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Updated Jan 21, 2015
Updated Jan 21, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    VeteranPatent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Posted resume on USA Jobs. I got a call back in about 2 weeks time. At first I was contacted by Human Resources which told me they were interested and to standby for an upcoming interview. The interview was held over the phone with the person in charge of the veteran's hiring process. The questions that were asked were fairly trivial, run of the mill and mundane; nothing had to do with any engineering...at all. Anyways the experience was fairly simple and easy. The whole entire hiring process was extremely fast for a Federal agency.

    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    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.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I have an interview with patent hiring manager on 20th November 2014. Interview questions were like shown in glassdoor web.Interview process was going very fine.But i don't have an offer yet although passed seven weeks.I think that they aren't hiring me.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Primary Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office.

    Interview Details

    No interview process. Hiring done based on application credentials. Did not meet manager until after I was hired. No interview process. Hiring done based on application credentials. Did not meet manager until after I was hired.

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Applied in May and interviewed in June. Interviewer asked standard behavioral questions that are listed below. There were about 4 behavioral questions and then there was a question about my technical area of interest. Great interview experience even though I didn't receive an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe time with very short deadline.

      How would you prioritize 4 projects due at the same time and with same importance?
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7. 11 people found this helpful  

    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    The hiring process took 6+ weeks. After 3 weeks of the cut-off I was scheduled for an interview. The interview was very easy. They basically ask the same questions listed here. Two weeks after my interview I received an email saying that I was selected and I will be receiving and official offer soon.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process took 6+ weeks. After 3 weeks of the cut-off I was scheduled for an interview. The interview was very easy. They basically ask the same questions listed here. Two weeks after my interview I received an email saying that I was selected and I will be receiving and official offer soon.

    No Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied for the position through usajobs. About two weeks after the close of the post date, I received an e-mail regarding an interview. The interview was a phone conference through webex (webcam not necessary). The interview questions are exactly the same ones posted by other users. They said i should expect to hear from them after a couple of weeks. I will update this post after i hear from them.

    Interview Questions
    • They asked pretty standard behavioral questions. They also asked about my education and past work experience.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    OPLA Patent Examination Policy Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    From the time the application period for the position closed it was roughly a month before I was called for an interview. The interview was with four members of OPLA. They asked questions about current case law (Alice/101 at the time). The interview was very conversational, and one question that was answered often led to other more narrow questions. The length of the interview was about a half hour to forty five minutes long.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Applied online in the mid of April 2014 and got interviewed second week of June 2014. Got the offer after two weeks of interview.

    Got an email to schedule an interview after 1 1/2 month of applying. Scheduled an interview from a week after getting the email and it was a WebEx interview. During the call, there was one hiring manager to whom I talked to. Hiring manager who conducted the interview was friendly and pleasant. She first explained the job requirement and gave a job description. Then she started with the interview. Along with the 4 questions given below, she asked me about my work. The interview call lasted for 45 minutes.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions asked:
      1. Describe a situation/project you had to prepare a technical paper/presentation.
      2. Describe a task/project that you had to accomplish with a short turn around time.
      3. Describe a situation in which you received constructive criticism about work you have done and how you handled it.
       4.Give an example of a time when you had to make a persuasive argument, how did you accomplish it and what was the outcome?

      Give an example for each situation.
       
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    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation.
    Accepted Offer

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