What is a Digital Performance Task (DPT)?
A Digital Performance Task (DPT) is an on-demand virtual interview conducted through Hirevue (hirevue.com). You will be asked four questions and given time to prepare and record a video response. You will also be asked to provide a written response to one question. If you are invited to do a Digital Performance Task, you will be provided complete instructions. These interviews can be done at your convenience, any time of day/night. Not all applicants will be required to complete the DPT, but most people will be asked to do so. Those who are not required to do a DPT during the application process may be asked to complete an abbreviated one at a future time, which would be used as a tool to share with our school partners during the placement process.
Time to Complete Your Digital Performance Task
We ask that you complete your DPT within seven days following your invitation to do so. You should plan to spend at least 60-90 minutes total for the practice portion and to complete the formal interview. Once you complete your DPT, it will be reviewed within 3-5 business days. Admissions will email you to inform you if you are or are not moving forward in the application process. (If you need extra time to complete your DPT, please contact email@example.com to request an extension).
Importance of the Digital Performance Task
You should treat the DPT like a real in-person interview and prepare for it like you would any interview. Dress comfortably, but professionally. Just relax and be sure to convey your interest in the Urban Teachers program as well as your passion for serving in high-need, low-income urban communities!
Tips for a Completing a Successful Digital Performance Task
When preparing for your DPT, make sure you are familiar with our program by reviewing our website (www.urbanteachers.org) and taking a moment to watch our informational webinar about the DPT (click here.). Be sure you can articulate why you want to work with Urban Teachers.
As you prepare for your DPT, please keep in mind the core competencies Urban Teachers seeks:
- Achievement Orientation
- Fit with Urban Teachers
- Growth Mindset
- Professional Skills
You should treat this performance task like a real interview and dress comfortably, but professionally (business casual). Please find a quiet place where you can complete the performance task without interruption. Be sure to practice! You should plan to spend at least an hour to 90 minutes total for the practice portion and to complete this digital portion of your application process. The practice questions provided by HireVue (and its timing) are unrelated to the Urban Teachers questions in the recorded portion of the interview. Urban Teachers will also provide you with additional practice questions that will be similar to what you can expect during the Digital Performance Task. You can do the performance task via the web camera on your computer or through your tablet. HireVue provides help and detailed instructions (click here), as well as support if you have technical difficulties. (1.800.655.4106 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
You will be asked to complete four verbal digital video responses and two written responses. For written responses, you will have 20 minutes to complete each question, although it likely will not require all that time. Again, we recommend you watch our Tips from an Urban Teacher. For digital video responses, you will have up to three minutes to prepare for each question and three minutes to answer (it is not required to use all time). You will have multiple opportunities to practice before you start the interview, but once you start, like a teacher in the classroom, there is no "do over". You will get one chance to answer each question—just as if it was a phone interview. Answer every part of every question. Please talk in great detail about yourself. So, relax and enjoy the experience as we get to know you even better!