Teach for America TFA Corps Member Interview Questions

Updated 5 Apr, 2015
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TFA Corps Member Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Teach for America.

Interview

Submitted the online application with essay and was automatically bumped to the final round. The final all day interview involved a 5 minute lesson with 1 minute of prep time (they literally time you to the second and will not allow you to go over). From there, we had a series of group activities to model how we work in a group. Finally, the day ended with a one on one interview that lasted anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes.

On the day that I interviewed, four of the ten applicants did not finish their lesson within the time frame. None of these applicants were admitted (even the applicant with a really engaging science lesson). One applicant had a lesson in which he lectured for the entire 5 minutes, he was also not admitted. The other 5 applicants (myself included) had lessons that were under time and involved some element of teacher modeling, grouping practice, and final assessment/closing. This is the basic structure of a lesson that you will be teaching should you be admitted. For this reason, make sure you create a lesson that is under time, practice it multiple times, and include instruction, practice, and assessment. For anyone that is wondering, I taught my group how to ask someone their name in Spanish and how to respond when someone asks your name. I included specific points on pronunciation and inflection.

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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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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    First, I applied online. Then waited for the decision. Afterwards, I had my final interview. I was abroad at the time, so I had to do a virtual interview. The entire interview process was pretty lengthy.

    Interview Questions

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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    Starts off with basic GPA and general info. The next round is a phone interview and short essay questionaire. All of the interviewers were personal and easy to talk with. The final round involved a five minute lesson plan, a group activity, and a one on one interview. Make sure that you positively contribute to the group activity, and listen to the other applicants ideas. The one on one interview was easy going and friendly.

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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    It was a multi-step process. Throughout the whole thing I felt like they were interested in what I brought to the table as a whole and not just my thoughts on education.

    Interview Questions

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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    TFA recruiter was great- friendly, always willing to point out resources, connect me with someone. Interview went well- you do the teaching part first which gets that out of the way. Group portion they just want to see that you can carry a conversation and are committed to TFA and would not quit on them. Hiring was not handled well. During your regional selection process- CHOOSE YOUR REGIONS VERY CAREFULLY AND READ UP ON ALL OF THEM THAT YOU CHOOSE. TFA is not incredibly transparent about all of the costs until after you have been selected, unless you do some research yourself on the TFA website.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    Had to pay for a reduced master's program to get certification. AmeriCorps would fund some of it, but this would still be expensive. Also, I did not want to commit to my placement location.

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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Declined Offer

    Interview

    The process is kind of long but not as stressful as I assumed it would be. First the application, then the phone interview, then the final interview. From what I hear, the final interview isn't a direct competition with other applicants; basically, if they feel like everyone in your group would best suit the program they will hire everyone in the group (I think this is rare but the good thing is, they don't have a set number of applicants they have to accept each period).

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    Reasons for Declining

    I did not want to move to the area they suggested.

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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Teach for America.

    Interview

    The initial step of the process is a lengthy application, complete with GPAs by school year, personal statements and short answer questions, examples of your leadership, etc.

    After this step, they notify the applicants that are moving to the next round that they must have a phone interview. Roughly 50% of applicants will be released after this round, as their website states.

    Following this interview, you will either be released or invited to the final round. Before the final interview, you must then complete an online task which includes a timed exam to measure your critical thinking skills, followed by a few short answer questions which are not timed. Bonus points for incorporating any of their values in this step! There isn't much you can do to prepare for this portion, it's just a way to measure how quickly and accurately you are able to analyze situations.

    The day of the final interview, you will be in a group of 6-12 other applicants and 2-4 interviewers. You must first give a 5 minute teaching sample. This was kind of a waste of time, but whatever, it's required. Afterward there is a "group task," basically to see how you are able to collaborate and work with others. This was easy, they give you a situation which you resolve alone, then come back together to discuss it as a group. My whole group agreed, so we didn't have much to talk about. Lastly will come the actual interview. At this point, there isn't much about you that they don't already know. ALL of my questions were repeated directly from my phone interview, which was extremely frustrating.

    After the final round, they will give you 2 weeks to wait until you hear back, and then will have 2 weeks to accept the job or not.

    Interview Questions

    • Why would you want to do Teach For America over AmeriCorps?   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    I wasn't willing to move to the location in which I had been placed.

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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Teach for America (New York, NY (US)) in November 2014.

    Interview

    Submitted a general inquiry to TFA for more information. Spoke to a recruiter and former alumni from my university. Submitted a simple application online. Received a favorable email to set up a phone interview. Set up a phone interview. Spoke on the phone with another TFA Corps member. The process was very simple and the questions asked are all on Glassdoor.

    Interview Questions

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    TFA Corps Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Online application with statement of purpose followed by either a phone interview then an in person interview or straight to an in person interview. In Person involves teaching a 5 minute sample lesson, group exercise and finally a 1 on 1 interview. Tough process really concerned about your ability to survive in a tough environment.

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