Genentech Interview Questions

Updated Apr 27, 2015
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Declined Offer
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    Declined Offer
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Genentech (San Francisco, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I met the first hiring manager during a campus event and he told me he doesn't really hire international students but then I was referred to another hiring manger. This hiring manger is really awesome. I was applying for business support position so he asked me some business questions. He also asked me persona questions.

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    • How do you go about addressing something that you don't want to do?   Answer Question
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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    quite simple, did not meet with HR, just met the members in the group. all the questions are techniqually, previous experience. had bad feeling after the interview. because they said they will contact me around 2 weeks.

    Interview Questions

    • situation question. if the screen is empty, what happned? tell me how to choose the column. if the machine do not work, tell me the reason. how to perform some kinds of experiment.   1 Answer
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    No Offer
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    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview

    First, phone interview with hiring manager then was chosen to on-site interview. Onsite interview took a whole day (9am to 5pm). 1-hour presentation/Q&A, 30-min interviews with various scientists, directors, and a HR, as well as your hiring manager, and 1-hour lunch break with SRA or post-doc.
    Intense process

    Interview Questions

    • Too many questions...but they did pay more attention on your scientific research and skill sets   Answer Question
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    Intern - Hourly Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
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    Easy Interview

    Interview

    The interview was a behavioral Interview on mostly questions about my resume. There was a strong emphasis on talking about leadership activities. The only prepared question for me was a time I had made a mistake, and what I did about it. It was a pretty easy interview. No technical questions.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Genentech.

    Interview

    Submitted resume online through university, had an on-campus interview (about 12 candidates total) with 2 interviewers (one was someone I would be working under, the other was supervisor). A week later, got an email for an interview at the site (4 candidates left). Interview was about 2 hours long, with 2 interviews with 2 interviewers each, and a lab tour. Got a phone call couple days later saying I got the offer! All interviews were behavior-based, no technical questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a situation where you demonstrated leadership, etc.   Answer Question
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    Associate Director Finance Interview

    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
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    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    The phone screen was within 2 weeks of application. First round of in-person interviews with 5 people was around 2 weeks from the phone screen. 2nd round of in-person interviews with 5 more people were 3 months later, which was scheduled after I reached out to ask about status. Then, I was called with feedback on why I didn't get the role, which was before they had finished that round with other candidates. Even factoring in the size of the company, there are many people to do work that is done by fewer people in other companies, so the specifics of the job requirement are quite detailed. Being a highly desirable company and well-resourced, they can afford to find someone very specific and take their time.

    Interview Questions

    • Mostly questions related to the requirements of the job and my relevant experience. I was given a internal document and 30 minutes to review and then provide any insights and comments about it during one of the interviews. There were some behavioral questions, like "how do you deal with a difficult stakeholder?" and "how do you influence them to adopt change?"   Answer Question
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    Summer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview

    Submitted application through university and got a call back for an interview a few weeks later. Had the initial interview on campus with a hiring manager. Interview was very casual and relaxed; I was asked various behavioral questions. Got a call back a week later for an interview at the facilities at Vacaville. Interviewed with 4 hiring managers/scientists, as well as two student interns on campus.

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    PDRP Interview

    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    After being contacted I had a phone interview with one of the members of the hiring committee. The next interview was onsite and it was a full day. There were 6 individual interviews throughout the day and a lunch with people that were already in the program.

    Interview Questions

    • Pretty standard interview questions. Some of the interviewers were more interested in experience rather then skills.   Answer Question
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    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
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    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview

    Campus recruiting. Was interviewed by three marketing science managers in a row for one and a half hours. I was asked about a case analysis and previous experience. Nothing too technical.

    Interview Questions

    • Normal questions like "Where do you see yourself in five years" along with a case study.   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview

    Quick 25-30 minute phone chat. Talked about previous research experiences. What did you do? What did you find? What does it mean? Talked about the research that is going on at Genentech. Asked why I wanted to work there.

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