Genentech Scientist Interview Questions

Updated Jul 25, 2015
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Scientist Interview

Anonymous Employee
No Offer
Neutral Experience
Easy Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Genentech in October 2014.

Interview

Submitted application online. About 2 weeks later, got an email from HR asking to set up a telephone interview. Spoke with HR person for about 20 min. He asked when I was available to start and said that they could provide relocation service. Emphasized that I was a top candidate and that I should expect to hear from the hiring manager soon, but then I didn't hear anything else from them.

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    Scientist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) in January 2014.

    Interview

    I applied online and 4 weeks later I had a phone interview with the hiring manager. I was told at the end of the phone interview that I am invited for an on-site interview. I went to the on-site interview 1 month later. I met with 10 Scientists and gave a one hour seminar. Everyone was interested and asked a lot of questions during the seminar. The questions were fair and most of them were about my past work experience. They do tend to ask a lot about "why do you want to work there?". I got the feedback a month later and they gave me a reason that they are looking for certain skill sets, which I was not even being questioned or asked about during my interview. And the interesting thing was that the certain skill sets was clearly listed in my CV.

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    1. Quick phone interview to see if I was interested 2. Short interview where I had 3 1 hour meetings with people in the position I was applying for 3. Long interview with 1 hr research presentation then 8 half hour meetings with members of Department and potential collaborators 4. Request for references

    Interview Questions

    • No hardballs, just pressed a lot on why I wanted to work there   Answer Question
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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Very detailed and long interview process

    Interview Questions

    • Interview seminar is an essential component and expect lots of questions from an open audience   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    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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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Genentech (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    phone interview-on site interview-reference check-background check

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Genentech in July 2013.

    Interview

    Long day, back to back interview. it is hard to know how the science is done from first impression though.

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) in February 2013.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a Genentech recruiter because they were interested in my expertise that they saw detailed on Linked In. I then had a 1:1 phone interview with the hiring manager and at the end of the conversation he invited me out for an interview. In the morning I gave a presentation on my work at Merck and then spent the rest of the day interviewing with people in 30 min time slots. Most people asked about me and my experiences at Merck. At the end of the day the hiring manager told me that they really liked me and that I should be expecting to here something from them the following week.

    Interview Questions

    • To go through my postdoctoral work on the total synthesis I worked on   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I was able to negotiate my signing bonus. They would not budge on my salary.

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    Scientist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) in March 2011.

    Interview

    The interview process was thorough, including a presentation and many one-on-one interviews with members of the hiring group and other groups. The interviewers were experienced and included peers and higher-level colleagues.

    Interview Questions

    • There were some rather detailed technical questions about process unit operations.   Answer Question
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    Scientist Interview

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

    Application

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Genentech (San Francisco, CA) in March 2010.

    Interview

    It was a 2-days f2f interview. Rather long. In general, interviewers were good. Biotech interview seems a bit disorganized. After the interview, communications were with HR. Asked for letters of recommendations (guess references not good enough). Tried to confirm with HR if they received the letters, never got response till 3 weeks later. Letters of recommendation were finally forwarded by HR to hiring group but they started a new round of interviews. Didn't get the offer. Overall, it took 7 weeks and it's a long-winded process.

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Genentech in August 2008.

    Interview

    Applied directly on the web site and received an email from an HR respresentative asking to set up a phone interview. Phone interview with HR was a standard behavioral interview consisting of "tell me about yourself, how do you deal with conflict, how do you work under pressure.... type questions". Was next contacted by hiring manager in the scientific department who conducted a technical interview via telephone. Finally, was invited for a face to face interview where I met with mutiple individuals (0.5 to 1 hour each) within the organization during a one-day on-site interview.

    Interview Questions

    • If you had an idea that would save time and increase revenue, how would you go about convincing senior management to implement your idea?   Answer Question
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