I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in September 2013.
Interview Details – Applied online in late July and was emailed a phone interview offer in early September. The interview was very basic and scripted. All of the questions asked were already posted here. The actual interview lasted about 20 minutes and then there was a 10 minute time period in which the interviewer kept asking if I had any questions. Still haven't heard anything back since the interview.
Interview Question – When was there a time you had to convince your supervisor and what did you do to try to persuade them? Describe a situation when you received constructive criticism and how did you handle it? Answer Question
Interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office
Interview Details – I learned about the USPTO at a college fair. The representatives basically looked at your degree and GPA on your resume and told you what you'd make when you started. There wasn't a real interview after you apply to the job, just a phone call telling you when you could start and to get back to them in a week.
Interview Question – There were no questions. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 7 months - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in June 2012.
Interview Details – There was a phone interview with two supervisors whom you will never speak to again. They tell you about the job and ask if it would be something for you. After about a month, you have to fill in about 25 pages of the routine hiring paperwork (tax forms and legal). During the probationary period, they assess if they like you or not.
Interview Question – It was just a routine interview. Would this be something that you would like? View Answer
Negotiation Details – It was take it or leave it.
I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in September 2013.
Interview Details – I have interviewed for the position, but not yet heard back. The interview was offered by email about one month after the position closed on USAJobs. Expect less than a weeks notice that you need to be available at a certain date and time. I was called on time by a single interviewer who was professional and polite. Her questions lasted about 15 minutes of about a 35 minute interview. At the end of the interview she excused herself because she had to move on to the next interview on her schedule..
Interview Question – The interview seems to be largely scripted and has been fully described in the other comments. There will be plenty of time for the obligatory "what questions do you have for me" to establish a connection with the interviewer and demonstrate how you interact with people over the phone (which is really an important skill for this job). View Answer
I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in September 2013.
Interview Details – Applied online on USAjobs.gov and submitted all documents. The timeline of application was exactly as they had said. Within 2 weeks of the closing date I received an email that they had gotten my documents and application and that I do qualify for the position. Then within a week I got another email that my application was forwarded to the hiring manager who would then make a decision whether to interview me or not. Within a week of that I got another email that I got an interview the following week and the time was fixed and could not be changed. So I prepped the best I could. All the questions mentioned on here were pretty much the same verbatim except they definitely had 20 questions in a row saying the same thing. The guy interviewing me seemed like he was uninterested in my answers and just wanted to get off the phone and go to the bathroom or something. Not sure. Unless that is just how he is. First off, he had an accent which was hard to understand so I had to repeat the questions to make sure I understood him. And when I started to answer he would be like "yeah yeah yeah uh huh uh huh uh huh" like he was listening but he wasn't Because I said something like "While i was working at ___" and he would go "yeah yeah yeah!!" before I got to the answer to his question! So weird. But when it came to me asking questions he seemed more relaxed and answered them (though I think he heard something different for some of my questions). I don't think he took any notes on my answers. He seemed content as long as I answered something! Not sure if I got the offer (probably not) but I will update it if I get a response within 30 days.
Interview Question – Nothing was difficult because it was all expected Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office.
Interview Details – I interviewed in June of 2013. The interview questions were:
•Define the USPTO and what they do.
•Describe the last confrontational situation you were in and how you solved it.
•Describe a situation/project where you had to prepare a technical paper/presentation.
•When was the last time you had an assignment that had to get completed quickly and how did you organize/manage your time.
When was the last time you had to convince your supervisor that he/she did not necessarily believe in and what did you do to try to persuade them.
•How would you describe the process for patents?
•How do you handle constructive criticism?
I was very relaxed, it seemed as if they just wanted to know if you could do a lot of solo work and able to manage several different assignments at the same time. Also, I strongly recommend that you do your research on the art units and technologies. That really helped me out when answering follow up questions from my responses.
Interview Question – When was the last time you had to convince your supervisor that he/she did not necessarily believe in and what did you do to try to persuade them. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – no negotiation, no bonus, no relocation expenses
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.
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office.
Interview Details – Only phone interview
Interview Question – None of the questions were hard Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office.
Interview Details – Interviewed with USPTO in June for the patent examiner position. Interview was quite quick and simple. Asked questions regarding how to handle four tasks of similar importance, how you deal with constructive criticism etc...
Interview Question – How would you handle four tasks of equal priority? Answer Question
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