US Patent and Trademark Office Examiner Interview Questions

Updated Apr 20, 2015
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Interview

    I applied online and got a response like in 1 month. I received an email asking for a phone interview. I did an awesome interview because all the questions are the same. She asked me about my resume etc. All the questions are here in the site.

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    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office.

    Interview

    I applied to this job in November. A few weeks later I was asked to verify I was a Bar member in good standing. Another week later I was asked to write a statement identifying my communication skills, legal skills, and ability to work independently and efficiently. Two weeks later I was given a interview slot - January. Therefore, the process took two months. I was interviewed by three people. The interview was very engaging. The process of becoming a trademark examining att'y was explained and what was to be expected. They explained that the job was fast-paced and asked me to demonstrate a time when I had to work fast and efficiently.

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    Junior Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office.

    Interview

    Was contaced via email that the company wanted to interview me. The interview was done using video conferencing. I had a feeling part of the initial test was to see if you were able to follow instructions in order to get the video conferencing to work properly. There were about 10 questions asked of you and all of the questions are fairly common.

    Interview Questions

    • what would you do if given two tasks and how would you handle it?   Answer Question
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Salt Lake City, UT) in January 2015.

    Interview

    We tried to do it via WebEx, but it wasn't working on my computer. So instead we did it over the phone. She started off by explaining the training and what to expect. Then she asked a set of behavioral questions. All of the questions she asked were on this site. I thought up the answers beforehand which is important. After she asked the questions she asked if I had any questions for her. It's always good to have at least a couple of questions ready. The interview lasted for about an hour. One week later I was offered the position in Alexandria starting at a GS-7 step 10.

    Interview Questions

    • Have you ever been given a task that had a quick turnaround, and if so how quick and how did you handle it? Have you ever been given positive criticism and how did you handle it? Have you ever had to convince an employer to your viewpoint, and how did it turn out? Have you ever had to do extensive research on a project, and how did you go about the research?   1 Answer
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
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    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in December 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online and was contacted about a week after the posting closed. If you're referred for an interview they give you one date and time for a phone interview that can absolutely not be changed. The phone interview lasts about 30 minutes. There are 2 or 3 typical behavioral questions for example: if you have 3 tasks due at the same time how do you prioritize them.

    Interview Questions

    • Interviewer seemed a little unprepared. Asked about past projects, what department you were interested in, why you want to work there. All pretty standard.   1 Answer
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    Patent Examiner (Mechanical) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
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    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in December 2014.

    Interview

    I applied online through the usajobs site. The posting closed in mid October, 7 weeks later, early December, I had an interview. The interview was simply done over the phone. All the questions have already been enumerated on glassdoor.

    2 weeks after the interview I received an email containing a tentative offer and directions to fill out a background check form.

    Interview Questions

    • (1) How would you handle four tasks of equal priority?

      (2) Give an example of a time when you had to make a persuasive argument, how did you accomplish it and what was the outcome?

      (3) Describe a situation /project you had to prepare a technical paper/presentation.
       - also, describe databases you utilized...

      (4) How did you cope with a difficult co-worker?
       
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    Negotiation

    No, based on GS scale.

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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    No Offer
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    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office.

    Interview

    I applied online and several weeks after the position opening closed I received an email saying I met the minimum qualifications, several weeks later I received an email saying I had been referred, and then a week or so later I received an email offering me an interview. It was a phone interview with general experience/interests questions and 4 behavioral questions.

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    • Describe a time when you had to persuade someone of your point of view. What did you do and what was the outcome?   1 Answer
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in November 2014.

    Interview

    I applied on USA Jobs for the round of job announcements that closed on 10/19. I got an email about 4 weeks later saying that I was scheduled for a WebEx interview, which took place about a week later.

    The four main interview questions were the exact same as others have posted.

    I was interviewed by a supervisory patent examiner who just seemed to be following the script and was disinterested in the whole process. That would make some sense though as they have no hiring power. Other than that, it was okay as it was straightforward and there were no surprises.

    I have not yet received an offer but will update if I do.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a project with extensive research.   Answer Question
    • How would you prioritize 4 projects due at the same time and with the same importance?   Answer Question
    • Give an example of a time when you had to make a persuasive argument. How did you accomplish it and what was the outcome?   Answer Question
    • Describe a situation in which you received constructive criticism about work you have done and how you handled it.   Answer Question
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
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    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 8 weeksinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in November 2014.

    Interview

    I applied through the usajobs site. The posting closed in mid October. Four weeks later, in mid November, I had the interview. The interviewer was really nice and the questions were the same as seen in glassdoor. I didn't use Webex. It was only a phone interview. The best thing is to prepare really well for all the questions listed in glassdoor.

    3 weeks after the interview, I was sent a form to fill out and email back. After I emailed the form back, I received another email with the offer within a day.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you handle four tasks of equal priority?
      How did you cope with a difficult co-worker?
      Describe a situation/project you had to prepare a technical paper/presentation.
      Give an example of a time when you had to make a persuasive argument, how did you accomplish it and what was the outcome?
       
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    Negotiation

    There was no negotiation.

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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
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    No Offer
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    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in November 2014.

    Interview

    Applied through USAJobs back in September, and the position closed sometime in October. Received frequent email updates and finally an invitation to an Interview in November. Interview was done through Webex (webcam optional), and I was asked the same questions already mentioned in other glassdoor posts. Interview lasted about 30 minutes total.

    Interviewer was friendly, but English was not her native language. Like other people mentioned, the interviewer doesn't really have any hiring power.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions asked:

      1. When is your earliest availability?
      2. Describe a time when you received constructive criticism and how you handled it.
      3. Describe a time when you had to take on a project that required extensive research.
      4. Describe a time when you had a very short deadline to complete a project/task.
       
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