Anonymous User wrote:What does this mean for those of us who have heard nothing whatsoever about reference checks?
I have not yet heard anything about reference checks, but the person I called today (she was listed on the interview email) said that selections had not been completely made yet and that they were still considering the March and May classes. I specifically asked her if that meant that people who haven't received reference checks inquiries yet were still in the running and she said yes. I also tried calling HR, but they don't seem to be in the office. I would just like to know who said all offers (soft and firm) have been made. I just want closure at this point (even if it's a rejection, which is looking most probable), but it's hard to have closure when I am getting conflicting info on this forum and from the person listed on the interview email.
I'm the one who posted just above that made the call and talked to Ms. McGrath. As I've learned from all this today, I would trust what you hear on the phone from the USPTO over what you read here.
That being said, after looking back at posts from previous years, and based on what I was told in my interview, requests for reference checks are generally made right after they stop interviewing. Again, only take this as much as it's worth coming from a random internet person, but I would imagine that not receiving that request for reference checks is a bad sign. If that ends up being the case, I'm sorry and wish you better luck next round.
Edit: I missed this part
I specifically asked her if that meant that people who haven't received reference checks inquiries yet were still in the running and she said yes.
If she said that, then trust her over us. Good luck!