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For the best chance of success in an interview with a patent firm it is important to be prepared. Recruitment consultants Dawn Ellmore Employment take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions…

What questions may be asked during the interview?

The main questions during the interview will be specifically related to why you would like to enter the profession, and why the particular position on offer is of interest to you. To make the best impression to the interviewer, try and make the answers you give as personal as possible and not something that you have read on the internet. Interviewers want to hear something different, rather than the same answer they have heard many times before. Below are a list of questions that are likely to come up during the interview:

  • Why do you want to be a patent attorney / trade mark attorney?
  • What are the typical duties of a patent attorney / trade mark attorney?
  • What is the examination process of becoming a UK/Chartered Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney / Registered Trade Mark Attorney?
  • When/where did you hear about the profession?
  • What were the positives and negatives of your degree?
  • Explain some of the projects that you worked on in more detail…
  • What interests you about the position with…?
  • Why are you interested in working in this location?
  • What do you know about the company?

Other questions may be based around your degree(s) and on your CV.

To help you further prepare read our article on Interview Tips to Help you Succeed

Looking for a position as a patent / trade mark attorney? Dawn Ellmore Employment have over 30 years of intellectual property recruitment experience and work on a variety of intellectual property roles at graduate level in the IP sector. Please visit the Dawn Ellmore Employment website to send through your CV and discuss further.

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