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Junior Patent Examiner Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

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

Interview Details

phone interview, quick and painless if you know your stuff

Interview Questions
  • 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
Accepted Offer

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    Junior 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 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Junior 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 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 Questions
    • "Why should we hire you?" It was the first question asked.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotation. Take it or leave it.
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Junior Patent Examiner Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed 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 Questions
    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.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Junior Patent Examiner Interview

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

    The process took 5 weeksinterviewed 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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