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Teach for America Corps Member Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY) in October 2016.

Interview

The hiring process was one that was long, and clearly geared to elite current or recent college graduates, or elite graduates of good schools with a few years of work experience. During the interview process my own elite education got me to the "final interview" phase, where my nightmarish journey commenced. For grown-ups with say, 20 to 30 years of work or life experience TFA had you jump through hoops. My Carter administration transcripts in 2016! Really not reflective of much. There were short answers which were timed, but not correctly timed. So, set your phone to the 20 minute mark to make sure you get your answers in on time. The questions were about your experience in underserved communities and commitment to education inequities. But, really they want to know if you have big plans to work for TFA and then leverage that into something like an elite law school, medical school or business school which you would not be successful in getting into without the resume builder. There was very, very, very little emphasis on actual teaching, except for a ridiculous 5 minute lesson you are to give in front of your colleagues or should I say college students who in my case were mute and non-responsive to most others instead of interacting. The 5 minute lesson must be perfect. Bring posters, plan an interactive group activity keeping everyone busy. Make sure to state your objective and make sure you meet this objective. I got nervous, went off my well-rehearsed script and choked, which was the cloak of doom in an already doomed "ageism" or "person who worked full-time in the home" elitist scripted interview day. Now, mind you I have degrees from Yale, NYU and such with honors and years of experience, have tried many jury trials and want to return to work after family obligations are no longer such that I cannot work outside of the home. I want to teach and work in underserved schools. I have a recently minted degree with honors up the wazoo that would train me to be great in the classroom, but not necessarily in a five minute lesson where it is artificially limited and you are cut off at exactly five minutes. Kids don't have expiration dates, so while classes have time limits and there are lesson plans, it makes no sense to have a full day of interviews with most of the day pushing the "we create masters of the universe" who teach maybe for the two year commitment and then go on to great things and send our name throughout the world, instead of a full day of teaching related tasks. Instead, you will have an insane and inane policy question which as a group you will have to answer, which is the kiss of death for anyone who actually knows about education policy, because the TFA push is to talk about community and outreach and ... getting to see a pattern here, anything but actually supporting teachers in the classroom who might stay and teach after they have some experience doing so. So, be prepared to spend the day with people, who in my case, did not speak with each other during the breaks, showed themselves to be perfectly prepared with perfect five minute lessons, but no people skills, no ability to empathize. They will get offers.

Interview Questions

  • Insanely focussed on my calendar method, instead of going off script and asking about my organizational skills related to the many complex jobs I have done in my legal and other career. It was clear that I had already been doomed and my interviewer at this point was just saying "yes" to any question I posed, such as "are you familiar with the old school Franklin planner" question to answer his question about my calendar. When he said "yes" and then asked follow-up questions, it was clear he had no idea about what a Franklin Planner or Day Timer was, or he would not have asked these questions.

    Instead of focussing on my many experiences with kids or teaching or in communities with racial, educational and health care inequities, he stuck to his script which often began with "in your employment or school in the last four years", despite knowing that I had taken time away from paid employment to do things, like focus on personal and family issues (raising kids is not, in TFA land a full-time experience that might be perceived as helpful to teaching ummmmmm......... kids, nor would the experience of dealing with cancer or other issues of disability which might take one away from Masters of the Universe work, but would be directly related to one's ability to understand and inform others about facing hardships and working through them, but I digress). There will be a detailed "In the past four years, what experiences have you had in communities which were challenging and how did you handle them. If you have a skillful interviewer they will work from your resume and their script, if not, you will have a reading of the TFA mantra in artfully interjected, or not so artfully interjected into your life story. Be prepared to talk about your stamina, your flexibility and your promise to stick with it when you find yourself with only one week of classroom training before you are trained for an hour or so a day but in a class of real students depending on your teaching to learn for the rest of the school day during the five week summer program, and then plopped into a real school with real, needy and complex and culturally different students, too many at a time, with no formal instruction on the art of teaching that education programs would give you..... In other words, don't talk like I am writing about TFA, even if you understand that TFA these days is about perpetuating TFA more than hiring the best and the brightest to actually stay in the classrooms instead of the board or court rooms.

    Learn the TFA Mantra over and over. Community building, raising kids up through positive reinforcement methods, and showing off the kids who leave the community to go to the elite ... oops there I go again.   3 Answers

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    Teach for America Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY).

    Interview

    The first round is a written application, followed by a phone interview--finally you'll be invited to a day-long interview where you'll have to present a lesson to a panel of about 2 interviewers and 5-6 fellow applicants.

    Interview Questions


  2.  

    Teach for America Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Teach for America (Los Angeles, CA) in May 2016.

