Teach for America TEACHER Interview Questions

Updated Aug 25, 2015
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The interview tests whether you are willing to give up. Meaning, they will push you to give up a certain position (sometimes illogically) and your job is to not give up and to keep fighting. The reason TFA does this is because they think that if you give in during an interview, you'll give in when the times get tough as a teacher.

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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    Begins with a rigorous online application that asks the basic questions and goes into greater detail with a few essays. The essays asked about volunteer experience and why you are pursuing a career with Teach for America. A recruiter from Teach for America will call after you submit your application to see if you have any questions. If your application is selected, you have a phone interview and then an interview in the closest city that has Teach for America.

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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    I applied last year and got rejected after the final interview. I came back this year, went through the entire process again and still got rejected. I followed every single tip you can find about doing well in a TFA interview. Don't be fooled like I was. It doesn't matter how passionate you are for teaching in underserved communities. They don't care; they are looking for people they can mold into potential government/public officials who will push through legislature conducive to their organization's idealogies. If you want to get through, go through the interview in a business-like manner with the mindset of a politician.

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    • What have you been doing since last year's interview to serve low-income children? What made you realize you wanted to teach?   Answer Question
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    I went through the screening process, phone interview, and final interview. I didn't make it in, but it was a good experience

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    • At the final interview, you are expected to do a short teaching presentation on a subject of your choice to the group. You are told to pretend like you are teaching a grade level of your choice, even if that is not the grade which you would want to teach.   1 Answer
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    Anonymous Employee
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    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.

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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    Started with an application then proceeded to a phone interview followed by the final in person interview.

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    Anonymous Employee
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    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

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    • Tell me about a time you missed an assignment/deadline.   Answer Question
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

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

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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer

    Application

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

    Interview

    Long process...application with intent letter, then online activity, phone interview, final interview with sample lesson etc.

    Interview Questions

    • Difficult questions when it came to the role playing activity   Answer Question
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    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).

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    • When was a time you had to work with someone and had a difficult time?   Answer Question
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