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Genentech Interview Questions

Updated Dec 6, 2017
638 Interview Reviews

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    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview

    Most interviews for internships are held over the phone since students are applying from across the country. The process was relaxed and they mostly asked about my past experience. A few hypothetical questions were asked about how I would improve my research or what techniques I would use if I wanted to investigate "x". They also shared a lot about what my responsibilities would be.

    Interview Questions

    • In your research, if you wanted to find "x", what techniques would you use?   Answer Question

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    Scientist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Genentech (San Francisco, CA) in October 2016.

    Interview

    I applied the position on line and I got the email that I need an interview several weeks later. The interview was quite open and easy going. We talked what I did in my graduated study and some other opening questions.

    Interview Questions

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    Bioprocess Technician Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Vacaville, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at Genentech (Vacaville, CA) in April 2017.

    Interview

    Three separate meetings with the three department leaders and then a technical panel with representatives from HR and the departments. They really wanted to know about my experience solving mechanical problems and my related thought process. They want to know how well you can work with others. Attitude is paramount.

    Interview Questions

    • What is a time something [mechanical] wasn't working and how did you go about fixing it?   Answer Question

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    Contract Chemist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) in July 2016.

    Interview

    The interview process was very straightforward and simple. The main discussion involved chemistry I had previously worked on and plans for the future (how long I might plan on staying).

    Interview Questions


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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Two rounds of interviews. One panel and one with the hiring manager. Pretty straightforward with typical interview questions. Know your experience and why you are a good candidate. External candidates will have a phone screen as well that goes over your resume and background.

    Interview Questions


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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Genentech in March 2017.

    Interview

    Applied end of February (Feb 27). Heard back from a manager 3 weeks from then (Mar 20) for a phone interview. After the first phone interview, sent a thank you email and got a response 2 days later for another phone interview for the week after. I was offered the role after the second phone interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Classic behavioral questions (why Genentech, why this role, what are your strengths, what skills make you suitable for the role, etc.). Some technical questions relating to achievements/job functions listed on my resume.   1 Answer

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    Intake Coordinator Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at Genentech (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Interviewed on campus with the hiring team. Behavioral interview based on learning workplace social skills in typical business interactions. Many questions asked me to describe situations I had been faced with in my career.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe your behavior when a team decided against a suggestion you had made.   1 Answer
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    Forecasting and Business Analysis Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Genentech (San Francisco, CA) in May 2016.

    Interview

    By far, the most comprehensive interview process, I have been through. I started off by connecting with a recruiter via LinkedIn. After preliminary HR screening on my background and experience, I had a telephonic screening with hiring manager. Then, I was invited onsite to Genentech's SFO campus. After a full day of onsite panel interviews, I was offered the position two weeks later. The onsite interview process started with a group presentation to the entire hiring team. I was asked to put together a presentation (no more than 6 slides) that is relevant to my experience and that aligns with the job description. Thirty minutes total was allotted for the presentation. I finished in 20 minutes, in order to allow time for questions. They asked good questions towards the end of my presentation. After this presentation, I had individual panel interviews through out the day. One of the panels was a case study involving forecasting, business drivers, financial performance etc. case study involved finding errors with financial analysis and also role playing. "if you were presenting to cfo or CEO, how will you present?" "If you were the CEO, what type of questions will you ask the person who put together this financial analysis". During lunch, I was provided an opportunity to ask questions to the interviewer. In fact, I was expected to ask questions through out lunch. By the way, they have an excellent work culture (based on my interview interactions) and the cafeteria was amazing! Rest of the afternoon had panels as well. Wrapped up at 3 pm or 4 pm.

    Interview Questions

    • How did you measure forecast accuracy or error?
      What level of historic data was available for this forecast?
      If you are launching a product, what factors will you include while forecasting?
      What are business drivers that drive sales and profitability?
      Why healthcare? Why Genentech?   Answer Question

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    Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lafayette, IN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Genentech (Lafayette, IN) in March 2016.

    Interview

    Received a call from HM mid-march for questions regarding research and background; received a follow-up call the day after regarding start day and other administrative issues. Received the offer two days later.

    Interview Questions

    • Graduate level research; background in solid state pharmaceutical science; publication history.   Answer Question

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    Contract Specialist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Genentech (San Francisco, CA) in May 2017.

    Interview

    The process started when I was contacted by a third party recruiter. There was a short phone screening with both the recruiter and the Genentech project lead, followed by a 5 hour on site semi-technical with several members of the group, both from IT and from other backgrounds.

    Interview Questions

    • Basic scaling and pros and cons of different technology choices.   1 Answer

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