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Updated Jul 15, 2014
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Interviewed at Genentech

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 Question – Technical questions   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Senior Bioprocess Technician Interview

Senior Bioprocess Technician
Oceanside, CA

I applied online and 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


Declined Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Senior Scientist Interview

Senior Scientist

I applied through an employee referral and 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.

Reason 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.)


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

SCS Interview

SCS

I applied through a recruiter and 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 Question – there really weren't any unexpected or difficult questions   Answer Question


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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

QC Associate II Interview

QC Associate II

Interviewed at Genentech

Interview Details – I was an out-of-state applicant and I remember doing a brief phone interview before they asked me to come in for the second interview. The interview was for the whole day pretty much. I met with supervisors, managers, and director. The director asked more of a big picture type of questions such as "Why quality?" Managers were more technical and supervisors were pretty chill like they tried to get to know what kind of person I am.

Interview Question – In terms of assay validation, what would you do when you see a trend of system suitability failure?   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Group Product Manager Interview

Group Product Manager

I applied through other source and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Genentech in June 2014.

Interview Details – 3 rounds of panel interviews, mostly with situational questions, before 1:1 with hiring manager. Tell me about a time when... When interviewing for a management position, be prepared to answer questions about conflict and change management. Some panels skip the situationals and go right toward direct questions like how would you handle ...? Make sure you weave in some of your experience/examples, don't just answer.

Interview Question – Give me a short version of your 30-60-90 day plan. Unexpected because it wasn't a sales position.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Intern Interview

Intern

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Genentech.

Interview Details – Recruitment was through my university. I had several rounds of in-person interviews with multiple department managers. Everyone I met and interviewed with while on-site were incredibly friendly, helpful and encouraging. Although this was a rigorous recruitment process, the interview process was well organized, and I always had a point of contact within the company that was very quick to get back to me.

Interview Question – Walk me through your current research's design.   Answer Question


2 people found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Project Coordinator Interview

Project Coordinator
Vacaville, CA

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Genentech in February 2014.

Interview Details – I went through 3 phone interviews and 1 video conferencing interview before being hired on as a contractor. The interviewers were very nice and explained the role very well. They also explained the scope of their work and how i could be an asset to the team.

Interview Question – How would you complete a project with no help, or resources to finish it?   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Engineer Department Interview

Engineer Department
San Francisco, CA

Interviewed at Genentech

Interview Details – was too personal I feel like I was judged on what I wearing and my shoes and handbag had to be top brand name...the whole dept came in to interview me, I was aked questions like are you a team leader do you wrok well with a group...duh!!!

Reason for Declining – rasicsm


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Biostatistics Programming Internship Interview

Biostatistics Programming Internship

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Genentech.

Interview Details – First applied online through Genentech website, then got email from HR to set up interview and a week after, I had interview with with two employee from Genentech (one is senior sas programmer). The interview was about 40 minutes.

Interview Question – Out of all statistics classes you took, which one is your favorite?   Answer Question

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