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Alumni Affairs Coordinator Interview

Alumni Affairs Coordinator
Philadelphia, PA

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Teach for America in September 2012.

Interview Details – I filled out the general application on Teach For America's website. I got a follow up email from them in about 3-4 weeks. From there I scheduled a phone interview, where I was screened for a few different positions, where I expressed my interest in a specific role. I then had a 2nd phone interview one week later, which was followed by a 3rd interview a few days after. The entire process was long, but I was so at ease with the staff. I did not end up getting the position, but was in the top 3 contenders. They were so nice, even when it came to telling me I was not offered the position.

Interview Question – There were no unexpected questions, they were not trying to be tricky like in some interviews. They asked the standard questions:

"What core values do you identify with most"?
"What are your thoughts on the mission"?
"Why are you interested in this position/what do you know about TFA"?
"What does leadership mean to you"?
"Describe a time you took on a leadership position"?
"How do you stay organized"? (They want a very detailed answer here)
"Name a time you failed at something, how did you handle it"?
"If we talked to your supervisor, what would he/she say you need to improve on"?
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Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Teacher Interview

Teacher
Philadelphia, PA

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Teach for America in November 2010.

Interview Details – I was passed through to the final round with no phone interview, but usually consists of a 30 min phone interview with similar questions. Questions like: how do you stay organized? Name a time you held a leadership position? Have you ever missed a deadline?

Interview Questions

Reason for Declining – Did not feel it was the right fit for me.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Teacher Interview

Teacher
Philadelphia, PA

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Teach for America in February 2009.

Interview Details – First round is a phone interview where the interviewer asks you questions about America's education achievement gap and why you want to be a teacher. Second round interviews are all day and consist of a sample lesson, group interview, and individual interview. Individual interview is the most important. Asks you strength/weakness questions and why you want to become a teacher.

Interview Question – What would you do if you worked in a school where the Principal did not support your instructional decisions?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Teacher Interview

Teacher
Philadelphia, PA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Teach for America in March 2008.

Interview Details – You first must submit a written application consisting of transcripts and essays, etc. Then there is normally a phone interview, or you can sent straight to the final interview, which consists of a whole day of group interviewing, problem solving, and individual interviews.

Interview Question – How would you negotiate purchasing text books for your classroom to a principal who does not want to spend money on them?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was nothing to negotiate for me. Teach for America is pretty standard. I have heard that some people were able to negotiate the region they are placed in, but my understanding is that there is not often too much flexibility.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Teacher Interview

Teacher
Philadelphia, PA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Teach for America in January 2007.

Interview Details – Teach For America is a young demanding organization that prides itself in being full of the 'best and brightest' college graduates. If you are serious about getting hired by TFA, be sure to become a campus campaign manager at your college or take on impressive leadership roles where you actually overcome obstacles to accomplish something. Good oral and written communication skills are important.

Interview Question – What were the biggest challenges you faced in ________? (this specific position on your resume)   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was not able to negotiate any terms.

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