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Genentech Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 19, 2014
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Difficult Interview

Quality Control Analyst Interview

Quality Control Analyst
South San Francisco, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Genentech in April 2010.

Interview Details – The interview process is like any other standard interview process. You should definitely understand the type of position you're applying for. And the hiring process is standard as well, but with a lot of paperwork, or computerwork.

Interview Question – There wasn't an unexpected question   Answer Question


No Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Senior Administrative Associate Interview

Senior Administrative Associate
South San Francisco, CA

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Genentech in November 2013.

Interview Details – Lots of interviews to get a job of this nature

Interview Question – What is a pivot table and how would you use one?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Service Desk Analyst Interview

Service Desk Analyst

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Genentech in February 2014.

Interview Details – Hiring event consisted of about 45 prospective employees.

Everyone was split into teams of about 5-6.

Teams were given scenarios where you work as a team to solve. There are a total of about 5-6 scenarios.

After the scenarios, 1 on 1 interviews are conducted (or 2 managers and you). You may need to wait over an hour for your interview depending on how many people are there.

1 on 1 interview: There were no technical questions at all. Every question asked was based on customer service.
How did you handle a difficult customer before?
Have you had any conflicts with teammates in the past?
What is the most challenging thing you have overcome in the workplace?

Tips
Make sure you speak! Do not let someone else speak for you. Yes this happened where people stayed quiet.
Remember details about your teammates
You are watched throughout the entire 6 hour event so be social and respectful

Interview Question – The hiring process is very straight forward and simple. Most difficult thing for me was waiting about 90 minutes after the group scenarios for my 1 on 1 interview.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Associate Scientist Interview

Associate Scientist
South San Francisco, CA

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


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Structural Biology Intern Interview

Structural Biology Intern

I applied online and interviewed at Genentech.

Interview Details – Applied online, received a call from scientist running the lab


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Bioinformatics Internship Interview

Bioinformatics Internship

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Genentech in March 2014.

Interview Details – This internship is for bioinformatics analysis of mass spec data (peptide-protein inference). I had a 30 minutes phone interview and the recruiter asked questions primarily based on the resume and a few behavioral questions. The technical questions are primarily about projects I have been working with as a graduate student.


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Global Pricing and Market Access Interview

Global Pricing and Market Access

I applied online and interviewed at Genentech.

Interview Details – 2 phone interviews. Mainly asked about my experience, how I would handle a problems that I might approach, what I believe is the most important part of solving a problem

Interview Question – What specifically do you know about Excel?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Medical Science Liaison Interview

Medical Science Liaison
Newark, NJ

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Genentech.

Interview Details – Phone interview, personal interview

Interview Question – What is your passion   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotiated sign on bonus


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Materials Operations Specialist Interview

Materials Operations Specialist

I applied through other source and interviewed at Genentech.

Interview Details – My management experience: Just do what they say and don't ask too many questions.


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Associate Manager Interview

Associate Manager
South San Francisco, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Genentech in April 2013.

Interview Details – Very fast turnaround. Two phone screens then one day onsite that featured ~8 interviews that were all qualitative about my experiences, no case studies were involved.

Interview Question – I was asked how I would approach a past project I did if I was in a different function, in terms of methodologies that I wasn't familiar with at the time of interviewing   Answer Question

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