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# Varsity Tutors Interview Questions

Updated Oct 4, 2015
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## Instructor Interview

Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Varsity Tutors (Austin, TX) in October 2013.

Interview

Interview Questions

• I was quite embarrassed to miss a calculus question - it was something like, for the function y = x^2 + p, what is the value of p such that y = 3x will be a tangent line.   1 Answer
• In isosceles triangle RST, if angle RST=40 degrees, then what is the sum of the two identical angles in the triangle: is it greater than 120, less than 120, equal to 120 or cannot be determined?   3 Answers

Negotiation

Did not attempt to negotiate comp (though I should probably get more given very high experience level), because I am new in town and need the work.

## Tutor Interview

No Offer
Neutral Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Varsity Tutors in March 2014.

Interview

Interview Questions

• Algebra question: What is the equation for the slope of a straight line?   1 Answer
• Trigonometry question: What are the 3 functions that define the ratio of a right triangle?   1 Answer
• Physics question: You have one ball traveling with a momentum of mv that collides with another of momentum mv. What is the total momentum after the collision?   1 Answer
• Biology question: what are the 4 nucleotide bases that make up DNA?   1 Answer
• Chemistry question: When the volume of a volume of an ideal gas increases, what happens to it's pressure?   1 Answer

## Tutor Interview

No Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Varsity Tutors (Portland, OR) in September 2014.

Interview

There are two interviews. INTERVIEW ONE (phone) Just covered a few basics to see what you would be ready to teach right away and how far you're willing to travel. Quick, 10-minute interview followed by scheduling your second interview. INTERVIEW TWO (webcam via Zoom software) Here you go through practice questions: first, SAT, and then, math tutoring questions. Brush up on your knowledge of the SAT (they asked me what are the two different categories of questions on the SAT Reading section), and practice some math questions in advance if you're rusty. I said I could tutor Algebra II, but it turns out I could only answer one of 5 questions (one of the questions was taking the log of 64, base 4... forgot how to do that on a calculator!), and I struggled with the Algebra I questions (e.g., figure out slope and perpendicular slope given two points)

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## Academic Tutor: Science + Math Interview

No Offer
Neutral Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Varsity Tutors in October 2014.

Interview

Interview Questions

• Rationalize a fraction involving radicals. Identify the function of a specified enzyme. Identify the proportion of a given nucleotide in a genome given the percentage of another.   Answer Question
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## Private Tutor Interview

Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Varsity Tutors (Austin, TX) in May 2013.

Interview

I completed an online application and was selected for a phone interview. The phone interview took about 30 minutes and went well, so an in-person interview was arranged at the end of the call. I was asked to bring my college transcript, driver's license, and official SAT and AP test scores. The in-person interview lasted about 45 minutes and involved questions about teaching style, how I would teach particular example problems, etc. I was offered the position at the end of the in-person interview and had my first tutoring client within two weeks.

Interview Questions

• What age group would you prefer to work with?   Answer Question

Negotiation

During the phone interview phase, I was asked for my rate and it was actually lower than the base rate that Varsity's tutors get!

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## Tutor Interview

Accepted Offer
Neutral Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Varsity Tutors (Washington, DC) in December 2013.

Interview

After my online application had been approved, there was both a phone interview to discuss my prior tutoring/teaching experience, preferred subjects, and hourly rate requirements, and a Skype interview where I had to complete 3 subject matter quizzes that were emailed to me during the interview. I also filled out forms for a criminal background check and a driving history check.

Interview Questions

• Academic problem sets given during the interview. You know ahead of time that you will be quizzed, but you get the problems emailed to you after you start the interview.   1 Answer
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No Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Varsity Tutors in October 2014.

Interview

The initial application took some time to fill out, but the response came within a week. I was able to choose the subjects to tutor in. The interview itself was done through a video chat. Questions were based around possible problems in your selected subject areas and how you would explain the steps to a student that is trying to learn. The video chat function used for the interview is also one that can be used for lessons later on.

Interview Questions

• The most difficult aspect is definitely trying to demonstrate how one would do a lesson, particularly since that depends a lot on the skill level of the student.   Answer Question

## Certified Tutor Interview

Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. I interviewed at Varsity Tutors in December 2014.

Interview

The Human Resource Manager was very professional and asked me great questions. I liked the fact that they have a two step interview process. I was impressed that the online interview lasted over one hour. It made me feel really comfortable and that the company really cared about finding excellent tutors.

Interview Questions

• How would you work with a student who is not motivated to learn the subject?   Answer Question
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## Personal Tutor Interview

No Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Varsity Tutors (Los Angeles, CA) in March 2015.

Interview

Two rounds. First one is phone interview, which is only a few screen questions such like do u have a car to travel. Second round is a online interview in which u use a online interactive website to test ur online tutoring skills. Interviewer will have tutoring subject questions for u and u should explain them using the online system

Interview Questions

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## Associate Director of Recruitment Interview

No Offer
Negative Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Varsity Tutors (Saint Louis, MO) in May 2015.

Interview

Very shielded. No direct interaction with anyone. A digital interview where the concept is excellent from an efficiency standpoint, they ask very broad questions which you have to answer in a timed setting with no queue to know how much time you have left. "Review your resume for us" you have a 1 minute reply allowed and then you are cut off. They ask a total of five questions which most are behavioral in slant. Allowed to "practice' before but this only acquaints you with the technological aspect of the process.

Interview Questions