    Interview

    The hiring process had several steps that you had to go through over a period of time. First it was an online application. The application had many questions and then you had to also submit a resume and letters of recommendation. If you passed that, they email you to set up a phone interview. Next you choose a location to go to for an in person interview. This consisted of presenting a 5 minute lesson, then a group activity, and ends with a one-on-one interview.

    Interview Questions

  3.  

    Teach for America Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Long, a few months time. Online app was first step. Then there was a phone interview, then a final interview which included a mock teaching lesson for 5 minutes, a group discussion, and a personal interview.

    Interview Questions


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    Teach for America Corps Member Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY) in February 2016.

    Interview

    I was contacted by recruiters several times, and after not responding for a couple months they reached out to me again and I decided to interview with them. I scheduled a time to talk with a recruiter almost immediately. The phone interview lasted a half hour or less, the girl was very nice, and I could tell that she was at school during our conversation. After we spoke she sent me a picture of her kids and it was very sweet. She gave me some links to continue the application process, but it was very last minute, the deadline was soon, I was very busy, and my parents discouraged me from joining so I ended up letting the opportunity go. Kind of regret it now. I would say they're a really good program with a really good cause and anyone interested should go for it. The location of the interview below in arbitrary, since we spoke over the phone.

    Interview Questions

    • How does TFA's mission align with your personal values?   1 Answer

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    Teach for America Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Athens, OH
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Teach for America (Athens, OH) in February 2016.

    Interview

    The interview process is extremely long and extensive. They make you jump through hoops, they get your hopes up, they have people contact you to encourage you to continue in your application process, and they have you fill out a preliminary application that is so extensive that it seems more suitable for adopting a child or becoming a FBI agent.

    Interview Questions


  6. Helpful (2)  

    Teach for America Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY) in December 2015.

    Interview

    The Interview process was very typical. It included a phone interview, online work, and in-person interview/lesson plan. While the people were all friendly the entire interview process was rather lengthy and it felt like parts of it were too time consuming and unnecessary. The worst part about the entire process was that the person who interview me on the final day made it sound like I was going to get an offer. He said "I'm going to strongly recommend for you to get an offer." Its just very frustrating when they were so misleading and I ended up not getting an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Under what circumstances would you leave TFA?   1 Answer

  7. Helpful (4)  

    Teach for America Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    With multiple steps, the organization really seeks to understand your reason for applying, your commitment to education reform and your leadership skills. There is an initial online application which asks about experiences that may have prepared you for the work you may do with TFA. In addition, there is an online tests that tests skills you may need while you are a teacher. Some may be invited to a phone interview then while others are invited right to the in-person interview. For this interview you are asked to teach something. This does not have to be complicated lesson. The organization is looking for your teachers voice, as well as classroom management skills. They also want to see how you respond to their clarifying questions about your lesson. For the in person interview it is important to remember that you are not competing against the other interviewees. The lessons usually works better for everyone involved if you all participate and support each others lesson.

    Interview Questions

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    Teach for America Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Teach for America (Boston, MA) in October 2015.

    Interview

    Met them at a job fair at my uni. After providing my resume, they contacted me later that day to set up a one-one one meeting the following day on campus. After that, I had to set up a profile to fill out online. It's a simple online application where they gauge your potential placements. Furthermore, they try to link you up with a phone call with one of their current corp members to speak with you about TFA. It does a great job at making the candidate feel welcomed to TFA.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    I had another offer.


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    Teach for America Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Teach for America (Washington, DC) in April 2015.

    Interview

    online application, phone interview, final interview.
    I skipped the phone interview and was directed straight to the final interview so I can't comment on the phone interview.
    The final interview consisted of a 5 minute lesson plan, a group activity and a personal interview.
    for the five minute lesson plan, I recommend doing something with visual aids and something creative. The lower grade levels I think are easier for this. Definitely video tape yourself practicing the lesson with all of your aids and practice on your friends. Listen to their feedback and improve your lesson.
    For the group activity, you will have a scenario and you will have to resolve an issue. try to stick out. I immediately took on the role of scribe and directed our discussion. I said, ok does anyone have a preference about taking notes and when everyone said they had bad writing, I said I was happy to. Then I asked who would like to speak first, and when I ended up giving my opinion last, I made sure to include new information. I also validated other people's opinions, both similar and dissimilar from my own. It seems important to convey that you are open to construct criticism and other world views.
    The personal interview--I didn't think mine went too well to be completely honest. I felt that I was rambling, but I hope it came off as impassioned. Really, I think they just want to know of your leadership qualities and the challenges you have overcome.

    Interview Questions

    • What are your methods of organization?   1 Answer

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