Genentech Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 19, 2014
Updated Aug 19, 2014
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    Senior Administrative Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Lots of interviews to get a job of this nature

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Genentech in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Conducted a phone interview, ~1hr, with the hiring scientist about 2 months after applying on-line. Received notification same day that I was requested for an on-site interview which was completed the following week. The interview day was intense. First, started with another interview with the hiring scientist followed by my one hour seminar on my previous research. About 20-25 scientists from the department attended my talk and asked questions throughout the entire hour. I then had 12 other interviews throughout the day with research associates and scientists from the department. In all, the day lasted from 9AM to 6PM and I was beat by the end. Everyone was extremely nice and answered my questions as well. Didn't get an offer in the end, but felt lucky to even get one of the four interviews for the position after hundreds applied. It did take about 1 month after my on-site interview to hear that I did not get an offer - the process can be slow. Great learning experience and Genentech is a great company to do research at.

    Interview Questions
    • Why apply for this position vs. doing an academic post-doc? They really emphasize that a SRA cannot advance to a scientist-level position in the company. If hired, you will remain at the lab bench and they want to be sure that candidates are well aware of this.   Answer Question
    • Giving certain resources, how would you go about identifying and validating a new cancer target?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Structural Biology Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, received a call from scientist running the lab

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Service Desk Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. 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 Questions
    • 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
    Easy Interview
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    Associate Scientist Interview

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

    I interviewed in-person. 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 Questions
    • 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
    Difficult Interview
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    Bioinformatics Internship Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed 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
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    Global Pricing and Market Access Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - 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 Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Medical Science Liaison Interview

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

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview, personal interview

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiated sign on bonus
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Materials Operations Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed through other source - interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

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

    No Offer
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    Associate Manager Interview

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

    I interviewed through a recruiter. 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 Questions
    • 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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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