I applied online and the process took 6+ months - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in November 2012.
Interview Details – I applied through usajobs.gov and got email for interview after the 4 weeks of closing date (August 28,2012) and got called in after 4 weeks (December 19, 2012).
Position: Patent Examiner - Electrical Engineer
Interview Question – "What do you know about the USPTO, what it does and its goals?"
"Describe a situation when you received constructive criticism and how did you handle it" Answer
"Describe a time when you had to deal with a difficult customer"
"Give an example of a time when you had to make a persuasive argument, how did you accomplish it and what was the outcome"
"Describe a time when you had to do extensive technical research and had to write a technical report" Answer Question
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