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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #165 on: Jul 21st, 2005, 8:05pm »
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Hey C.M,
You can't go wrong with a suit.  I had my second interview a couple of weeks ago (offer letter coming soon, according to HR) and I went dressed in a suit.  The second interview is just mainly getting to know your supervisor and the job.  So don't worry too much, but always be prepared to answer any in-depth technical questions (I didn't get asked any though).
Good Luck!
Anyone have any opinions on living at the ****n at Carlyle?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #166 on: Jul 25th, 2005, 11:25am »
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I only had one interview, did it by phone, and they offered me a job at the end of the interview. They put me on hold for about 20 seconds then came back with the offer. I really wouldn't sweat it that much; it was the easiest interview i've ever had by far.  
 
If its a business casual environment then don't wear a suit on the job (to the interview it wouldn't hurt though). I serioiusly doubt anyone will care if you're wearing a suit or not. Personally i'm looking forward to a more casual environment after years of working at firms that require more.
 
Last week i received my HR job offer packet from the USPTO (they spelled my name wrong and switched a couple of numbers in the address so its a miracle i got it at all ... ah, our government at work...). I was also approved at the ****n Carlylye for an apartment.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #167 on: Jul 26th, 2005, 8:26am »
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I tried asking about a phone interview and the interview process as a whole and got an email back stating that they could not reschedule the interview.  
 
He also informed me that I would be interviewed in front of a panel of supervisors and that it would last 30 min.  
 
Thanks for the information DCbound and noob...seems like everyone is getting phone interviews except me.  Undecided  Is this panel the same type of interview you guys had?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #168 on: Jul 26th, 2005, 8:44am »
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on Jul 26th, 2005, 8:26am, C.M. wrote:
I tried asking about a phone interview and the interview process as a whole and got an email back stating that they could not reschedule the interview.  
 
He also informed me that I would be interviewed in front of a panel of supervisors and that it would last 30 min.  
 
Thanks for the information DCbound and noob...seems like everyone is getting phone interviews except me.  Undecided  Is this panel the same type of interview you guys had?  

 
I was interviewed by two supervisors, which could be a panel i suppose.  Undecided At the beginning of the interview they introduced themselves and one of them joked that their names would be on a test at the end. I joked back that i would be sure to write that down -  I knew it was going to be an easy interview right then!
 
Good luck - although i don't think you'll need it. If you got the interview you probably have the job.
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #169 on: Jul 27th, 2005, 9:01am »
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I have been an examiner for 5 years and I interned here for a few semesters and the summer while I was in grad school in the DC metro area. When I was near graduating I was interviewing with other companies for an engineering postion. Oh first let me say, there are a number of factors that can affect your progress here and major factor is your SPE and the other examiners in your group.  Some SPEs are very helpful while others are not.  It so happens I got lucky and work under a SPE who respects my opinions and early on became pretty confident with my work and decisions.  However there are othe SPEs that give their examiners a hard time and until you become a Primary (4-6yrs) you will rely on your SPE or other Primaries to approve and sign off on your work. OK like I said I was an intern while interviewing I would discuss my offers with my SPE while I had not expressed my interest in being employed herre she one day presented me with an offer to pay for the remaining portion of grad school (cause I was just considering dropping out) and matching the highest salary offer I had recieved. I accepted and have here since.  It has it's perks...I have recieved numerous bonuses and have recieve promotions yearly...and a pay increase of over 35,000 from my starting salary over 5 years....I don't know if the average salary increase in the private sector is the same for I have some friends who are engineers that are competing for postions and pay and have not recieved the same type of salary.  Plus you get a cost of living raise every year approx 3-4% along with your promotions.  As long as you meet your goals there's no micromanaging or harrassment at least that's the personal relationship I have with my SPE.  Things are beginning to change around here though, and become a little more uncomfortable for Upper Management is putting pressure on the SPEs and examiners to meet unreasonable goals and they are considering changing the patent prosecutin process and which if it is approved will greatly affect the performance of examiners.  With issues like that hanging in the midst examiners are starting to feel a little  Cry about the postion.  But ultimately in my opinion its what you make of it....
 
 
 
on May 2nd, 2005, 11:06pm, jdhawk05 wrote:
Any examiners browsing this message board?  I'd like to hear your alls take on working at the PTO, the experience and training you felt you received, and how many attorneys work there as examiners...
 
Guest, I see many firms that require examiner experience...I find it difficult to believe that experience at the PTO is a negative, but maybe you can fill me in...
 
One other thing...anyone read USA Today today (5/2)?  There was an article about the PTO adding 900 examiner positions...any idea of how they will allocate those positions among the different technology groups?
 
 
 
 

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