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Teach for America Interview Questions

Updated May 16, 2018
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    Development Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    I applied in mid-April online and instead of a phone screen or first round interview was sent an assignment around four weeks later in May. I completed it in time and even had my Development Consultant friend look it over- I spent several hours on it though the instructions mentioned that one should not spend over 1.5 hours.

    I sent an email asking about future interviews and my status, and soon after- about a week later- got a generic email saying they pursued other candidates and thanking me. Fine.

    Then, I emailed this manager asking if I could get some quick feedback on my assignment, to inform my approach for future development assignments in interviewing- which I've found to be fairly common. She agreed and said my assignment was "really thoughtful" and that we could talk on the phone the following morning.

    The following afternoon I call her, and ask if she has a minute to discuss my assignment, she says yes. So I ask a couple of questions like, "What are you looking for in completion of the assignment?," "What did you think I could have done better in the assignment?" and "What did others do which was more competitive for this assignment?"

    She gave me nothing. Like actually, nothing. She just repeated that it was "very thoughtful," but gave no actual specific positive or constructive feedback. So, I am not sure why she agreed to speak with me about it in the first place, since she apparently had no opinion she could share, even with it in front of her.

    I did not schedule the call, so maybe she was caught off guard, but overall it was an uncomfortable interaction which suggested that the TFA process for selecting development candidates is either not thorough, not transparent, or both. I would hesitate to apply to a position in that department or with TFA again in the future because of this experience.


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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Teach for America (Baton Rouge, LA).

    Interview

    The process was long and it included a sample teach exercise. There was an online application, a phone interview, and a in person interview which consisted of one to one interview and group/panel discussions.

    Interview Questions

  3. Helpful (1)  

    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    Supplemental questions on application. If granted interview, you prepare a presentation, answer questions on a panel, and have a 1:1 interview. The presentation (teaching sample) was daunting, but also kind of fun. The interviewers were all really nice and had been TFA teachers.

    Interview Questions

    • Please describe a time when you improved or made better an organization you were working with.   2 Answers

  4.  

    Office Administrative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    The interview was very quick - not much of a conversation. I was just asked scripted questions -one after another. It felt very impersonal but that can be expected with a phone interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Why did you choose Teach for America over other organizations?   Answer Question

  5. Helpful (3)  

    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    The interview was a huge commitment with sample teaching lesson plan, interview, and background presentation. They also expect minimum four essays. I could've been doing better things than wait for TFA's lackadaisical response.

    Interview Questions


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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    First went through a phone interview. Prepared a sample of a 2 minute classroom lesson for a certain grade level. Then completed a group activity where observed our team skills. Then met in person for 1 hour interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Hypothetical scenarios that you could face in the classroom/school.   Answer Question

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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY) in April 2018.

    Interview

    Went over the agenda for the day. Then did a group interview, discussion, and personal interview. Interviewers were pleasant and easy going. The interview day was rather long (I began at 10AM and didn't finish until 4PM).

    Interview Questions

  8. Helpful (4)  

    MTLD Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    Completed an online application for the role, was invited to complete 2 phone interview rounds with scenarios you had to role play. Final round was a video interview with the regional director.

    Interview Questions

    • You notice two CMs are disengaged during sessions and missed your last deadline - how would you approach the situation?   Answer Question

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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    Very open especially with the lesson plan. First I applied online. Then I had to wait awhile to see if I was selected for an interview; however, I want straight to the final interview.

    Interview Questions


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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    It starts with recruitment about three months prior to when your interview would be, and a month before an application deadline. In hindsight, even if I didn't get an offer for an interview after submitting an application, the recruiter makes sure to have multiple calls with you in the interest of making you more eager to apply and excited. Once offered an interview after submitting my application, I had to wait three weeks for my interview. This gets you into the end of February of senior year (for undergrads applying). The interview requires you to make a five-minute lesson out of thin air, to present it flawlessly, and make it interactive, concise and attention-grabbing. You are then judged on "leadership" and "participation" with your group interview by being given a question that is obvious how to be solved and addressed. Finally, you have a one-on-one interview that is just like an interview for any other job and has nothing to do with children or being a teacher. TFA really seems to select on superficial qualities, and are duly concerned with who they produce and their products. It does not matter if you care about the cause, about being in the classroom, or being a teacher. What does matter is if you were class president if you were honor roll all four years and if you will go onto policy or law and can say you were a corps member so they can put it on their brochure. I am not sure if they know that the top 10% of a graduating class is not interested in TFA in comparison to people who have a commitment and passion to educational equity or caring for children.

    Interview Questions

    • What was the hardest class you have taken?   2 Answers
    • How would you describe your organizational skills?   Answer Question

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