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Getting an Interview
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- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Genzyme (Woburn, MA) in May 2015.
I've met with three persons of the work group - one by one, approximately half an hour with each. All of them were scientists, not HR persons. Very kind and enthusiastic people, no pushing, no strange questions like 'What salad dressing would you be?' or anything, just about my experience and skills.
They told me a lot about their work, actually, I was listening more than talking myself.
Last interview with the group manager, she was telling me about the department structure, perspectives, and the role in the whole company. She promised to give me the follow up ASAP, and indeed, wrote me in a week after the interview.
Unfortunately, I didn't fit the team due to overqualification, but got a really nice impression of their environment and research.
- What type of manager I like and dislike most? 1 Answer
- Declined OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 9+ months – interviewed at Genzyme (Cambridge, MA).
Unbelievably slow and inefficient. Applied online, got an email 6 months later to set up phone call. HR rep would set up screening calls and then not call. Took weeks to schedule in person interview. Then had second round of in person interviews-one with the same person I already met, and she had nothing new to discuss. Next person was 20 min late (for a 30 min slot). Then they added third person who I wasn't scheduled to meet.
I was upfront with my salary requirements in the screening call. HR rep said I never said that to her (why would I lie about something as serious as compensation) and said they were thinking more like $40K less than I wanted. She then made a soft offer $25K less than I currently make. I said no multiple times and she kept harassing me to work with her. I wasn't trying to negotiate, I was not interested.
I also found out later that she disclosed my salary request to one of my references, as in I may not need to speak with you because the candidate is asking WAY too much money. My reference forwarded me the email so I saw it with my own eyes. Completely unprofessional and not a place I ever want to work. Am considering reporting to her manager how terrible she has been to work with.
- Salary requirements 1 Answer
Reasons for Declining
Salary was too low, HR was a disaster, would have been a commute, no work from home options.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Genzyme (Framingham, MA).
Two telephonic interviews- one with HR and the other with hiring manger. On site interview was almost full day interview that included presentation, group interview, 1:1 and lab tour. People from different sub groups interacted with me during the interview. It started with basic question and lead to trouble shooting questions.
- Mainly from your resume. Asked about couple of trouble shooting scenarios. Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferAverage Interview
I applied through college or university – interviewed at Genzyme.
Met at a career fair and applied online. Interviewed with HR representative that week.Know your resume and your involvements. Be able to talk about your activities and involvements. There are behavioral questions and technical questions as well.
- The most difficult question was being able to convey my technical skills. Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Genzyme (Minneapolis, MN) in September 2014.
Received email from hiring mgr bout setting up phone screen 1st thing in the morning. I accomodated her request & her following request to meet f2f (again 1st thing in the morning) at a location that typically takes an hour without traffic (in this case took me over an hour each way). She had told me ahead of time that it would be really informal in a coffee shop. This was not the case! Your typical STAR/situational/behavior-based interview. Thought it went ok, as she seemed to bring up examples of how her background was very similar (i.e. reason for making a change). Went above & beyond w/ ty email, mailed hand-written ty note, & put together a couple of PP presentations (including an action plan). Only response I received was almost a month later - a one liner saying they were proceeding w/ other candidates. Offer would have been contingent on them receiving FDA clearance on Lemtrada & there were supposedly 4 openings in my area. Seemed as if she was looking for someone who already had relationships in MS market. However, it seems as if companies like this no longer honor non-competes and/or don't want to train reps.
- What neurologists do you have a relationship with? 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a staffing agency – interviewed at Genzyme.
I was hired during the peak of consultant hiring period. So, the interview process was brief. A quick telephone interview with a few good questions I was hired. The HR did a good job on pre-screen things. The job offer paper work is formal and complete. The whole process took about two weeks.
- No difficult question. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks – interviewed at Genzyme (Cambridge, MA).
The hiring process was quiet smooth and quick as I was called in for face to face interview directly without a phone screening. I had a small general conversation with one of the HR rep within a week of applying for this position. All in all a smooth experience and all the interviewers were very professional. I actually got the denial email from hiring manager and also got feedback on my interview performance and areas of improvement. Based on that conversation I believe I did make a cut but somebody was better than me else you normally don't hear back from the hiring manager and definitely not a feedback on your performance.
- All the questions asked were standard questions, in fact the interview was more of a conversation than an interview. Answer Question
Helpful (3)Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at Genzyme (Framingham, MA).
Meet with multiple people. Start with HR, then Hiring manager, then the rest of the team. Scientists individually, but associates are grouped together as a tribunal. Then back to HR. For second interview, you will meet director team again, maybe will give small seminar.
- Nothing unusual. Genzyme doesn't require a formal psych evaluation style interview that places like Merck use. Basically you will be asked about your experience etc. and things relevant to the actual position write up. Answer Question
Definitely negotiate. The offer is below market and if you accept it, that salary will blunt your future salary raises/promotions for your career.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Genzyme (Framingham, MA).
I was an internal transfer, so I met with the Plant Manager to discuss the position. I submitted my resume to HR and they processed the paperwork to move me into my new role. The interview process for external applicants is much more detailed and complex. You will need to submit your resume online, and you will be contacted by HR if they are interested. Typically you will go through multiple interview sessions before a hiring decision is made. You can negotiate your salary, but there are salary ranges for each job level, and they will not typically exceed the maximum amount for the grade.
- Are you interested in this position, and why? Answer Question
Since this was an internal transfer, the negotiation phase was simple. The position was one level higher than my current job, so a slight pay increase was added to my salary.
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 6+ months – interviewed at Genzyme.
Standard phone screen followed by a first interview with 8 individuals and a second interview with 6 additional employees, plus a talk. None of the questions were particularly difficult, and I tried to be well-prepared. The process took way too long though (from November to April).
- Would you say you pay attention to detail and can you provide an example? Answer Question
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