US Patent and Trademark Office Junior Patent Examiner Interview Questions

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Junior Patent Examiner Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
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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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    Junior Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

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

    Interview

    phone interview, quick and painless if you know your stuff

    Interview Questions

    • situational questions about potential obstacles faced on the job   Answer Question

    Negotiation

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

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    Junior Patent Examiner Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in February 2012.

    Interview

    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

    There was none. The USPTO runs on government salary structure.

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    Junior Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in February 2012.

    Interview

    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

    No negotation. Take it or leave it.

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    Junior Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in January 2010.

    Interview

    Gov form a pain ... interview a breeze. They ask about your school and what areas of technology you are interested in working. The choices are usually dependent upon what the needed areas are at the time. Hopefully, there is an area in which you will be interested in examining. There is a period in which you are there on a trial basis. They can get rid of you at any time. As long as you do not anything really dumb they will not. They have you sign a PAP plan which lays out your expected performance goals. Goals is deceiving, it is more like make your goal (or at least 85%) or they will show you the door.

    Interview Questions

    • They pretty much do not ask much with the exception of what areas you would like to examine in. They take you to several people and they the SPEs talk about what technology their examiners examine in. Make sure you pick an area with the MOST hours per balance disposal possible.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    It was straight up ... there is a published pay scale and they bring you in based on your experience and qualifications. The pay schedule is under GS12-1225. Usually they bring you in as a GS-7. Take the lowest grade you can ... because each grade requires a certain amount of work product output which can be measured. They will get rid of you if you do not make 85% of your expectancy.

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    Junior Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in November 2008.

    Interview

    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

    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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    Junior Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in May 2007.

    Interview

    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.   1 Answer
    • Describe your understanding of the Patent Application process.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    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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