Teach for America TFA Corps Member Interview Questions

Updated Aug 18, 2014
Updated Aug 18, 2014
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TFA Corps Member Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chicago, IL
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
Application Details

I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Teach for America in February 2011.

Interview Details

You undergo a stage process. Once you sign up for an account online, you complete the online application and then wait. If your application is approved, you'll be invited to a phone interview which you'll schedule a time for. The phone interview is easy - they ask about what you do and how you keep yourself organized. If they like yyou, you'll be invited to an in-person interview. The in person was straightforward. Group interview. Sample teaching lesson. Individual interview. Then they will let you know via email if you're in.

Interview Questions
  • They ask in the individual interview you have in person what you'd do in a specific scenerio. The senerio i got was about a school district I wanted to start an after school history club in but there was no money. So you have to convince the principal (the interviewer) why you should have the program.   Answer Question
Reasons for Declining

I was offered a place in the special ed department and I couldn't teach special ed.

Declined Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  West Lafayette, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Lafayette, IN
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Teach for America in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    There are multiple levels of interviews and high expectations of the interviewees preparedness for each level. Do not expect the standard questions or procedures. Show passion and excitement for the cause and a willingness to learn from those who have gone before you. Openness to new experiences and people is also important.

    Interview Questions
    • Teaching a lesson to other group interviewees was the most difficult. Make sure you have an assessment at the end of your lesson to determine if your "Students" have learned the material. Be prepared for difficult questions during your lesson from TFA staff acting as students.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at Teach for America in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    It's been about five years, so my memory is a little fuzzy but as I recall: I submitted my application online during the third application cycle and was notified a few days later that I was accepted for a 15 minute phone interview. After this interview, I was notified that I had moved on to the next phase of the interview cycle, an all-day interview. This interview was broken down into different parts: a five minute sample lesson, a group interview and problem solving session, and an individual interview. The five minute sample lesson will be with a small group of about 10 people, who all get up and teach for a short time on the topic of their choosing. TFA generally conducts these interviews in a place with a white board and will provide everyone with dry erase markers to write on the board. A few people in my group were fancy and had prepared worksheets for the group or an experiment. I didn't do this; however, I later found out that a lot of people in the New Orleans corps had. The next part of my interview day consisted of a short group interview and problem solving session with the same group as during the sample lessons. As I remember, we were given a short prompt on the achievement gap and had to respond to written questions and then were asked to have a group discussion and answer oral questions. I think TFA was just looking for people who weren't afraid of participating and who didn't display any biases against minorities or the socioeconomically disadvantaged. After this, we were notified that the group portion of the interview had ended and asked to sign up for a time later on in the day for our individual interview. We were also given a classroom situation that we would be asked about in the individual interview. I can't remember exactly, but I think the classroom situation was one of the first portions of the individual interview. My recommendation on this would be to come up with as many solutions to the problems as possible. The interviewer is going to keep questioning your solution and posing hypotheticals that would make it impossible, so the more solutions you can come up with the better. After this, the interview moved on to more standard interview questions for the rest of the time. I do recall my interviewer being particularly emotionless and typing the entire time during the interview, which I was later told they are instructed to do. Basically, the entire time you are being interviewed a TFA staff member is filling out a huge rubric and depending on how you score determines whether or not you are offered a job.

    Interview Questions
    • My interviewer asked a lot of questions about what I would do or how I would respond in classroom scenarios. This is difficult to do when you have never set foot in a classroom. Just use what you think is good judgment and answer accordingly.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Since TFA does not pay corps members (school districts do), the only thing you can really negotiate on is where you are placed or what grade/subject you are teaching.TFA tries to make it seem like corps members have no power to negotiate on these matters, but the reality is that you do. I was offered a placement in my least preferred area, but was able to negotiate to be placed in another area. I know several other people in my school who did the same.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Madison, WI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Madison, WI
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Teach for America in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    Very interesting interview process. They ask you questions that get down to 1) your leadership qualities and experiences, 2) your organizational skills, and 3) your cultural competency. Each of them is hard to fake while you're in the interview, because it's hard to answer competently unless you can actually own it in real life as well.

    Interview Questions
    • The sample teach can be the most challenging part of the interview day for many, and most of the sample lessons I saw were pretty bad.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Really easy. They basically tell you where you're going and you accept or decline.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Nashville, TN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Teach for America in December 2009.

    Interview Details

    Sample lesson, ability test, behavioral interview, phone call

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    N/A
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 months - interviewed at Teach for America in March 2009.

    Interview Details

    Started with a phone interview. Questions regarding how you handle stress, organization, you beliefs about education, background, etc. Interviewer was easy going and friendly. 2nd interview was an all-day process at the regional office. 9 hours- the morning was all individual work and group role playing. I took an assessment, role played a school scenario in a group of four (they were looking for collaborative skills, I believe), and presented a 5 minute lesson to the other 11 interviewees and 4 evaluators. Break for lunch and then I waited until I was called for the one on one interview. They asked about my educational background, organizational skills, motivations for joining the corps, and my visions for my own future as well as that in education.

    Interview Questions
    • I really don't remember. They really want people who are organized, passionate, work well with a group, and driven to make positive change.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiating. You get paid what teachers in your placement district get paid.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    online app with statement of interest, phone interview, online assignments, in person interview

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  8.  

    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Getting through the first rounds of the interview process are strictly resume-based. You want to include any accomplishments from college in which you demonstrated your ability to persuade, impact, change, and especially lead a group. Especially for the first round, since they are basing their judgement only on your resume. For the second round, you want to be prepared for interview questions that demonstrate your ability to overcome adversity, show good judgement, demonstrate how you can work with others to achieve a greater purpose. I found it extremely helpful to read their website a zillion times in order to demonstrate the aspects of my personality and character that were most in line with their organizations goal (closing the achievement gap).

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 7+ weeks - interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    Time your 5 minute presentation. Also. To save on using all your one minute of set up time I suggest having your name/grade/subject/objective printed out large enough so that you can just post it. Everyone that didn't do that ran into presentation time.

    The group discussion was interesting. I thought we were going to be broken up into small groups but as it turns out we just did one large group... which was not very efficient. This activity was also timed.

    During personal interviews I was asked how I felt the morning went. So. Show that you learned from the experience. I was asked to role play a scenario... the idea is to advocate for the kids but also to know when to prioritize.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about how you organize. If I were to look at your planner would I be able to tell what is imperative and what is flexible?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    Resume, Letter of Intent, Online Application

    Online Activity, Phone Interview

    Letters of Recommendation, Full Day Interview

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer

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