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Genentech Interview Questions in South San Francisco, CA

Updated Nov 22, 2014
Updated Nov 22, 2014
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Senior Technical Writer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Genentech in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    The hiring supervisor called me for a half hour telephone interview first and asked typical introductory interview questions. No surprises. At the end before hanging up, she invited me for a series of in-person interviews. She wanted me to come the following Monday with a pool of other candidates, but I was unavailable, and we postponed it to the following Monday.
    The in-person interview was a series of five, half-hour, consecutive, one-on-one interviews (manager, two supervisors, two technical writers). One supervisor was out sick, so I needed to call that person when it was my turn to speak to her during that half hour time slot. I was with two other candidates in a round robin format. Although each interview was unique, many questions repeated themselves from one interviewer to the next (see sample questions below).
    I had a feeling I would not get the job when I said my good-bye to the supervisor at the reception area. I shook her hand and said, "We'll be in touch?" She said nothing in response, let go of my hand and walked away. Almost three weeks later, they never contacted me about the job either way.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Scientist 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 daysinterviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    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 Details
    Dont open your cards too quickly, HR tends to push people down, HR will start the salary discussion at a very low level
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Engineer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Senior Scientist Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Director 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 weeksinterviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    Moved fast. There were 2 rounds of interviews with very senior members of management. Lots of though questions; all thoughtful and fair. There was genuine interested in understanding my experience and fit. I felt respected and fairly tested at the time.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Very straightforward. The offer was good from the get go. There was no need to negotiate the terms. The HR recruiter was very open and all details were very clear. No hidden surprises. The benefits were great, they offered me more than my previous salary and matched my stock benefits.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Database Administrator 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 5+ weeksinterviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    Tough to get in. 4 interviews .... phone, group + manager, director, HR...Waited 1-2 months before response.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiate hard.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Competitive Intelligence Manager Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Genentech in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process consisted of first speaking with an outside agency who is not a part of Genentech. It was a bit odd because it felt like talking to a computer recording instead of a person. I suspect that they receive so many resumes, that this is a way in which to cut down the group to a manageable size. With that said, it seemed very cold and impersonal. The next step was to speak with a manager who was a former Genentech employee. These two steps were done via phone. I'm assuming the next step is an on-site interview which I haven't gotten to yet.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were all very specific, wanting to have an example of when you did something that indicated you had a competency in a certain area. They also asked more general questions such as wanting to know a time when you had to make a quick decision with little data, etc.... Most all questions had that style and you need to answer them with the STAR format (situation, task, action, and result)   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Biostatistician Interview

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

    I applied online – interviewed at Genentech in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied online; phone interview about a month later; on-site interview a month after that.

    Phone interview was fine. I was asked to describe my background, and then explain a couple of statistical concepts as if I were talking to a clinician with limited statistical knowledge.

    On-site interview was a full day, with a presentation, and very long 1-hour meetings with other Biostats. We mostly discussed my background, and I was given a lot of time to ask my own questions. The presentation went very well, with a lot of good discussion. Everybody was very friendly, happy with their jobs, and seemed like they would be nice people to work with. The hiring manager was exceptionally easy to talk to and was more than willing to be honest with me about my weaknesses and my chances at being offered a position.

    Overall I had a very positive impression of the company and the employees. My only complaint would be that the process is a bit slow, and that the finance department lost my receipts for reimbursement.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a confidence interval or a p-value to somebody who knows very little about statistics.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Associate Scientist 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 – interviewed at Genentech in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview and onsite interview with 4-5 employees (directors and scientists). A wide variety of questions regarding background and knowledge of literature search and critical evaluation, personality type and how you'd fit in a team, how you handle stress and balance multi-tasking, examples of your creative ability, and short/long term goals.

    Interview Questions
    • When you worked with someone you didn't get along with or disliked and how you dealt with it.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    several days. negotiation should be done delicately and with recognition that this is a great company to work for and many opportunities beyond monetary compensation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    QC Analyst 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 – interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed by 3 groups. Straightfoward questions mostly. Be friendly and confidant. Was contacted a few days after interview process. Here are some sample questions:

    Why you want to work here?
    What lab experience do you have?
    What did you learn from your last job?
    How do you handle conflict?
    Do you like working alone or in a team? (there is a right answer to this).

    Interview Questions
    • What is your weakness? It was difficult because they made me answer this 3 times and wanted an "interesting" answer each time.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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