Nektar Therapeutics Interview Questions

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    QA Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Nektar Therapeutics (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Good process, and very thorough; but took way too long to finally get an offer and start date.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Rigid, inflexible

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    Biochemist ( Senior Process Development Engineer) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Huntsville, AL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Nektar Therapeutics (Huntsville, AL) in April 2014.

    Interview

    I came to know about this position via a recruiter. There was initial phone interview with hiring manager. Was invited to the onsite after 2 weeks. Had 1:1 interview along with panel presentation. The interviews were all day long process. The onsite interview was followed by telephonic interview with upper management. Got the offer within 2 weeks.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    They offered on the lower end of their scale. We met at the middle. Benefits and compensation are great, so no need to negotiate on that.

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    Principal Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Milwaukee, WI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Nektar Therapeutics (Milwaukee, WI) in February 2014.

    Interview

    Close to industry standard. Required presentation only included senior staff. Co-workers only met over lunch. Interview process took about 5 hours and most had 2 interviewers.
     Travel and hotel were arranged and pre-paid, meals and incidental expenses were not.
    Pre-interview responses from HR were slow, even for working through a recruiter.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you feel about winter?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Negotiated sign-on bonus and PTO. Nothing else was considered

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    Mgt, Medical Writing Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Nektar Therapeutics (San Francisco, CA) in May 2012.

    Interview

    A third-party recruiter told me about a "Manager, Medical Writing" position that was available, and the company's website showed both a "Manager" and "Director" position available. Therefore, it seemed that the company was willing to consider a candidate for any mid-mgt position within Medical Writing. After phone-screening with the third-party recruiter, I phone-screened with the in-house recruiter, and then with the hiring manager. Things went no further.

    To this day, both positions remain open and I've seen ads from other recruiters trying to fill the "Manager" position as a contract opportunity. Obviously, this company is looking for some kind of medical writing virtuoso and hasn't found it. Mind you, it's not a terribly successful company so it makes me wonder what sort of candidate they can realistically expect.

    Interview Questions

    • From the hiring manager: "Have I missed any opportunities with regard to the kinds of documents our department should be writing?"   1 Answer
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    Research Associate III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Huntsville, AL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Nektar Therapeutics (Huntsville, AL) in August 2009.

    Interview

    Phone interview, then a full day interview with 5-6 different people ranging from mangers to coworkers including lunch. most of the questions were very straight forward. Lunch was fun and the best way to see if you will like the company it to ask the coworkers that take you to lunch. Ask their honest opinion and what they like or dont like about their jobs.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you handle a situation when in conflict with another employee.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Turned down 1st offer and received a higher offer that I accepted.

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Huntsville, AL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Nektar Therapeutics (Huntsville, AL) in July 2009.

    Interview

    Had an HR interview over the phone, one week later had a phone interview with the hiring manager. Flew in for a full day in person interview, gave a presentation to the group after the lunch interview followed by more one- on - one interviews. Lots of great technical questions.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Didnt need to, good offer.

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    Human Resources Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Nektar Therapeutics (San Carlos, CA) in April 2009.

    Interview

    Contacted by company HR Manager as a result of a referral. Was invited to an on-site interview after the phone interview. Received clear and concise agenda and directions via email. Interviewed by 3 people, 30 minutes each. Hiring manager set clear expectation of when I will be notified of outcome. Was contacted by phone as scheduled that they selected another candidate. The interview was cordial. The office is OK.

    Interview Questions

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    Chemist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Nektar Therapeutics in January 2007.

    Interview

    interviewer was very cordial and knowledgeable.

    Interview Questions

    • questions focused on the percentage of time spent at the bench versus supervising direct reports?   1 Answer
    • How do you motivate your direct reports?   1 Answer

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