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Teach for America Interview Questions

Updated 15 Apr 2015
239 Interview Reviews

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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
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    Difficult Interview
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America (Washington, DC (US)).

    Interview

    The phone interview is first, and is anywhere from 30minutes to 1 hour. Some people get invited straight to the final interview, though. The final interview process seemed to be heavily dependent upon your sample teaching lesson. Be sure to be creative! I wish I had known what to expect prior to my interview. The guidelines were so vague I had no clue if what I was doing was what was expected of me. There will also be a group activity where you have a certain amount of time to come up with a decision about a given scenario as a group.

    Interview Questions

    • What was your hardest college course?   1 Answer
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America (Boston, MA (US)).

    Interview

    First there was an Online Application which included resumee, letter of intent and also transcript. This was followed by a phone interview. I applied twice. One year I was not asked to go beyond phone interview. (I was informed I was not selected via email.) The second time I applied I passed the phone interview, was notified a few days later that I was selected for an in-person, day-long assessment which would include a 20 min teaching lesson & interview. I feel my lesson went well, however maybe the interview didn't. I requested to know more after receiving a rejection via email. Since there were 2 evaporators there it would have been nice to have a couple of reasons as to why, especially since I had applied before. I wrote an email to this effect but was told there were too many applicants. Since I did not know why I had been rejected I did not apply again.

    Interview Questions

    • Q: What would you do to improve schools?
      Q: Under what circumstances would you leave?
      Q: Why do you think you would be a valuable teacher?
       
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Teach for America (Los Angeles, CA (US)).

    Interview

    It was the phone interview which is the next part from the application. It took about 30 to 40 minutes. It was not too bad. Although they did call sooner than we had planned to converse. I believe they called at about 8 in the morning when the interview was supposed to be 10am.

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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    Application with a few short response prompts, phone interview, online activity, then final day with 5 min. mock lesson, group discussion/project, and 1 on 1 interview. Entire process took about 3 months from initial application to final notification. Phone interview went well and was relatively relaxed, but 1 on 1 in person interview was a lot more challenging and intimidating. They repeated a few of the same questions from the phone interview, which got a little confusing because it wasn't clear if they wanted the same answer again or something different. Overall still a nice experience, and I'm glad to have gotten the opportunity.

    Interview Questions

    • Talk about a time when you failed at something and how you responded to that.   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    I first met with a campus representative at my university and then was invited to a phone interview. The interviewer focused on my experiences with education and mentoring, asking how that has prepared me to teach a classroom. She asked many typical questions about overcoming challenges and how you work as a team. Then there is also an in-person interview, but I didn't make it that far in the process.

    Interview Questions

    • When is a time you disagreed with a coworker and how did you deal with the situation?   Answer Question
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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America (Philadelphia, PA (US)) in March 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process was a long one. Almost two months long. They have you submit about four essays in the initial application. If you pass that you'll make it on to the phone interview. If you make it pass the phone interview you'll make it on to the last in-person interview/sample lesson plan. They claim they want diversity but their organization make-up proves otherwise.

    Interview Questions

    • Take us through a difficult experience in the workplace and how you handled it.   Answer Question
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    Teacher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Teach for America in March 2015.

    Interview

    The process starts with a recruiter contacting you to help you keep the time line of the application. The application takes approximately 2 hours of duplicated information. Throughout the process they explain that they are looking for corps members that "look like" their students. They explain that they are referring to minorities.
    The next step is the phone interview. They explain again that they are looking for corps members that "look like" their students, but it is not a requirement. You then find out about 2 weeks later of you are invited to the in person final interview. During introductions the speakers ate minorities and again explain that they are looking for corps members that "look like" their students, but they look at other skills as well.
    On this interview you will do a 5 minute lesson plan- keep it simple and engage others.

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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY (US)) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Very long process: applied in December, decision not available till March. Three rounds of interview: Phone interview, online interview/quiz, final interview at a local university. Final interview was very straightforward. TFA does good job at laying out the expectations of the final interview. Final interview requires a 5-minute lesson plan where you can teach whatever you want. be creative and engaging. Don't just sit there and speak.

    Interview Questions

    • Why TFA? Why not another teaching organization like Fellows?   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Teach for America in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online and received a notification that I had been offered a phone interview. I schedule the interview and a few days later I received a call from a rep and they interviewed/interrogated me about education, previous work, leadership, etc.

    Interview Questions

    • Name a position of leadership that has been particularly important to you...   Answer Question
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH (US)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Teach for America (Columbus, OH (US)) in March 2015.

    Interview

    First is the online application, which was pretty straightforward. The next step is the phone interview. Mine took about 45 minutes and was pretty thorough, but it was very helpful later as I prepared for the final interview. My interviewer was very nice! The final interview is the last step. It begins with the sample teaching lessons. The other interviewees and interviewers (I had two) act as your students. It was pretty relaxed, but you have to be organized! The ten minute time limit is very serious. The group portion involves readings you are assigned ahead of time. Everyone was considerate and this portion was a good time to show leadership and cooperation. The final part is the one on one interview. It was very similar to the phone interview, I was even asked a few of the exact same questions. My interviewer was very nice and made me feel comfortable. She focused on one service activity that I had participated in the longest.

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