Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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- No Offer
The hiring process is pretty straightforward. First a phone interview, where they try to get an idea of who you are, why you're interested, and what you've done so far. Then, after a few online assignments, a group interview. Mine was on WebEx because I was unable to be on site on the scheduled group interview days. This includes a lesson plan and some role play.
- Why TFA? Answer Question
- No Offer
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Teach for America.
Started with an application then proceeded to a phone interview followed by the final in person interview.
- Sample teaching plan Answer Question
Helpful (1)No Offer
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
- Tell me about a time you missed an assignment/deadline. Answer Question
- No Offer
I applied online. I interviewed at Teach for America.
Applied online at the last possible day. Got a phone interview. Invited for the final interview but declined
- Describe a situation where you have had to compromise Answer Question
- Declined Offer
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Teach for America.
Long process...application with intent letter, then online activity, phone interview, final interview with sample lesson etc.
- Difficult questions when it came to the role playing activity Answer Question
Helpful (1)No Offer
You start off with an initial interview, and then most people get phone interviews as well. The phone interview lasts 30 minutes, and was pretty relaxed for me since it was with a former corps member and she was outgoing and very nice. The downside to the process is that the turnover time between the phone interview, being informed if you made it to the next round, and obtaining recommendations is very short. I had to ask for recommendations before I even knew if I made it to the final interview stage (which I didn't).
- When was a time you had to work with someone and had a difficult time? Answer Question
- Accepted Offer
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Teach for America.
The interview process is long and involved. Overall, there is nothing that is too difficult. The first part is a very simple online application, which involves submitting a resume and letter of intent. After that, there is a phone interview and you are required to fill out additional online forms. Next, there is a full day interview where you teach a sample lesson, discuss a topic in a group, and then have a one on one interview.
- They asked me about different types of challenges I have faced - personal, academic etc. Answer Question
- Accepted Offer
I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Teach for America.
I had 3 rounds - a written, phone, and in-person interview. It may be 2 now, not sure about that. I forget the specific questions, but just really understand what you are applying for. You have to show a strong commitment and that means things like talking to alumni and corps members, visiting schools, reading TFA blogs, learning about the education situation in the US, etc. If you can not put in that effort before the interview, there is no way you will survive the job. Beyond this, most of the interview is behavioral - be able to talk about your experiences well. The questions were fairly standard, but just be prepared as it is difficult to think about anecdotes/examples on the spot. The biggest difference between TFA interviews and most other places Ivy League kids apply to is that for TFA, you need to show that you really care about this issue and that you're a nice, humble person. You can survive a top consulting firm or I-bank being a jerk if you have strong analytic ability - but with TFA, no amount of smarts will help you if you can't get rid of your ego. Finally, I'd recommend not trying to be someone you're not. If you need to put a persona to get into TFA, you're not fit for the experience and you're not going to like it. You can BS and tolerate your way through a corporate job to get to the next step in your career - but don't take that approach to TFA. TFA is an extremely tough but rewarding experience that requires an incredible amount of commitment to the cause.
- Behavioral questions - forget the specifics Answer Question
No negotiation - you are paid by your school district.
Helpful (1)Declined Offer
Skipped phone interview. Taught a lesson on public speaking then interviewed about answers to a case study involving a principal who didn't want to implement some program.
- Not difficult but be prepared to answer in a lot of detail how you keep organized Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
The college where I was supposed to get license was wayyyyyy to expensive and I read a lot I mean a lot of bad reviews of teach for america that soured my acceptance. Even school board meetings where teachers shunned TFA.
Helpful (1)Accepted Offer
The process was relaxed, friendly. The interviewers were very kind and at no time did I feel uncomfortable or unprepared for what would come next. The interviewers did a good job of letting us know from the second we arrived how the schedule for the day would play out. The personal interview was long but enjoyable.
- None were difficult; the group-teaching activity was tough though. Practicing with a group of people beforehand vs. individually is a good tactic for not going over time the day of. Answer Question
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