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Updated Jul 9, 2014
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Trial Manager Interview

Trial Manager
South San Francisco, CA

The process took 2 days - interviewed at Genentech in March 2007.

Interview Details – 1) phone interview with HR
2) phone interview with hiring manager
3) all-day interview with 8 people consisting of 1x1 and panel
4) background check
-upon submission of resume, first phone interview occurred within 2 days; entire process to offer took 2 weeks.

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  • how would you approach negotiating timelines when you are given a short protocol development timeline?   Answer Question
  • describe communicate breakdown situtations and how you dealt with it where your cross functional partners' priorities do not align with yours   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – fair

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Associate Scientist Interview

Associate Scientist
South San Francisco, CA

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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Global Strategic Analytics Competitive Intelligence Intenship Interview

Global Strategic Analytics Competitive Intelligence Intenship
San Francisco, CA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Genentech in July 2011.

Interview Details – Recruiter had setup a date and time speak with the manager. Manager called late, had a very deep Indian accent and was hard to follow. I lack experience in the field, but I thought that was what the internship was for. I have heard good things about the company, but I wouldn't want to work in this department.

Interview Question – If you were to carry out an analysis on Genentechs competitors, how would you do it? What measures or information would you gather or use? Where would you get this information from?   Answer Question

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Intern Interview

Intern

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Genentech in March 2012.

Interview Details – They were nice but the initial interview spanned a broad range of questions that I was not prepared for. I initially thought it would just be behavioral questions for the primary interview. However, I was quite wrong. The questions ranged from statics, biology, and chemistry. Along with questions from prior work experience.

Interview Question – Where are proteins in the cell made? Explain the process.   Answer Question

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Research Associate Interview

Research Associate

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

Interview Details – Initially contacted by phone two weeks after applying on the company website. Phone interview with the hiring manager was very technical and included very specific questions about my resume. The next day, I was invited to Genentech for an "informal" interview/tour of the facility. This ended up being a five hour interview with the research team. They then invited me back for a full formal interview, a whopping 9 hour process. Lunch was provided but the lunch hour was essentially another interview with a panel. There were no real breaks involved.

Interview Question – -What was the most difficult situation you have encountered in the workplace?
-What does an endothermic reaction look like?
-What was your greatest achievement at your previous company?
-Why are you looking for a new position?
-Why Genentech?
-Describe a leadership role you had at your last position
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Research Associate Interview

Research Associate
South San Francisco, CA

I interviewed at Genentech in October 2012.

Interview Details – Applied for the position through the Genentech careers website. Got email for phone interview around 3 weeks later. The phone interview had no fit type questions. They were all really technical. Grilled me on every single detail on my resume. Feels like the hiring manger was just trying to put me on the spot.

Interview Question – Why this position?   Answer Question

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Drug Substance Manufacturing Science and Technology Intern Interview

Drug Substance Manufacturing Science and Technology Intern
San Francisco, CA

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Genentech in February 2012.

Interview Details – I applied to the job online, and was contacted for a phone interview. The first phone interview was a technical interview with one of the engineers in the department I was applying to work in. He was very nice and asked two or three easy questions in the beginning asking about myself but then went right into the technical questions. He said the process was then a second phone interview with another engineer that I would work closely with and then if I was chosen, an on-site interview in San Francisco.

Interview Question – If you are growing a culture of cells at a higher temperature, based on your knowledge of protein synthesis, what can you tell me about the protein composition of the culture.   View Answer

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Senior Research Associate Interview

Senior Research Associate
South San Francisco, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Genentech in July 2009.

Interview Details – They are very thorough, you should expect this from the best in the business.

Interview Question – I was asked to formulate a plan to purify a new biomarker given only a low affinity antibody.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation at this level for this company.

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Scientist Interview

Scientist
South San Francisco, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Genentech.

Interview Details – Very detailed and long interview process

Interview Question – Interview seminar is an essential component and expect lots of questions from an open audience   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Dont open your cards too quickly, HR tends to push people down, HR will start the salary discussion at a very low level

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Senior Manager, Managed Care Marketing Interview

Senior Manager, Managed Care Marketing
South San Francisco, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Genentech in April 2012.

Interview Details – Hiring and interview process was intense and long. I was invited into Genentech for two rounds of interviews, several weeks apart. Each round was an all day affair with 5-6 interviews including at least two interviewers. One interviewer would ask questions while the other took notes. Then the roles were reversed. Interviewers were respectful and fair but there are clearly high expectations to be met. There was also a case study to execute and then a subsequent discussion of the case study.

Interview Question – There wasn't one question that was more difficult than the rest. They were all equally challenging. Prepare for every behavioral question you can think of including those related to prioritizing, difficult situations, learning situations/moments, good/challenging relationships with colleagues, clients, vendors,etc. Also be prepared with smart questions of your own.   View Answer

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