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Genentech Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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Senior Manager, Managed Care Marketing Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
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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QC Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Vacaville, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Genentech.

Interview Details – Vacaville: Phone interview then on site panel interview. First HR, then 2 panels
Hiring process is long and communication with HR is poor

Interview Question – Need to give an example when answering all the questions   Answer Question

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Softwere Engineer Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Genentech.

Interview Details – Applied through school, only one round with two managers. Mostly are behavior questions like how do you build a website, what environment do you like when considering in a team.

Interview Question – Fairly easy   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation

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PM Interview

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Interviewed at Genentech

Interview Details – Pretty straightforward PM experience questions

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ORDP Lambda Class 2014 Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Genentech.

Interview Details – Skype/ phone interview
Request to interview on site with 5 different interviewees on behavioral questions.
Sat in conferences awkwardly all day with other candidates until conference rooms were open.
Standard box lunch provided

Interview Question – Tell me a time you demonstrated quality   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No room for negotiation whatesoever

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Summer Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Genentech.

Interview Details – One phone interview with hiring manager, then two rounds of skype interview with people in the group and collaborators.
Hiring manager also checked with references

Interview Question – The questions are very specific to what the hiring manager is looking for. Like my hiring manager is not really the expert in the position she is hiring, so she wanted someone who can accomplish without her supervise and she wanted the person to teach her and her group members certain technique. So in the interview, she asked questions on how I can work independently, do I have any teaching experience, etc.   Answer Question

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Scientist Interview

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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 Bio-Process Technician II Interview

Anonymous Employee
Oceanside, CA

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Genentech in August 2013.

Interview Details – Initial communications were by phone and they went through a couple of rounds of interviews prior to scheduling a face to face which was very in depth but awesome experience .

Interview Question – Many questions went into the technical aspects of operations but very professional demeanor by interviewers who constantly gave feedback if you are answering what they are looking for or not.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Non negotiable pay but competitive with industry standards and great benefits packages.

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Associate Engineer Interview

Associate Engineer
South San Francisco, CA

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

Interview Details – I applied through email listed on the site. I was contacted directly by manager within 2 weeks for a phone screen. Initial phone interview was very quick 20 minutes. Mostly background explanation and some questions about previous work. I think depending on where you get call from knowing in and out of the field whether you worked in there or not will help.

Interview Question – First basics questions about why genentech and this program?
Examples of leadership at work place
explain your knowledge in protein chemistry.
Explain your experience with process engineering
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Senior Scientist Interview

Senior Scientist
South San Francisco, CA

I applied through other source and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at Genentech.

Interview Details – Most people are aware that Genentech is a tough place to get hired. They only hire talent they consider to be top-of-the-class. Be aware that they also do sham interviews. Apparently, to mine ideas and information from to-of-the class candidates. It seems terribly unethical and would be nearly impossible to prove.

Interview Question – I was given many detailed technical problem scenarios and asked how to solve them. By all measures, they were not hypothetical. They were looking for creative solutions to existing problems.   View Answer

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