro's and con's. Most of which was very positive.
The person who spoke with called exactly on time, was pleasant, organized and professional. It was also fairly obvious that this person had not reviewed my resume and cover letter until just then, up to this point my background had been scanned by software, focusing on key words and phrases.
The interview lasted exactly 30 minutes and focused specifically on behavioral issues. They were very clear in the beginning that 'this' interview would not be about specific job functions, and was more of a personality screening.
My over all impression of the organization is positive, so far. I was told I would hear back within two weeks with a decision if they would like to talk further (I assumed by email) or not. It has been a week now and I am looking forward to their decision, which I hope is to move forward.
I will write more as (if) the interview process continues.
Interview Question –
None of the question were difficult or unexpected, although I have many years of work experience and am comfortable with this process.
They were screening for personality, passion, energy, experience, and if there is a cultural fit within the organization, which is understandable. Just be yourself and trust in their judgement to know the 'type' of person they are looking for. Speaking for experience, it does make for a productive and pleasant team environment. Answer Question
Declined Offer – Reviewed Apr 26, 2013
Interview Details – Lengthy initial online application, phone interview, then full-day interview. Make sure that you know their core values and what they are about as an organization. They are very data-driven and want to know specific examples of your leadership showcased through particular situations.
Interview Question – Have you ever missed a deadline? Why? Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Detroit, MI Apr 2013 – Reviewed Apr 24, 2013
Interview Details – One initial phone interview followed by a skills exercise, where they ask you to create a project plan, and a final in-person interview. Really nice environment and people, interview wasn't hard as long as you show your passion for TFA and their mission. Lots of behavioral questions.
Interview Question – One of TFA's core values is Team, can you please tell us how you work in a team? What is one thing the time you work with likes about you and what is one thing that could be improved? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation allowed.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Portland, OR Mar 2010 – Reviewed Apr 22, 2013
Interview Details –
The selection process changes on a year-to-year basis but tends to follow the same framework of 1) Initial application/letter of intent/minimum qualification check, 2) Secondary Phone Screening (usually with a TFA Alum), 3) An in-person selection day (With a TFA staff member). The in-person interview day is usually 3-5 hours and was composed of a brief sample lesson, group working observation session, a 1:1 interview and a brief written situational response test.
TFA is a teacher-leadership program and it is important to demonstrate leadership ability rather than just knowledge of educational theory or interest in social justice.
Negotiation Details – No negotiation phase. You are placed in your region, subject and school with little to no say. That is part of the commitment that some CM's are not prepared for.
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