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Updated Jan 18, 2015
Updated Jan 18, 2015
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Genentech in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    The interviewers were very personable and nice. It was like having a conversation. They wanted to know if your personality would be a right fit for the company. The interview consisted of three one on one interviews.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Real World Data Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Genentech in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    The initial screen is outsourced to a contractor who reads from a short script of questions. I found it to be better than merely filling out an online form, but with no real understanding of a highly technical position it really ended up feeling like an empty gesture.

    Interview Questions
    • None - these are frontline 'softball' screening questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    SRA Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a weekinterviewed at Genentech in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Got an email from the hiring scientist asking for a phone interview. We went through my resume. Questions were mostly technical. At the end of the interview, he asked me to get my referees to email him. He then called me back for an informal meeting to his office. Here he asked both work related and behavioural questions. Waiting to be contacted after.

    Interview Questions
    • Why are you leaving academia? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Clinical Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Newark, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Newark, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    SHARE format, Situation, hinder, action, results and evaluation.

    Bring everything be over prepared. They say it doesn't matter but most franchises prefer therapeutic experience. Oncology managers wants someone who already has access to oncologists.

    Interview Questions
    • What are you working on in your career development?

      Which basically means-what are your weaknesses
       
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Very fair and a generous base salary among biotech companies
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The interview is an all day event, which involves meeting six to eight people. The questions are not difficult, pretty standard questions. The staff seems to be very happy to be working there and show excitement about the work they do.

    Interview Questions
    • Talk about the failures that you have encountered in your career   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Bio Statistician II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Genentech in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, and followed by 30 mins phone interview with HM ( no HR phone screen). Then onsite interview was 2 weeks later, with one day tour before the interview in san francisco which was pretty nice. The tour is for relocation purpose for every candidate.

    The onsite is one day with 1 presentation. People would ask many questions. From my experience, they care most about how your respond to questions, how you present yourself, your manner, courtesy, interaction with audience. Whether your content is related to the position or not is not important.

    8 round one on one meeting with managers and other team players. It was very pleasant experience. People would not ask you hash questions, or obvious behavior questions. They are supper nice and smart people, and test the communication and technical skills by chatting and case study. They would not pick one word from your resume and ask you to explain. It was my most comfortable and pleasant interview experience!

    Interview Questions
    • How to explain p_value and confidence intervals to clinicians?   Answer Question
    • what is the difference between communication with programmers and clinicians?   Answer Question
    • do you see your self as financially oriented or ..? (something like whether you work for financial purpose or science interest? )   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. The package is very generous.
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Bio Statistician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I got 2 phone interview and then the on-site interview. the on-site interview is a 1 day with 7 interviewer, all of them are at least principle biostatistician and hiring manager.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Manufacturing Bioprocess Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    The whole process was very quick and easy! I got a call out of the blue from a recruiter saying that I was a good fit for a job at Genentech at that she wanted to give them my resume. I agreed and she passed it on, but she warned me that it could take months to hear back from them. However, they emailed her back the next day and wanted me to come in 4 days later for an interview. I had 4 interviews in a 2 hour period, one with each manager and then a fourth with a panel of three people I would work with. Everyone was really friendly and annoyed that they had to go through stock HR questions before getting to know me better. The standard questions were all situational and focus on how you handled certain situations in the past. Once you get past those, they only have a few questions and the conversation becomes much more casual. They give you a ton of time to ask questions at the end of each interview which is a great opportunity to ask about the company and the benefits of working there (which are fantastic). They are really big on teamwork and trying to help people, and it seems that everyone there is very close knit which I liked. All of the managers were cool and I had a good time talking to them, the panel was also great and gave me an opportunity to meet some people I will work with.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
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    Reimbursement Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The interview generally has two mangers and one or two employees to gauge your knowledge of the job. A candidate can expect a question about their skills, previous roles and asked to make a test phone to evaluate your phone skills for this role.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Manufacturing Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Genentech in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I got a phone call from a recruiter about the position. Interviewed with her, and then set up a phone interview. After the phone interview, was asked to come into the facility and do an in person interview. Each last 30 min. The in person interview was with 4 people at a single time, panel style. I was very nervous but answered everything the best I could. When I didn't know something, I was honest that I didn't know.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing outside of regular interview questions involving my behavior and past experience, and what I know about certain details about the position.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None, I was too excited and accepted immediately.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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