Patent Examiner Hiring Timeline

This chart is representative of the usual hiring process.

Ten-week examiner hiring timeline. Further details provided below.


Description of the "Patent Examiner Hiring Process (10-week timeline)" is below. After the Job Opportunity announcement (JOA) closes on, the 10-week timeline begins as follows: 

  • Week 1-2 : HR Reviews applications for qualifications (2 weeks)
  • Weeks 3 - 8: Hiring officials review applications, conduct interviews, and make selections (4-6 weeks)
  • After Week 8, USAJOBS sends a status update: "Selected" or "Not Selected"
  • Weeks 9-10: HR extends job offers (1-2 weeks)