The first thing we look for is teaching experience, a rigorous education, and an impressive record of professional and academic achievement.
During the phone interview, we ask candidates to teach us a lesson on the fly, how they would handle tough tutoring situations, and test for subject expertise.
After the phone interview, we have potential Smart Alecs come into our office to teach a demo lesson in their subject area. This gives our team a chance to meet each candidate and evaluate their teaching abilities.
For applicants outside of the New York metro area, we allow prospective Smart Alecs to record their own demo lesson videos at home. We use this video to evaluate a tutor’s teaching abilities in place of the in-person lesson.
We run a background check on every tutor as part of our commitment to the highest standards of quality and safety. Read more about our background checks here.
Finally, all remaining candidates are reviewed by team members on our internal rating system to ensure that they’ve consistently met our rigorous standards of excellence.
Out of every 100 applicants, fewer than 4 earn the right to call themselves a Smart Alec.