US Patent and Trademark Office Examiner Interview Questions

Updated Jul 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)  

    Patent Examiner Mechanical Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Richmond, VA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online - got an email scheduling the interview - video conference with 2 senior examiners - asked about my background - few questions on thermodynamics and fluid mechanics (just basic college level principles and fundamentals) - why I was interested in the job - told them my current job was not challenging and that I like reviewing stuff - asked if I had questions - asked them how they deal with the job when it gets repetitive - they shared their experiences.

    Interview Questions

    • What's the cycle consisting of one constant pressure, one constant volume and two isentropic processes?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiations - accepted to GS-09 step 6

  2. Helpful (4)  

    Patent Examiner GS-09 Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Atlanta, GA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I applied for both Electrical and Computer Engineering a week after the cut-off date got an email from HR that i met minimum Qualifications 1 week after which my application was referred to Hiring manger and was scheduled a Webex interview with 2 SPE's. The Interview was easy they explained about the job functions of a Patent examiner and explained the great flexibility USPTO offers for patent examiners. Interview Questions they asked were the same from glassdor at the end of the interview the SPE told me i don't get a rejection email in a week than thats pretty good as it would take the HR to make decisions. Exactly 3 weeks later I got offered GS-9 step 8 and was offered to choose either Electrical or Computer engineering stream and i picked computer. My profile: MSEE from a good School. I was working as a Senior Network Engineer with AT&T and i had 5 point Veteran preference as a Veteran. I was making the same $ amount of what i was offered @ GS-9 step 8

    Interview Questions

    • How would u prioritize 4 applications/Projects with similar importance?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    You will be offered the GS step based on your GPA , Degree and professional experience thats it ! no negotiations

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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    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

    Interview Questions

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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    Applied at mid october thru usajobs. After two weeks I got an email for schedule an interview thru WebEx, I got time to check my system works with the webpage. The interview was schedule for 1 month after the email, the interviewer was friendly and things went well, she told me that I will receive the decision by 2-3 weeks after the day of the interview.

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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in February 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online using USAJOBS.gov , then after 10 days received email to submit more documents. Two weeks later I received invitation by email for the interview using WebEX with attached file (Candidate Interest Questionnaire). The interview was scheduled one week after the email. I did the interview and the lady was very nice she was from the HR, we did the interview using both camera and voice. The interview took 45 minutes at the end she told me to wait for the response which will take between 4-6 weeks.

    Interview Questions

    • The questions are similar to one mentioned on this website: Describe a time when you had to persuade someone of your point of view. What did you do and what was the outcome? Have you ever had to do extensive research on a project, and how did you go about the research? When was the last time you had an assignment that had to get completed quickly and how did you organize/manage your time. Have you ever been given positive criticism and how did you handle it? She asked me some questions about my background study, my previous job. But she didn't ask me anything about the USPTO.   2 Answers
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    Primary Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    The hiring and interview process went very smoothly. I do not have any complains. I believe that all of the people that assisted me in the hiring and interview process were very helpful, responsive and looking out for my best interst.

    Interview Questions

    • I did not have a difficult or unexpected question   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Non-negotiable

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    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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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    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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    Junior Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    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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