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Updated Feb 19, 2015
Updated Feb 19, 2015
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    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 Questions
    Declined Offer
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    Teacher/Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Teach for America.

    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 Questions
    • 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
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First there is a written application, next a phone interview, then an in person interview that includes a model lesson, a "group" activity, and a 1:1 interview. The written application is very straight forward--the phone call felt a little uncomfortable, because I could tell what they wanted me to say, but I stuck to my thoughts, and it worked! Don't fake it!

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do if your principal said "no" to the following ____? (Role play)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations--except I was specific about the grade I wanted to teach.
    Accepted Offer
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Application. I honestly think the most important part of the application is the essay. Read over their website extremely thoroughly and make sure you don't raise any red flags by sounding like a privileged college student who wants to come save the poor urban kids.

    Phone Interview. Pretty straight forward. The interviewer was nice. 70% of the time was spent on one bullet of my resume. Don't know if that's normal lol. They ask questions about how your experiences relate to what you'd be doing in the classroom.

    In-Person Interview
    Some of the questions were repeats of questions I'd been asked on the phone. They also asked a few questions about the online video. They asked how do I keep organized/manage my time, we talked about my resume some more. There was a role playing portion where the interviewer acted as a school administrator and I was a teacher requesting something.

    Group Activity
    In my group this was excruciating. There were a number of douches that actively tried to monopolize all of the talking time. Getting in a word was difficult. It definitely felt like a competition lol. I would say try to make 4 or 5 good points, but don't be the main person talking.

    Lesson Plan
    THE SIMPLER THE BETTER when it comes to your lesson. And don't procrastinate on it! It will take a lot longer than you think. I would say don't start it less than 5 days in advance. Present it at least 5 times to friends, timed. That's where I messed up *tear* lol

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you missed an assignment/deadline.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The interview consists of an online application, a phone screen, and then an in-person interview where you teach a 5 minute sample lesson.

    Interview Questions
    • The teaching of the sample lesson was the thing that threw most people off - be prepared!   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None
    Accepted Offer
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    Applied online at the last possible day. Got a phone interview. Invited for the final interview but declined

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Core Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    There are 4 application rounds per year starting in the fall. The application is thorough and requires a personal statement. A phone interview follows and if you are invited for the onsite interview then you will be required to do a sample 5min teaching lesson and 1 or 2 face-to-face interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • Would there be any reason for you to leave the core/teaching profession during your 2 year commitment?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Applied through the standard online process. Was required to submit an extensive work/academic history, answer questions about desire to join TFA/teaching philosophy, etc. Made it to next round, had to watch videos online of teaching scenarios and respond to questions about videos. Was given a phone interview which lasted ~30 minutes, covering basic behavioral topics (challenging experiences in group, why interested in TFA, etc.). Was rejected at this point in the process.

    Interview Questions
    • Video scenario responses were quite open-ended and therefore challenging.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    It's a long and detailed interview process with a lot of what appears to be unnecessary paperwork (like manually entering all classes into the online system). I found the final interview round most challenging. I recommend meeting with TFA alumni to prepare for the final interview, like the mock teaching exercise.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Teach for America Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    The entire TFA application process is long and drawn out, but understandably so because they want to make sure you are truly a good fit for the corps. I was offered a final interview without a phone interview. The final interview was slightly nerve wracking--I was most concerned about the sample lesson, but that ended up being the easiest portion of the day. The two interviewers and other applicants were very enthusiastic about participating in the lesson. Much of the interview felt conversational, which was a nice surprise. During the group activity, they want to see that you are engaged and have ideas to contribute, so be vocal.

    Interview Questions
    • I was slightly taken aback by the role play scenario during the individual interview. In the situation, I was a teacher who wanted to take my children on a field trip but the assistant principal constantly denied the request; I was asked how I would handle this situation.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Two-year commitment was not fitting for my situation.

    Declined Offer

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