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Genentech Associate Scientist Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 4, 2014
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Anonymous Employee
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I applied in-person and the process took 7+ weeks - interviewed at Genentech in March 2010.

Interview Details – Typically, an interviewee will be interviewed over two days and will be required to give a seminar. Each 1:1 will be with a Scientist, Senior Scientist of Director.

Interview Question – You will be asked about the current standard of care and how you might be able to fulfill an unmet medical need.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation

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I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Genentech.

Interview Details – Was referred by a current employee. Phone screen, informal interview in person, formal interview (all day). The final interview was >8 hours.

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Anonymous Employee
South San Francisco, CA

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Genentech in May 2013.

Interview Details – Phone interview and onsite interview with 4-5 employees (directors and scientists). A wide variety of questions regarding background and knowledge of literature search and critical evaluation, personality type and how you'd fit in a team, how you handle stress and balance multi-tasking, examples of your creative ability, and short/long term goals.

Interview Question – When you worked with someone you didn't get along with or disliked and how you dealt with it.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – several days. negotiation should be done delicately and with recognition that this is a great company to work for and many opportunities beyond monetary compensation.

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Associate Scientist
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I applied through other source and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Genentech in January 2011.

Interview Details – Had several contact with Genentech personnel prior to invitation for interview. the interview (3 total) consisted on several one on one interviews, pannel discussion interviews, presentation, and a group lunch and dinner interview. Overall most of the conversations kept to science and background questions. But also has significant number of questions on why Genentech and what my motivation for science/research is. They value them selves as a Acedemic based organization and ask a lot of questions on why you would be a good fit there.

Interview Question – I know you know a lot about your research, but why don't you tell me about "X's" research project, findings, and significance.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Relocation, Salary, temporary housing, and home assistance.

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I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Genentech in June 2007.

Interview Details – It was intense. The whole process consisted of a phone interview, a half day site visit to meet the group and finally a 2 day long interview which was a presentation and 25 different 1:1 interviews. They make sure that the person they are hiring is good and compatible with everybody.

Interview Question – When you anticipate not meeting a deadline for your customer, what action do you take.   View Answer

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I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Genentech in February 2012.

Interview Details – Asked generic questions with the answers located on resume.

Interview Question – Describe your relationship with your boss.   Answer Question

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