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Genentech Research Associate Interview Questions

Updated Aug 17, 2014
Updated Aug 17, 2014
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Research Associate Interview

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

I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Genentech in March 2013.

Interview Details

Started off with a phone interview and went on to meet with the supervisor and people of the group. Everyone was very pleasant and the interview process was smooth, straight forward and to the point.

It was possible to get a general idea of the culture and work environment for that particular group, as well as the work load that they experienced on an everyday basis.

Negotiation Details
There was no negotiation, since I was hired by a staffing agency
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    describe your 5 year goal plan
    why you
    contribution
    describe your experience
    tell me a little about ....

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    Interviews are very long and detailed.
    Very rigorous and detail.
    Some times you get homework too.

    Interview Questions
    • Explain the behavior of proteins under (few conditions asked) conditions.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Hard to negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Genentech in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    I was interviewing for a position which was opening up because a team member was moving on. They organized a phone interview and an on-sight the next week. There were two half hour interviews. We followed up over email afterwards to check references.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    This process was absolutely a waste of my time. I was given two travel options of either leaving right after or staying and be given a personal tour of the area. I took the area overview and they started contacting me regarding relocation and asked for my references and made it seem that they were going to give me the job. The interview itself was extremely difficult. I was interviewed initially by two people over the phone than invited for an onsite interview. I had 7 interviews back to back which was extremely grueling and there were nine other candidates for the same position. They ripped through every detail on my resume and asked me annoying behavioral type of questions which were difficult to answer because they came out of left field totally unexpected.

    Interview Questions
    • Spend time reviewing behavioral interview questions they ask alot of them   Answer Question
    No Offer
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Research Associate Interview

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

    interviewed at Genentech in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied for the position through the Genentech careers website. Got email for phone interview around 3 weeks later. The phone interview had no fit type questions. They were all really technical. Grilled me on every single detail on my resume. Feels like the hiring manger was just trying to put me on the spot.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    Initially contacted by phone two weeks after applying on the company website. Phone interview with the hiring manager was very technical and included very specific questions about my resume. The next day, I was invited to Genentech for an "informal" interview/tour of the facility. This ended up being a five hour interview with the research team. They then invited me back for a full formal interview, a whopping 9 hour process. Lunch was provided but the lunch hour was essentially another interview with a panel. There were no real breaks involved.

    Interview Questions
    • -What was the most difficult situation you have encountered in the workplace?
      -What does an endothermic reaction look like?
      -What was your greatest achievement at your previous company?
      -Why are you looking for a new position?
      -Why Genentech?
      -Describe a leadership role you had at your last position
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Research Associate Interview

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

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Genentech in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    INTENSE.

    Interview Questions
    • What makes you think you will bean asset in this place?   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    Pay was very low for the cost of living in SF.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Genentech in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    I have had 6 interviews with this company at this point, during which time I "hopped" from lab to lab to determine whether each individual lab felt I was the best "fit" for them. The interviews ranged from extremely easy to quite hard, with many detailed questions being asked. My advice is to do some research ahead of time on the specific aspects of the position and related subject matter, and then insert your knowledge into the general discussion, feeling free to discuss scientific matters at length (beware of going too off-topic).

    Interview Questions
    • How would you effectively optimize and run a PCR, what are the specific assay applications of this technique.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Research Associate Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Genentech in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    I met one of their core facility members at a summer training course in my professional field. One month later, I got email from him about this opening. He forwarded my resume to the hiring manager. Phone interview was scheduled around mid-August. It went well. About 20 minutes with general questions regarding the daily activity and responsibility of my current job. At the end, the hiring manager verbally told me he would like to have me meet his group members. Then I formally applied the position on Genentech career website. About 3 or 4 weeks later, I got call from hiring manager about on-site interview travel arrangement. The on-site interview was 1:1 style, each person had about 20-30 minutes. First talk with the hiring manager, then his team members, HR consultant, finally wrap-up with the hiring manager. Lunch with the hiring manager and his lab manager. The cafe at Genentech was better than my current place. Most of the questions are based on my experience, very technology orientated, though they did ask some behavioral question such as working as a team player and handling conflict with other researchers, since this position is in a core facility. The total time for on-site was about 6 hours. After interview, most of time the HR consultant contacted me regarding the background check, relocation survey, immigration questionnaire, and finally verbal offer. I didn't get follow-up from hiring manager. At the end, since things did not work out as mentioned below, I had to decline the offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to come to Genentech, based on what you are doing right now? Do you think this is a positive move for your career development?   Answer Question
    • Tell me about yourself.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    1) Salary offered was way below my expectation; my take-home pay will be lower in San Francisco than what I have at my current place. 2) Relocation package is not impressive. They were not willing to cover the penalty I have to pay back to my current employer due to lack of two-year service agreement. 3) Their immigration attorney was not knowledgeable, patient or professional. 4) No negotiation was offered. Attitude is very arrogant.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

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