Getting an Interview
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I applied online. I interviewed at Teach for America (Cleveland, OH) in August 2014.
There is a lengthy process here. Which is good, they are very thorough and it is scheduled out for you before it even occurrs. You submit a resume and lengthy application. Then they let you know via E-mail if you will be set up for a phone interview. If you make it this far, you are allowed to pick the time of your phone interview. If you pass this they let you know via E-mail and you must have multiple references fill out something on their website about you and you set up an interview at one of the locations they pick.
- "What was the most diffcult situation you faced, how did you handle it, and how did this help you to grow?" Answer Question
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I applied online. I interviewed at Teach for America in August 2014.
Applied online and was contacted the next day. Scheduled a phone interview which lasted about 25 minutes. The interview was pretty bland and didn't leave me with a good opinion of the company or a desire for the position. I lost interest as the interview went on, which I'm sure the interviewer picked up on.
- Standard, unoriginal questions Answer Question
- No OfferEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Teach for America in August 2014.
The interview was a very long process. You start with a call from a HR representative that is scoping out your resume and gaining information about your resume. Then, you go to 1st round phone interview with the specific job you are applying for. Next, 2nd round phone interview plus an emailed assignment. Lastly, you go into an in-house recruiting interview.
- Biggest area for growth Answer Question
- No Offer
I first filled out the online application and met with a recruiter from my school. Then I had a phone interview, which was very nice. I did some online tests and then was offered a final in-person interview, which lasted all day.
- The sample teaching lesson was the most difficult for me because the outlines were very vague. Answer Question
- No Offer
30 min phone interview intially - fairly standard questions, next step was half day in person interview where you had to present a practice 5 minute lesson plan, and participate in a group discussion observed by interviewers, and then a one on one interview with a teach for america staff member
- nothing too difficult or unexpected Answer Question
- No OfferNegative Experience
I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Teach for America (Nashville, TN) in May 2014.
The interview process can be broken into four rounds: a written application, a phone interview, online aptitude tests, and an in-person, group and personal interview. The written application is quite extensive, but not too difficult. The phone interview is designed to make sure intentions are genuine for the application, and not everyone completes it. The online and aptitude tests are also not difficult, but they can take up to two hours each. The in-person interview is extremely nerve-wracking, because you must present a 5-minute lesson and answer some difficult scenario questions. The atmosphere is not awful, though, because other interviewees in the group are not competing for the same spot as you are - so everyone supports one another.
- Scenario (summarized): You plan to take your students to a play, but the principal opposes allowing the budget to be used for students to miss school. What do you do? 1 Answer
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I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Teach for America.
Online application, followed by phone interview. They just asked about items that were on my resume, as well as some behavioral questions. Finally did a group assessment, followed by a one one with role play.
- There weren't any surprise question, plus you were given a lot of time to prepare for the role play. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Teach for America.
You have to apply online through the TFA website. The application consists of leadership/work experience and some essay questions. Then, after the deadline period ends, you'll hear within about 2 weeks whether or not you have been invited to participate in a phone interview. The phone interview takes about 30 minutes and the interviewer asks you to expand on some of your initial application, then asks you some questions related to your leadership experience, organizational skills, and why you want to join TFA. After another week or so, you may be invited to the final interview stage, where you will present a 5-minute lesson plan, participate in a group activity, and an individual interview. It's a fairly relaxed interview setting, and the process isn't competitive in the sense that only a select number of people in your group can get the job. If they think you are qualified, you will get hired. Be sure to use the STAR method for answering their questions; that's what they recommend.
- No OfferAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY) in April 2014.
One phone interview, and in called into final interview. Process included 5 minute lesson plan, group activity, and personal interview.
- Questions were straight forward Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY) in April 2014.
The recruiter reached out via email after receiving an employee referral. After a general phone conversation, the candidate was invited to formally apply for the position online. The next step in the process was a set of performance tasks which were designed to be completed and submitted by email. There was a prompt response back upon receipt of materials promising to be in touch within a week to discuss next steps and schedule a formal interview for those moving forward. No follow up occurred. Several months later, candidates received an email survey asking them to evaluate the interview experience. At that point, a follow up email generated a quick reply that the organization was moving in a different direction with regard to the spec for the role.
- The interviewer requested that applicants complete a lengthy set of exercises to gauge candidate fit for the position. Answer Question
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