Anonymous User wrote:Just found this thread for the first time and want to outline what I've been through in case it helps anyone. I interviewed right after Thanksgiving, and was told offers would go out Monday 12/11. I got a call on 12/14 asking for permission for them to contact my references. I was told that my references would be contacted the following week, and I would receive a call from HR within a week or two with an offer. I was contacted on 12/19 by a reference to let me know they had received contact from the USPTO. On 12/20, someone from the USPTO called me to say that they had contacted all my references but heard nothing back yet, and asked if I had additional references. I said I could, but the caller said not to worry as only a day had passed, and understood that because of the time of year it might take a few days, and said he would get back to me the next day.
I haven't heard anything since then. My guess is that the person who called me was trying to get things squared away before they went on vacation. If any of you are in the DC area, you know how quiet it is. I assume we'll hear by the end of the week or early next week, but fingers crossed for something sooner... Given how they've been simultaneously moving very quickly yet so slowly, who knows?
Thank you for sharing, this is super helpful! What is your start date? I'm (im)patiently waiting for an update after an e-mail about reference checks. My references have not been called yet, and I'm wondering who to talk to if I don't hear anything by early next week. Do you know if the managing attorneys handle reference checks, or does someone from HR do it?