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C. M.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #160 on: Jul 21st, 2005, 10:04am »
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I applied to the USPTO about two weeks ago and received an email about an interview.  
 
The problem I have is that I am not graduating until December (PhD) and did not expect to receive anything until later this year since I cannot start at their Dec start date.  I live in Baton Rouge, LA and me being a student, the approx. $400 plane ticket is not something that is easy for me to handle.  
 
This may sound crazy but is there anyway that I could maybe defer the interview until the next hiring phase so that it would be closer to my graduation date which would give me a chance to look at all my options more thoroughly without hurting my chances of being hired at the USPTO?  Thanks for the advice.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #161 on: Jul 21st, 2005, 11:06am »
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C.M.,  
 
I also applied to the USPTO about 2 weeks ago and I have not heard anything so consider yourself lucky.
 
Think about going anyway. Getting a job takes time and money. I know the trip seems costly but there are ways to reduce it.
 
A quick search on kayak.com shows that the flights from BTR to BWI should run you closer to $200 roundtrip, depending of course on how soon the interview is and how long you are planning to stay. There is a bus connection from BWI to the Metro system. You can learn more about it:
 
http://www.bwiairport.com/ground_transportation/washington_dc__wmata_/
 
BWI is much cheaper than DCA or IAD, the official DC airports.
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C.M.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #162 on: Jul 21st, 2005, 11:30am »
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I think its my nerves....   I dont really do well on flights...i tend to get airsick.   Embarassed    
 
But thanks for the info...thats good to know.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #163 on: Jul 21st, 2005, 12:54pm »
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I actually had my pre-screen (1st interview over the phone) as well as my second and they hired me.  So if you can show that you cannot easily make it to DC for the interview I am sure they can accomodate you at least for the 1st one (and the fact they only took 2 weeks to get back to you means they may be more willing to talk over the phone), but like the previous poster said I would do whatever it takes to get that offer in your hands so that in december its a viable option instead of being lost in the mix with thousands of other applications.  Good Luck.
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C.M.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #164 on: Jul 21st, 2005, 2:52pm »
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Well, I accepted the interview.  Thanks larkas for the flight info....I was not aware of that website.  
 
I was wondering if anyone had any advice about the interview...like what kind of questions they ask, what kind of questions should I ask?
 
I intend to research what goes into being a patent agent and what I can expect (I know the basics but wanted to learn more of the specifics)  
 
Also, I know it is a casual work environment but I was still going to wear a suit....anyone have any insight on wardrobe selection?  
 
Thanks a lot for all the help.   Wink
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