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6 Questions (and Answers!) About Your Interview

When final interviews are approaching, we invariably receive a lot of questions. For answers to our final interview Frequently Asked Questions, read on!


Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Interview Day can seem overwhelming—so many things to prepare! As long as you follow our prep guidelines, you’ll do great, but read on to find answers to some frequently asked questions. 

How long will my interview day last?
Most in-person interview days start at 9 a.m. and virtual interviews start at a variety of times (which allows for more flexibility) so be sure to verify your start time. We suggest that you set aside the full eight hours for your interview. Your actual interview day will be over after your personal interview, so if your interview is earlier, your day will end earlier. While you can't sign up for a personal interview time before your interview day, applicants work out what times work best for everyone. If you have a later interview time, and you're interviewing in-person, you can leave your interview site, get lunch, or talk with other applicants. If you're interviewing virtually you can log off and just come back at your scheduled personal interview time. 

I wasn't able to get all of my documents uploaded by the deadline, should I still attend?
Yes, absolutely! Hopefully you'll be able to upload them as soon as possible, but you should definitely attend your interview in the meantime. You should not; however, bring your documents with you to the interview day. Your interviewers can't collect them, so there's no point in bringing them. Just be sure to upload everything as soon as you can. 

Who are my interviewers?
Your interviewers will be Teach For America staff members. Some of your interviewers might also be Teach For America alumni. During your interview you'll be able to ask them questions about their experience in the classroom if they were teachers, and about Teach For America's mission and work. 

How big will my interview day be?
Most of our interview days have 10 applicants and two interviewers. It's possible that your interview day might be slightly smaller or larger though. If you're interviewing in-person and planning on making copies for your sample teaching lesson, we suggest making 14 total, it's always better to have a little extra! If you're in-person you'll wear name tags during the day, and in virtual interviews you can see each applicant's name on the screen, so you'll be able to easily call on your "students" during your lesson. 

How should I prepare my sample teaching lesson if I'm interviewing virtually?
The virtual and in-person sample lessons have the same requirements and standards: you are teaching a five-minute lesson in any subject area to any grade level ages pre-K-12. The main thing to keep in mind for virtual interviews is you should plan your lesson with the virtual format in mind. For example, during your lesson you'll control the screen and can share files, programs, or your computer's desktop. There is a chat feature which allows you to chat with your group of students, and a virtual whiteboard which allows you to type and draw and allow your students to do the same. Your students will also watch you on your webcam, but keep in mind your visibility is somewhat limited to what is in frame, so we strongly encourage applicants to utilize the virtual features offered.

What will my interview room and group interview be like? What should I bring with me?
Since all our in-person interview spaces are generously donated, this can really vary! We have interview spaces at universities, offices, conference centers, etc. You can verify if your interview room has a whiteboard in it by checking the Interview Details & Directions page. If your lesson relies on any kind of technology you'll have to bring that yourself since we can't guarantee the space will have the required equipment (e.g., a projector or computer). You'll also have to set it up in your one-minute prep period. Be sure to consider this when planning your lesson. The group activity will be the part of the day where you’ll work with your other applicants on solving a problem that real corps members and school districts face. There’s no prep required; just come ready to discuss and problem solve!

We hope you feel prepared and wish you good luck on your interview!

Still have questions? Check out the Help Tool on the Applicant Center.


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