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Junior Patent Examiner Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took a day – interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in November 2008.
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.
- How do you react to criticism? Answer Question
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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I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in February 2012.
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.
- "Why should we hire you?" It was the first question asked. Answer Question
No negotation. Take it or leave it.
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I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in January 2010.
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.
- 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
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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I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in February 2014.
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.
- Do you know what the patent process is like? What is the role of the patent examiner? Answer Question
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The process took 5 weeks – interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in May 2007.
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.
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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I applied online. The process took a day – interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Arlington, VA) in December 2011.
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.
- What is your understanding of the US and global IP systems? Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in March 2012.
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.
- Tell me how you handle difficult people. Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, VA) in February 2012.
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.
- What was the hardest customer service situation you ever dealt with? Answer Question
There was none. The USPTO runs on government salary structure.
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