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Updated Nov 20, 2014
Updated Nov 20, 2014
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Denver, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Denver, CO
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Applied in May 2014. Interviewed on 7/24. Interviewer was very courteous, and asked me about my education, followed by several questions on this site. Was told that I did a great job and recommended for 3 areas. Three weeks went by, and did not hear back so called the agency contact, and was told that I was not selected!

    Who tells someone they were a great candidate and recommends them, only to turn around and reject them???

    Interview Questions
    • There were no difficult questions. Just read through the questions given on this site. They ask the same ones over and over again.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    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 July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online through USAJobs.Com and faxed my unofficial transcripts. About a month after the position closed I interviewed with an SPE which went really well and about a month later I got a call from hr with an offer. All the questions asked are already listed on this site BUT be prepared to answer questions about your resume at the end of your interview.Be patient, no news is good news, it took two long months for an offer but it came. If you're currently in the hiring and interviewing process I hope this was helpful and I wish you guys the best of luck.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No Negotiation pay given by GS level
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Online interview, same questions as are described previously. The interviewer was very nice but had no hiring power. His notes are sent to those who do the hiring.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell about a time you had to convince someone of something.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Denver, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Denver, CO
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. Received interview notification two weeks later. Had video interview two weeks after that on 7/24. Standard questions that have been previously listed in other posts. Talk about a time when you had to persuade some one. What would you do if you must finish three projects at the same time. Discussed some of your professional experiences. Overall an smooth interview. Received selection notification exactly two weeks after that.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Patent Examiner Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Submitted Application via USAJobs website. Taken in the cut-off round, though I had thought I missed the cut-off date. Cut-off date was May 26th, received notification of interview ~2 weeks later, interviewed middle of June, received offer at beginning of July. Very quick processing, very timely responses.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions are as listed in other reviews. No surprises. Very nice interviewer (SPE), basically told me she hoped I'd get a job there. Great experience overall. Also pushed back start date by two months to allow me to finish my degree.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. Flexible on start date, salary and benefits are take it or leave it, but with these benefits, its a really nice package anyways.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Design Patent Examiner Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied February 2014 and interviewed mid May 2014. Still currently waiting to hear back but I will definitely update. This site is a great resource for the process. My interview consisted of a 15 minute assessment test - basically to see how well you can identify differences and very minor details. That was followed by a group interview with standard questions (all can be found here).

    Interview Questions
    • Explain the design patent process. This isn't that difficult without proper research here and on their website.   View Answers (7)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    US Patent Examiner Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    The initial process of determining whether I would be referred for an interview took approximately 3 weeks. When I received a call to set up an interview the hiring manager used an outdated calendar for scheduling purposes, which led to some initial confusion. There were two managers who conducted the interview and both were friendly and pleasant. I have an extensive background in art education and it seemed as though the managers were uncertain as to why I would want to leave my present career to become a patent design examiner. The first part of the interview requires you to complete a written examination. I do not suggest interviewing via teleconference as the written exam was provided in a PDF format with a time limit of 15 mins. There was not enough time to print and review the 6 page document and it was extremely difficult to complete scrolling back and forth on a computer screen. It was also necessary to draw and circle specific items on the document, which was nearly impossible to complete in a PDF file with the provided time constraints.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions were quite standard, but be prepared with background knowledge of basic patents. The US Patent Office has a helpful video that is accessible online   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Design Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    The interview process was exactly how others mentioned it would be, except for how unprofessional and rude the main interviewer would be. I had a phone interview by a "panel" of women; yet, there was one main person who asked all the questions. I was ridiculed for having a southern accent although I was born and raised in Michigan. Every answer I provided was brushed over and almost always answered with a "yeah right" attitude. It just felt like she was going through the motions and had no plan to give me a fair and unbiased interview. I can't even put into words how horrible it was.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I applied for several positions and was contacted for an interview a couple weeks after the first position I applied for closed on usajobs. My interviewer said that this interview would be for all positions I have applied for. The interview was 25-30 minutes and all of the questions I was asked were already listed here (describe a time you had to present technical info, describe a time you received constructive criticism and how you reacted, describe a time when you had to persuade someone you worked for). The questions were very detailed - for example, for describing presentation of technical info, interviewer asked what my role was, how i conducted research, problems I ran into, how I resolved them, what the outcome was, etc. The interviewer also asked a few questions from my resume about classes and work experience. At the end of the interview, I was able to ask a few questions and the interviewer briefly talked about the patent training academy. The interview was conducted on webex but my computer audio wouldn't work so I had to use my cell phone, which was kind of awkward. The interviewer was very kind and easy to talk to. I was not given a time frame as to when to expect to hear from HR, but the interviewer said "soon"...

    Update: my status switched to "selected" on USA Jobs about 2 weeks after the interview and the next day I got a call offering me the job.

    Interview Questions
    • No unexpected questions, but the amount of detail asked for was unexpected   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Junior Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    The interviewer did a phone interview and it lasted 30~35 minutes. The questions were pretty standard, but the ones I recall were:
    1. Is there a particular area of technology you'd be interested in?
    2. Describe a technical project for which you had to do extensive research.
    3. Describe a task / project that you had to accomplish with a short turn around time.
    4. If you were given 4 projects, all with the same importance and same deadlines, how would you prioritize these projects so that all 4 a completed on time?
    5. Describe a situation in which you received constructive criticism about work you have done.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were not difficult, all of them pretty standard. The interviewer mentioned that he is required to ask all applicants a set of standard questions.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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