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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #990 on: Jun 5th, 2007, 4:24pm »
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careerexaminer:
 
After reading numerous post on this forum, it seems that there is NO standard sequence of steps in terms of what happens after applying online.
 
In my case, about 1 week after I completed the questionaire online (kind of personality, psychology, and rating by other people type of questions), I received a phone call from HR to schedule an interview with a SPE. Then, after about 10 days, I had the interview which took about 35 minutes on the phone.
 
I am sure some other candidates may have a different path/experience.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #991 on: Jun 5th, 2007, 5:27pm »
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on Jun 4th, 2007, 6:39pm, careerexaminer wrote:
I have a nephew who is currently applying for USPTO job.  He received the result letter stating that he is tentatively qualified along with the request to fill out the questionair.  
 
What are next ??  how long ??
 
thanks.
 

 
 
From what I had read on this forum, there seems there is no standard steps of sequence after an online application is files.
 
After I applied online, I got an email asking me to complete an online questionaire which I did. Then about a week later, I got a phone call from the HR to schedule for a phone interview with one of their SPE. That interview happened about 10 days later. Now, I am waiting for their decision which I was told by the SPE will take about 4-6 weeks.
 
Good luck to myself !
 
 
 
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #992 on: Jun 8th, 2007, 12:45am »
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Hello, I joined the PTA recently and have been liking it so far.  It seems like they've been very careful about not scaring anybody off just yet.
 
My question was if anybody else started out as a GS-5?  I was one of the few MEs  selected (my GPA was a dismal 2.75) albeit from a very good school.  Perhaps I had a really good interview?   I guess I just feel lucky, considering they only hired a few mechanicals and I'm surrounded by so many Masters holders and JDs.
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #993 on: Jun 8th, 2007, 12:48am »
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Hi everyone,
 
I will be starting my position at the USPTO on July 9th 2007 and during my research I have stumbled on this informative forum.
 
It seems that the PE position is a lot more stressful than I imagined. I've also read somewhere that people have been even fired from their jobs. This brings me to my question.
 
How long is the probationary period? I've read somewhere that it was for one year and some other place that it was for two years.  
 
Does the USPTO fire people after this probationary period?
 
 
One of the benefits on their website lists job security. It seems that your job is not as secure as they would like you to think. I'm sure I will do well in my career over there as I am a quick learner and a hard worker but I want to have reasonable expectations as to what my experience is going to be like.
 
Also as a side note, does anyone know of someone that is looking for a roommate? I'm looking for a place to rent/lease by July 1 2007, getting a place on my own will be too expensive. Looking to spend $800 or less
 
please email me if you have any information
 
sam31sam(at)gmail(dot)com
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #994 on: Jun 8th, 2007, 9:24am »
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on Jun 8th, 2007, 12:48am, sam31sam wrote:
Does the USPTO fire people after this probationary period?

 
Of course they do.   The probationary period is a period during which a supervisor can discharge/fire an employee with less due process.   After that, you can be fired for reasons similar to those that would get you fired from any job.
 
Examiners need not worry that they will be layed off because of downsizing or decreased work inventory.   That's really about all of the job security anyone can ever expect unless they work for their dad who won't fire them even if they are caught with their fingers in the till.
 
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