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Updated Jan 30, 2015
Updated Jan 30, 2015
186 Interview Reviews

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  1.  

    Coop Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    Included a screening interview that was very technical, a lot of cellular and protein biology questions. I thought the questions would have been very difficult to someone who had no experience in biotech (which I did, I was also a grad student so that could explain the difficulty). Followed by an interview with the hiring manager that was mostly questions about my past experiences.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Clinical Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Newark, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Newark, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    SHARE format, Situation, hinder, action, results and evaluation.

    Bring everything be over prepared. They say it doesn't matter but most franchises prefer therapeutic experience. Oncology managers wants someone who already has access to oncologists.

    Interview Questions
    • What are you working on in your career development?

      Which basically means-what are your weaknesses
       
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Very fair and a generous base salary among biotech companies
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The interview is an all day event, which involves meeting six to eight people. The questions are not difficult, pretty standard questions. The staff seems to be very happy to be working there and show excitement about the work they do.

    Interview Questions
    • Talk about the failures that you have encountered in your career   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Bio Statistician II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Genentech in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, and followed by 30 mins phone interview with HM ( no HR phone screen). Then onsite interview was 2 weeks later, with one day tour before the interview in san francisco which was pretty nice. The tour is for relocation purpose for every candidate.

    The onsite is one day with 1 presentation. People would ask many questions. From my experience, they care most about how your respond to questions, how you present yourself, your manner, courtesy, interaction with audience. Whether your content is related to the position or not is not important.

    8 round one on one meeting with managers and other team players. It was very pleasant experience. People would not ask you hash questions, or obvious behavior questions. They are supper nice and smart people, and test the communication and technical skills by chatting and case study. They would not pick one word from your resume and ask you to explain. It was my most comfortable and pleasant interview experience!

    Interview Questions
    • How to explain p_value and confidence intervals to clinicians?   Answer Question
    • what is the difference between communication with programmers and clinicians?   Answer Question
    • do you see your self as financially oriented or ..? (something like whether you work for financial purpose or science interest? )   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. The package is very generous.
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Manufacturing Bioprocess Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    The whole process was very quick and easy! I got a call out of the blue from a recruiter saying that I was a good fit for a job at Genentech at that she wanted to give them my resume. I agreed and she passed it on, but she warned me that it could take months to hear back from them. However, they emailed her back the next day and wanted me to come in 4 days later for an interview. I had 4 interviews in a 2 hour period, one with each manager and then a fourth with a panel of three people I would work with. Everyone was really friendly and annoyed that they had to go through stock HR questions before getting to know me better. The standard questions were all situational and focus on how you handled certain situations in the past. Once you get past those, they only have a few questions and the conversation becomes much more casual. They give you a ton of time to ask questions at the end of each interview which is a great opportunity to ask about the company and the benefits of working there (which are fantastic). They are really big on teamwork and trying to help people, and it seems that everyone there is very close knit which I liked. All of the managers were cool and I had a good time talking to them, the panel was also great and gave me an opportunity to meet some people I will work with.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Reimbursement Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The interview generally has two mangers and one or two employees to gauge your knowledge of the job. A candidate can expect a question about their skills, previous roles and asked to make a test phone to evaluate your phone skills for this role.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  8.  

    Manufacturing Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Genentech in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I got a phone call from a recruiter about the position. Interviewed with her, and then set up a phone interview. After the phone interview, was asked to come into the facility and do an in person interview. Each last 30 min. The in person interview was with 4 people at a single time, panel style. I was very nervous but answered everything the best I could. When I didn't know something, I was honest that I didn't know.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing outside of regular interview questions involving my behavior and past experience, and what I know about certain details about the position.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None, I was too excited and accepted immediately.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Labware Tech Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    contacted by a recruiter from a job board and was asked to go to an interview. me the hiring manager who was very cordial and respectful. interview was conducted by the hiring manager and a lead from the position. The hiring manager asked simple behavioral questions while the lead was taking notes.

    Interview Questions
    • the supervisor asked simple behavioral questions but made you second doubt your answers. they were looking for confidence more than substance.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    couldnt negotiate a salary as it was a contract job
    Accepted Offer
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    ORDP Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, then got an email for a recorded video interview. It was very awkward and asked behavior based questions. After that, I was asked to do a skype interview with the program director. I was asked a few more behavior questions, why genentech, etc. I skyped with two more people, and had phone interviews with two others. The phone interviews were mainly informative, and there to answer any questions that I had. I got an offer and then Genentech flew me out to see the site and do an area tour of the South San Francisco.

    Interview Questions
    • Which is better, knowing your strengths or your weaknesses? How does this help? (Verbatim)   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Salary was too low to live well in SF (in my opinion)

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Senior Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Genentech in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted initially by an in house recruiter. Good conversations and email with him, followed by phone interview with hiring manager. Flew to SF for full day interview with seminar. Talked with a dozen scientists an RAs of varying levels. All with good scientific and work related personnel questions. Day prior to the interview was taken on an area tour. This was time well spent as I was coming from outside the area. Fantastic group, great process, amazing science.

    Happily, the whole process went very quickly with excellent communication during all phases. HR was working with many candidates so I was appreciative of the timely responses.

    Interview Questions
    • Good questions about my past work, preferred working environment, management structure and style, how I fit into a group, and variation of these.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    This was a bit meh. With CA income tax a great offer turns into a merely good offer. But the relocation and other benefits made that good offer more attractive.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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