The interview is a distinctive part of the Teach For America application process. Our interviews are only held on weekdays and take place during an entire day (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM). Virtual interviews are also held on weekdays, but may begin later in the day. Again, it’s common to be nervous before an interview, but many applicants come away from the interview day having had a great experience.
The first half of the day will be spent with Teach For America interviewers and other candidates as a group. Each candidate will teach a sample lesson while the rest of the group participates as “students.” Next, the entire group will work together on a problem-solving activity. After a short break, the interviewers will give a brief presentation about Teach For America.
The second half of the day will include a one-on-one interview with a Teach For America interviewer.
Full-Day Interview Tips
- Make sure you’re well-rested and eat a good breakfast so you can better maintain your focus.
- Dress professionally.
- Make arrangements to arrive at your interview site on time or log into your virtual interview on time.
- Be yourself! When you’re relaxed and prepared, you’re most likely to perform at your best.
- Find more final interview tips.
Occasionally, a Teach For America staff member may contact you for a short follow-up phone interview. Being asked to complete a follow-up interview is not an indication of your admissions status. We do this as part of ongoing training for our interviewers and to gather additional information if necessary.