Genentech Interview Questions

Updated Sep 13, 2014
Updated Sep 13, 2014
174 Interview Reviews

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    Intake Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    Applied through a recruiting agency. First, I had to take an online simulation test. Very straight forward and simple, as long as you pay attention. Interviewed in person with two managers. No introduction, just asked three situational questions. Not too difficult but be prepared to come up with specific examples.

    Interview Questions
    • Give an example of a situation when being a "great-listener" benefited you at your previous job?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Clinical Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Genentech in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initial interview is a video interview approximately 22 minutes long if they like your resume. Then a series of other interviews. First in person interview may be with approximately 2 people. The next is with a panel of 5 people. Be prepared to do a mock role play on the products you are interviewing to sell. You will get emailed studies to learn and sell from. Also, be prepared to ride with one or two of their sales people for at least half a day so they can continue to get to know you. Then one or two more interviews after that. Genetech likes the STAR technique for interviewing. Answer with Situation, Task, Activity, and Result. (Research this online if not familiar with technique) One employee I rode with told me that they are a cult not a culture. By the time that was said to me it was apparent. Make sure you really want a position with this company prior to the interview process because if you are currently employed you will need to take a lot of time off to interview with this company.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    The "cult" statement really bothered me plus I was to be selling "me too" drugs. During my ride alongs with their best reps I was not impressed (overall, the reps seemed disengaged and exasperated) and neither were the physicians with the products they were selling.

    Declined Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Salesforce Administrator 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 2 weeks - interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    Phone followed for 3 rounds of F 2 F.it lasted nearly 3 hours.One on one during the first 2 rounds then panel interview.Very professional.gave their current scenarios and operational issues and asked what would be my take on it.

    Great experience though

    Interview Questions
    • About my previous experiences and how I resolved those   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Foundation Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    They conduct behavioral interviews. You need to pull from your work experience and recall times you used problem solving.

    In your answers always give the Situation, the Steps You took and the Outcome.

    Interviews will most likely be conducted by 2 Supervisors. If they ask you for a second interview, it is likely that most of the Supervisors will attend.

    Interview Questions
    • Please recall a time you had a difficult customer. How did you resolve the conflict.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    HR calls you and tells you what the hourly pay will be. They might say that there is no negotiation but you should try negotiating anyways.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    QA Assicuate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    First is a 30min phone interview that focus on technical questions associated with the position. After the initial screening is complete, it's a 2hr long in person interview with 4-5 people. It has both technical and behavioral questions.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    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 staffing agency. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Genentech in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    Started off with a phone interview and went on to meet with the supervisor and people of the group. Everyone was very pleasant and the interview process was smooth, straight forward and to the point.

    It was possible to get a general idea of the culture and work environment for that particular group, as well as the work load that they experienced on an everyday basis.

    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation, since I was hired by a staffing agency
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    (1) A Phone call interview from HR; (2) another phone call interview from future postdoc mentor, (3) a whole day on site interview, meet about 8-10 people, give presentation, (3) wait about 1 month for the offer, the background check was very slow.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Senior Bioprocess Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Oceanside, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oceanside, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Genentech in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    Panel interview most employees start as Temp/Contractor and work 8-12months before hiring. A good talker will get further than a good worker. A firm negotion will help. I

    Negotiation Details
    none accepted offer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ months - interviewed at Genentech in July 2012.

    Interview Details

    Scheduling was a disaster but once set up things proceeded as anticipated. Unfortunately the development and research sides were not in alignment. Roche implementation with Ventana had them uncertain as to the process moving forward and where the department was going. All in all not a great impression to say the least.

    Reasons for Declining

    Group had great deal of trouble even figuring out what they wanted (i.e. what the position would be, who it would report to, etc.)

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    SCS Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Genentech in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    submitted resume to a recruiter agency. the agency connected me with genentech's HR dept and hiring manager, I met with the local manager for an interview, had several other interviews with the DM, RM and sales director before getting my final offer.

    Interview Questions
    • there really weren't any unexpected or difficult questions   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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