US Patent and Trademark Office Interview Questions in Washington, DC

Updated Aug 11, 2015
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Washington, DC) in April 2015.

    Interview

    The process was smooth. I applied online via USAjobs and received an email about a month later saying I made the second cut-off. Then about 2 weeks later I received an email that I was referred to a selecting official. A couple weeks after that I was sent an email with a time and date for an interview via WebEx. The interview was simple and straightforward. All the questions are here on glassdoor. It's been about 2 weeks and I'm waiting to hear back.

    Interview Questions

    • No questions were unexpected   1 Answer
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I applied on or about December 2014. I was interviewed on April 7. First we tried to connect on video but that didn't work so he called me on phone. Interview went pretty smooth, he described the all the process and expections, that lasted about 20-25 minutes. It's been 5 weeks now but I still haven't heard anything from them yet, so I gave up all the hopes now. But I will update it if I hear abything from them.

    Interview Questions

    • He asked me all the behavioral questions, nothing about the electrical engineering. Four projects at the same time how would you handle, any positive critism, have you ever persuaded somebody ... Like that   Answer Question
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 days. I interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I was interviewed by phone. Interviewer asked the five questions, each of which is described in several related Patent Examiner interview posts on this site. The interview was an SPE (as opposed to an HR Hiring Manager) and he did not ask for any details or clarifications. I don't believe that there was a stated time limit for each answer.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe how you would prioritize four things that need to be completed at the same time.   Answer Question
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    Attorney-advisor, Trademarks Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    The HR department set up an interview after I had applied through USA Jobs and submitted a personal statement (along with the other required documentation). I had an interview over the Internet because the weather was nasty in January. It was a very pleasant interview overall, and the three-person panel made me feel comfortable. Connecting with the server system was a little tricky at first, but the sound and visuals were good. I interviewed with three upper management people. It lasted about 30 minutes. I did get a second and third interview as well.

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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in December 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online and was contacted about a week after the posting closed. If you're referred for an interview they give you one date and time for a phone interview that can absolutely not be changed. The phone interview lasts about 30 minutes. There are 2 or 3 typical behavioral questions for example: if you have 3 tasks due at the same time how do you prioritize them.

    Interview Questions

    • Interviewer seemed a little unprepared. Asked about past projects, what department you were interested in, why you want to work there. All pretty standard.   1 Answer
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in November 2014.

    Interview

    Applied through USAJobs back in September, and the position closed sometime in October. Received frequent email updates and finally an invitation to an Interview in November. Interview was done through Webex (webcam optional), and I was asked the same questions already mentioned in other glassdoor posts. Interview lasted about 30 minutes total. Interviewer was friendly, but English was not her native language. Like other people mentioned, the interviewer doesn't really have any hiring power.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions asked: 1. When is your earliest availability? 2. Describe a time when you received constructive criticism and how you handled it. 3. Describe a time when you had to take on a project that required extensive research. 4. Describe a time when you had a very short deadline to complete a project/task.   8 Answers
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in August 2014.

    Interview

    The hiring process took 6+ weeks. After 3 weeks of the cut-off I was scheduled for an interview. The interview was very easy. They basically ask the same questions listed here. Two weeks after my interview I received an email saying that I was selected and I will be receiving and official offer soon.

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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Arlington, VA) in July 2014.

    Interview

    Applied through usajobs.gov. After the application it took almost 4 months for me to get an interview. Once i got the interview it was pretty simple all the question are mentioned here. It lasted about 40 mins but thats because the lady was just explaining the duties. Also the interview was through webcam but it didn't work for me so we just talked over the phone.

    Interview Questions

    • Is there a particular area of technology you'd be interested in?
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    • Describe a technical project for which you had to do extensive research.
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    • 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?
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in July 2014.

    Interview

    The interview was by phone, but very similar to an in-person interview. There was also a video conference option, but we did not make use of this facility. We discussed how I might handle different scenarios discussed elsewhere on this site such as how I handle criticism and reviewed some elements of my resume and prior experience. The interviewer also provided an opportunity for me to ask questions and we discussed general working conditions.

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    US Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in May 2014.

    Interview

    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   1 Answer
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