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US Patent and Trademark Office Junior Patent Examiner Interview Questions

Updated Nov 3, 2014
Updated Nov 3, 2014
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Junior Patent Examiner Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied online – interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in April 2014.

Interview Details

The interviewer did a phone interview and it lasted 30~35 minutes. The questions were pretty standard, but the ones I recall were:
1. Is there a particular area of technology you'd be interested in?
2. Describe a technical project for which you had to do extensive research.
3. Describe a task / project that you had to accomplish with a short turn around time.
4. 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?
5. Describe a situation in which you received constructive criticism about work you have done.

Interview Questions
  • The questions were not difficult, all of them pretty standard. The interviewer mentioned that he is required to ask all applicants a set of standard questions.   View Answer
No Offer
Neutral Experience
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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 2014.

    Interview Details

    Via web-ex. Interview was casual. Questions asked could be found online. Interview process took 45 min. SPE was very informative and answered all questions I had about the position as well as the hiring process, including the start date of the next class and how long I should expect to hear back from HR.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you know what the patent process is like? What is the role of the patent examiner?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Junior Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied online in August. I had an interview in September. Interview was a phone interview about 30 minutes long. I was asked the same questions as posted on here, as well as what my interests were so they can place in an art unit. I was informed on the day of the government shutdown I was not selected for the position. Coincidence?

    Interview Questions
    • When did you give a technical presentation? When was the last time you had a confrontation?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Junior Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 March 2012.

    Interview Details

    applied in February, interviewed in March, not selected in April. In applied on USAJOBS.gov - I already had my federal resume prepared. I carefully prepared my cover letter and did a lot of research to prepare for the interview. Perhaps I didn't get an offer because I was too eager, just guessing. One phone interview with 2 patent managers - both were very nice. Asked what I knew about the USPTO, how would I handle difficult people and to give details about my work experience. It was difficult to hear sometimes over the phone because they were both on speakers. I aksed a question but they either misunderstood or gave me additional information so we kind of went round and round on that one. They were very eager to tell me about the orientation and how you would progress in the position.

    Interview Questions
    No 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 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Junior Patent Examiner Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in December 2011.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed with one principal patent examiner and one HR rep at the same time. Was asked to explain my background, qualifications, interest in the job and knowledge of the patent prosecution.

    Interview Questions
    • What is your understanding of the US and global IP systems?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral 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 January 2010.

    Interview Details

    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 Details
    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.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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