US Patent and Trademark Office Patent Examiner Interview Questions

Updated Mar 13, 2015
Updated Mar 13, 2015
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Patent Examiner Interview

Anonymous Employee
Anonymous Employee
Application Details

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

Interview Details

I applied online and got a response like in 1 month. I received an email asking for a phone interview. I did an awesome interview because all the questions are the same. She asked me about my resume etc. All the questions are here in the site

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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office.

    Interview Details

    Applied at mid october thru usajobs. After two weeks I got an email for schedule an interview thru WebEx, I got time to check my system works with the webpage. The interview was schedule for 1 month after the email, the interviewer was friendly and things went well, she told me that I will receive the decision by 2-3 weeks after the day of the interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    I applied online using USAJOBS.gov , then after 10 days received email to submit more documents. Two weeks later I received invitation by email for the interview using WebEX with attached file (Candidate Interest Questionnaire). The interview was scheduled one week after the email. I did the interview and the lady was very nice she was from the HR, we did the interview using both camera and voice. The interview took 45 minutes at the end she told me to wait for the response which will take between 4-6 weeks.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions are similar to one mentioned on this website:
      Describe a time when you had to persuade someone of your point of view. What did you do and what was the outcome?
      Have you ever had to do extensive research on a project, and how did you go about the research?
      When was the last time you had an assignment that had to get completed quickly and how did you organize/manage your time.
      Have you ever been given positive criticism and how did you handle it?
      She asked me some questions about my background study, my previous job. But she didn't ask me anything about the USPTO.
       
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    I applied online and got a response like in 1 month. I received an email asking for a phone interview. I did an awesome interview because all the questions are the same. She asked me about my resume etc. All the questions are here in the site.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    We tried to do it via WebEx, but it wasn't working on my computer. So instead we did it over the phone. She started off by explaining the training and what to expect. Then she asked a set of behavioral questions. All of the questions she asked were on this site. I thought up the answers beforehand which is important. After she asked the questions she asked if I had any questions for her. It's always good to have at least a couple of questions ready. The interview lasted for about an hour. One week later I was offered the position in Alexandria starting at a GS-7 step 10.

    Interview Questions
    • Have you ever been given a task that had a quick turnaround, and if so how quick and how did you handle it? Have you ever been given positive criticism and how did you handle it? Have you ever had to convince an employer to your viewpoint, and how did it turn out? Have you ever had to do extensive research on a project, and how did you go about the research?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I applied online and several weeks after the position opening closed I received an email saying I met the minimum qualifications, several weeks later I received an email saying I had been referred, and then a week or so later I received an email offering me an interview. It was a phone interview with general experience/interests questions and 4 behavioral questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time when you had to persuade someone of your point of view. What did you do and what was the outcome?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied on USA Jobs for the round of job announcements that closed on 10/19. I got an email about 4 weeks later saying that I was scheduled for a WebEx interview, which took place about a week later.

    The four main interview questions were the exact same as others have posted.

    I was interviewed by a supervisory patent examiner who just seemed to be following the script and was disinterested in the whole process. That would make some sense though as they have no hiring power. Other than that, it was okay as it was straightforward and there were no surprises.

    I have not yet received an offer but will update if I do.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a project with extensive research.   Answer Question
    • How would you prioritize 4 projects due at the same time and with the same importance?   Answer Question
    • Give an example of a time when you had to make a persuasive argument. How did you accomplish it and what was the outcome?   Answer Question
    • Describe a situation in which you received constructive criticism about work you have done and how you handled it.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 8 weeksinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied through the usajobs site. The posting closed in mid October. Four weeks later, in mid November, I had the interview. The interviewer was really nice and the questions were the same as seen in glassdoor. I didn't use Webex. It was only a phone interview. The best thing is to prepare really well for all the questions listed in glassdoor.

    3 weeks after the interview, I was sent a form to fill out and email back. After I emailed the form back, I received another email with the offer within a day.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you handle four tasks of equal priority?
      How did you cope with a difficult co-worker?
      Describe a situation/project you had to prepare a technical paper/presentation.
      Give an example of a time when you had to make a persuasive argument, how did you accomplish it and what was the outcome?
       
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    There was no negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Patent Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    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.
       
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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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