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Alexandria, VA

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in February 2012.

Interview Details – The interview process begins by going registering and uploading your information (e.g., resume, transcripts) at usajobs.gov. Check several boxes in the questionnaire to show you are qualified. In about a month, they make a determine if you are "selected for an interview." After about another month, you are either "selected" or not; it is online.

Interview Question – "Why should we hire you?" It was the first question asked.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotation. Take it or leave it.


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Junior Patent Examiner
Alexandria, VA

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in February 2012.

Interview Details – Four months after I submitted my resume at USAJOBS.gov I received an email stating that I was selected as a possible employee if I submitted a lot of paperwork that was sent along with it; I was given roughly 2 weeks to submit them.

About two weeks after submission I had an interview with a primary examiner and an HR person from the USPTO. They asked questions relating to customer service, technical interests, past experiences at work, and even life questions. The interview was fairly short and the interviewers were very nice.

Less than one month after that I received notification that I had been selected to be hired upon submitting more forms, which I did. From the start of my first contact from the USPTO to when I started was roughly three months.

Interview Question – What was the hardest customer service situation you ever dealt with?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was none. The USPTO runs on government salary structure.


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Junior Patent Examiner

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office.

Interview Details – phone interview, quick and painless if you know your stuff

Interview Question – situational questions about potential obstacles faced on the job   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – them: do you want this job with this salary?
me: yes, thank you, see you soon


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Junior Patent Examiner
Alexandria, VA

The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in May 2007.

Interview Details – 1. Submitted my resume to the USPTO.gov website. Called several times to follow-up, but that did not help. Finally received a call about 5 weeks later. Told them I would be in the D.C. area in a few weeks for a job fair
the USPTO was having. Arranged a meeting then.

2. After that, received another phone-call basically seeing if I could construct an a English with proper sytax and grammar. After that, another 3 weeks passed.
3. Finally, received an email with the offer and salary amount, GS grade. Called and accepted the offer.

Interview Questions

  • Describe a project you worked on.   View Answer
  • Describe your understanding of the Patent Application process.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There was none. Its the Government. GS scale pretty much leaves no room for negatiation. Either you
have the degree/experience or not.


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Junior Patent Examiner
Alexandria, VA

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in November 2008.

Interview Details – Interviews were being held at City College in New York. Everybody first sat through a 30 minute presentation of an overall summary of the job, the facilities on campus, etc. After the presentation, each person was assigned to an interviewer. My interviewer was a SPE- a supervisory examiner- who had a form of generic interview questions (the questions are the same for everyone). It was a pretty easy interview. My interviewer even called human resources to hire me immediately! Basically, you know if you're going to be hired or not after the interview.

Interview Question – How do you react to criticism?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation. You enter the PTO at a certain grade level eg. if you have a masters you enter at GS-9, which has a specific payscale.

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