Teach for America Corps Member Interview Questions

Updated Sep 5, 2014
Updated Sep 5, 2014
118 Interview Reviews

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Corps Member Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England
Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
Application Details

I applied online - interviewed at Teach for America.

Interview Details

Filled out the 4th deadline online application the night before the deadline and was notified within two weeks that I had been advanced to the final interview stage, skipping the phone interview. My final interview was about 3 weeks later and I had to complete an online activity. I prepared my sample teach the night before, read the 3 required articles. The group interview was approximately 2 hours long - short presentation first, then sample teaches (roughly 7 people candidates interviewing), then the group problem-solving activity, and then signing up for idividual interviews. The individual interview was about 1 hour long.

Interview Questions
  • Probably the most challenging part was that mine was a virtual interview, which placed some limitations on the sample teaches. Overall in the personal interview I got the impression that they wanted statistics - how many members did I lead in my extracurricular activity, how much of an improvement that was over the previous year, the size of our budget, etc.   View Answer
Reasons for Declining

My finals conflicted with the Summer Institute.

Declined Offer
Easy Interview

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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Make sure you emphasize how you have dealt with difficult circumstances, as they are looking for teachers who can deal with difficult times and not quit. Showing interest to a Campus Coordinator and reaching out to your regional representative means a lot. TFA monitors your interactions with them religiously (word for word) so be persistent and send a consistent message.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    There is a 5 stage interview, application, phone interview, three part in person interview. The interview is super intensive, like an interrogation almost. They are going to through trick questions, a ton of behavioral questions. i think this interview doesn't really capture what tfa is all about.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation. the employee has no voice.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview Details

    Very thorough interview process with very good communication throughout entire process. After submitting my application online, I received an email shortly thereafter indicating I had been selected for a phone interview. The phone interview was about 20 minutes and was comprised of mostly behavioral style interview questions (i.e., Give me an example of a time when you faced adversity...). The phone interview was conducted by a bubbly female who stuck to a pre-determined script. Following the phone interview, I was selected for an on-site interview at a university about 45 minutes from my home. I received a very detailed email including all of the interview expectations and logistics. This interview included one-on-one and group interviews, as well as a 5-minute demonstration lesson taught by each candidate (there were about 10-15 candidates in a board room). Following the on-site interviews, it seemed like forever until "notification day," when we received an email stating whether or not we had been accepted into the Corps and our placement if accepted. I was overjoyed to received my acceptance email after a very thorough interview process. There was a second set of interviews after being accepted into the corps, which took place in our assigned city so that we could be interviewed by local schools in anticipation of our local placement. This was a fun day which involved "round robin" style interviewing with multiple school principals & school administrators. Each interview had a different feel, but the interviewers were all diligent about trying to find the best fit for their staff & school.

    Interview Questions
    • Almost all of the questions were behavioral in nature, so be prepared with tons of examples about how you overcame adversity, dealt with a challenge, failed, succeeded, showed leadership, etc. However, one principal asked a really bizarre riddle similar to the Google interview questions and I had no idea how to answer. I did not get hired by that school (lol).   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There are two offer stages -- you get offered by Teach For America, and then you get offered by a local school. These offers don't happen at the same time. You really only have two choices: accept or decline. There was not much room for negotiating salary with the local school. We just received a contract stating we would make about $42000 in the first year, so we all signed.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    The application process has multiple steps: a written application, a phone interview (these days), and an in person interview. The in person interview includes personal/scenario-type questions as well as a sample lesson. They are particularly interested in how you deal with adversity or difficult situations in the personal interview and be prepared to discuss your strategies for multitasking/organization.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    there is no negotiation. think carefully about your region ranking - if you rank a region of "high need" highly you are very likely to be assigned there if accepted
    Accepted Offer
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Long interview process that begins with a lengthy application. Then it is followed by phone interview and if you make it to the next round it is an in person interview that lasts about 4 hours.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The process has three rounds. Application, Telephone Interview, Group interview. The questions focus on your ability to be a team player and your ability to work with others in various situations.

    Interview Questions
    • We were given a scenario that could occur in the school and how you would handle that case   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Began with the online application and essays, from there moved to a phone interview and then a full day final interview that consisted of a sample lesson teach, group discussion and one on one interview.

    Interview Questions
    • What is a policy you did not agree with, but were expected to follow?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    The location I was matched with was not my first choice.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Corp Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baltimore, MD (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Teach for America in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    First, an online form is filled out, where you answer questions about you, your experience, etc. You also upload a resume. If you advance, there is a phone interview. If you advance past that, there is a day-long, in-person interview. The interview includes a teaching sample, small group work, and a personal interview.

    Interview Questions
    • They ask you to go into great detail of a time when you overcame a problem.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Corp Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at Teach for America in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    i had a phone interview as well as the day long group interview a few weeks later. Both experiences were generally pleasant. I enjoy talking about education and issues related to it, so I tended to ramble. The phone interview was casual, with questions about "a time when you were challenged" and "what is your organization style."

    Interview Questions
    • Actually describing your organization and scheduling style required me to think about why I do what I do.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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