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Teach for America Corp Member Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and the process took 8 weeks - interviewed at Teach for America.
Interview Details – Online Application, Phone Interview, Final Interview
Interview Question – Have you ever missed a deadline? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – N/A
Operations Coordinator Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Teach for America in November 2011.
Interview Details – Very long interview process. Questions specifically targeting organization/prioritization/project management skills. Interview probes for as specific of answers as possible that reveal a true thought process and detailed steps within your answer.
Interview Question – Many questions regarding a challenge you faced and how you prioritized, asked in many different ways - be prepared with multiple examples of how you have faced challenging workloads, communication issues, relationship issues, organizational challenges, etc. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiations b/c it is a non profit. You accept or decline.
TFA Corps Member Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Teach for America in December 2012.
Interview Details – I actually felt cheated with my interview considering how much time and effort I put into preparing. My interviewer spent the first 5 minutes talking about how tired and exhausted she was and yawned throughout the interview stating she was tired. Overall very disappointing and turned me off from reapplying.
Interview Question – It was pretty straightforward. Be prepared to answer many questions from your application. Answer Question
TFA Corps Member Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Teach for America.
Interview Details – I applied online and wrote a stellar essay with mediocre extracurriculars and made it into the second round phone interview. The phone interview was actually very easy, as my interviewer was extremely passionate for education and spoke more than I did during the call. I made it to the final round and successfully led the group and presented my sample lesson well, but made a crucial mistake in saying that I support segregation in special cases. Not that I am racist or sexist, but I just spoke my mind saying that specific groups of people like special education students must be placed in different classrooms to receive the appropriate education. That was my bad.
Interview Question – How did you think you did in the group discussion interview? Answer Question
Corps Member Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Teach for America.
Interview Details – phone interview, an online test, and an in-person interview
Interview Question – Tell me what a typical Wednesday would look like Answer Question
Assistant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Teach for America in June 2010.
Interview Details – First, I had a phone interview with a member of their Human Assets team, who asked me basic questions I would expect in any interview process. Then, I interviewed in person with members of the sub-team I applied to join. Finally, I interviewed with other members of the larger team to which that sub-team belongs. I got the impression that the key interview was the second one - the first was more of a screen, and the final was more to make sure I could get along with the people I would be working with on the periphery.
Interview Question – They asked me to explain what their team did. In theory, it sounds like an easy question to answer, but looking someone in the eye and telling them what exactly it is that they do was surprisingly difficult. Answer Question
Corps Member Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Teach for America.
Interview Details – Very structured interview process. Expectations for interviewees are clearly defined and interview sticks to those expectations. Each stage gets increasingly more involved and difficult. First round is focused on leadership positions, second round (phone) is mostly a behavioral interview, and the third round really assesses your desire to be in the classroom.
Interview Question – What would lead you to quit TFA? View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation.
Operations Coordinator Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and interviewed at Teach for America.
Interview Details – After completing an activity demonstrating our ability to plan and organize a typical day at the Institute, we discussed the plan I had submitted and the reasoning behind my decisions. Pretty basic. The interviewer then asked about my interest in Teach For America and my reasons for applying for the position. She asked what was one of the most challenging experiences I have encountered. Also, she asked for a time when I disagreed with a supervisor.
Interview Question – None - all were pretty expected given the position. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The offer was straight forward - no negotiation took place.
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Pros: “Important note: be sure to distinguish between "staff" and "corps member/CM/Teacher" in these reviews since CM's are not staff members and their experience is far different (and far more…” “Important note: be sure to distinguish between "staff" and "corps member/CM/Teacher" in these reviews since CM's are not staff members and their experience is far different (and far more variable). From the staff side of things, its great to work with such intelligent and talented people. Also the offices are nice as well as the benefits. I'm tempted to say that its nice to work in an organization where everyone shares the same values but as I experience more with TFA, I don't believe this is the case. I think everyone appears to have similar values but in reality they are overarching beliefs that mean very different things to different people/settings. I will say one firm shared belief that I valued was the limitless potential of kids and the belief that they can learn/grow/achieve at any level. Despite all the cons, everyone is extremely well intentioned - I just think the culture and organizational effectiveness produces the cons below.” – Full Review