I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Onyx Pharmaceuticals.
Interview Details – Got the phone interview through a recruiter followed by an onsite full day interview. Relatively tough technical questions by couple of them.
Interview Question – None of the questions or the process was really unexpected. Answer Question
Interviewed at Onyx Pharmaceuticals
Interview Details – I had an initial phone interview with the direct supervisor of the position, which was more like an introduction to the company and a get-to-know-you type of thing. Next, I was invited in for an on-site interview. This is where the trouble started. The supervisor/manager gave me a one week window to come in for the on-site, and when I told him I couldn't make it in that week (I am a student, and I had midterms/major assignments every single day that week), he basically said, "Sorry, then we're just not going to hire you because we need to make a decision ASAP." I asked them to reconsider, and finally they agreed to let me come in the following week.
During the on-site, I met with the director of the department and two other scientists. They asked me very detailed questions about my research experience and very few behavioral questions. I was pretty surprised at the nature of their questions, especially since the intern position didn't seem to require much prior knowledge/experience. Then at the end, I met with the direct supervisor who straight up told me, "I have hesitations about hiring you because I don't know how much I can personally teach you, and I don't think you'll be able to learn much from this internship." He then went on to explain how he barely had any research experience himself and strongly urged me to consider any offers that I had.... uhh great. At this point, I knew that I wouldn't get the position, and it seemed that the reason was because I was over-qualified. Or if you look at it from another standpoint, the supervisor was UNDER-qualified to be in charge of this internship. Although this wasn't my ideal internship, a student's gotta make a living, you know.
Basically, get your act together, Onyx! I felt that if they were looking for someone with less experience, that's understandable, to an extent... but then what was the whole point of grilling me with all those technical questions? To add insult to injury, they delayed relaying their final decision... so what was all that commotion about almost denying me an on-site because "we need to make a decision ASAP"? I am very appalled by the whole process. Never again.
Interview Question – Do you feel you are given enough independence in your current lab? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Onyx Pharmaceuticals in April 2012.
Interview Details – After submitting my resume and cover letter online, a recruiter called to acknowledge receipt and set up a phone screen with the hiring manager. That phone screen occurred approximately 1 week later, and an interview arranged for 2 weeks after that. The interview consisted of a series of half-hour discussions with managers from various disciplines within the company; two such people had to bow out at the last minute. I was contacted about a week later and the company decided to go with a stronger candidate.
Based in South San Francisco, California, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for improving the lives of people with… — Full Overview
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