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Genentech Interview Questions

Updated Apr 20, 2017
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    Process Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Genentech (San Francisco, CA) in October 2016.

    Interview

    They asked the most difficult questions for an initial phone interview. Lots of specific problem solving questions, rather than trying to get to know me. It was basically an oral exam about proteins. I thought I was qualified for the position, since I had relevant lab experience, but they didn't ask about anything on my resume. They were only concerned about my knowledge on proteins, rather than how I have reduced processes for other companies. The company took about two weeks to set up a phone interview after they initially contacted me. (I honestly thought they forgot about me since it took so long.)

    Interview Questions

    • If you have a completely empty room with only a cylinder filled with water, how do you measure the about of water?   3 Answers
    • How would you determine what went wrong when working with a protein in a gel and it moved too quickly through the gel.   Answer Question
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    PDRP Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) in October 2016.

    Interview

    I got an email that they wanted to do an informational phone interview for the position, I knew from friends who work there that this is a competitive program so I was excited for the opportunity. The day of the interview the phone call was only about 15 minutes and asked only very superficial questions so I think they had decided ahead of time they didn't want to proceed with me as a candidate.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked about my job history and why I was interested in the program   2 Answers
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    Senior Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    They couldn't fit the agenda into one day, so I was asked to come onsite two consecutive days. I was also asked to prepare a 20-minute presentation, followed by 10 minutes Q&A. Most time-consuming interview I've ever had. Most interviewers asked a variety of technical and behavioral questions. There were some textbook academic questions that I honestly haven't seen since my university exams, which took me by surprise (pretty sure I failed spectacularly at those).

    A couple of interviewers hardly asked me any questions at all and spent most of the time talking about how selective Genentech's application process is. In fact, it seems like at least half the interviewers told me that the department has more open positions than applicants interviewing because so few people can meet their high standards, since they only hire the "best of the best" (okay... so you just invited me onsite to tell me that you're an exclusive club and I'm not invited?)

    When I asked about the decision timeline, I wasn't given a definitive answer, but was told "it could take a while". After the interview, I followed up with HR twice over a period of about a month... no response. However, I eventually learned by chance through some personal connections I have to the department that the hiring managers had met about my application and made the decision not to hire me. HR never bothered to inform me of the decision themselves. Poor form, Genentech!

    Honestly working at Genentech used to be one of my "dream jobs", but due the arrogant attitude and lack of professionalism I experienced during the interview process, I have zero interest in the company and advise my peers to steer clear of this interview process.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about an experience when you led a team through a difficult time.   1 Answer
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    Knowledge Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    Be prepared to talk about how your experience relates to the role. Be flexible when it comes to interviewing schedules as new teams need flexibility. The team did want to move my interview back to 3 days which would have made me the last interview, and I simply told them that I could not change my dates at the last minute. The recruiter if it is a contract position will meet you, and will prep you. Everything salary or benefits do not talk with Genentech. They are the client and cannot really answer those questions. For an all day interview, remember where the bathroom is, bring an iPad or book to read in between and arrive early. Make sure you have your government ID. Also bring a snack. They will provide water and lunch for you. I sat alone in the same interview room all day and was happy each time I met someone. Leave door slightly open after you have a lunch--do not get anything with onions!

    Interview Questions

    • Q. Tell me about yourself? - Hiring manager
      Q2. What is your greatest weakness - Hiring manager
      Q3. If you were told to do something and you disagreed what would you do? - Potential peer.  
      1 Answer
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    Market Planning Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview

    As mentioned in previous reviews, be prepared for a very long, unpleasant process.

    1) Generic phone interview with an outsourced hiring company. The person you speak with will have no idea what the actual job is about other than the publicly available job description. There is no discussion, jut someone who writes down your answers.
    2) Second phone interview with a former employee (someone not in the company). The conversation will be more conversational but again furious writing of notes for review by key decision makers. You better hope they write down your answers correctly
    3) THIRD phone interview with hiring manager. You finally get to speak with someone who works within the company
    4) Be prepared to come in TWICE for an onsite
    5) Call is scheduled to go over the onsite interview. Got pretty excited. Googled to see if anyone had done research on probability of rejection or offer by phone call. Seemed like a no but most agreed an offer would be likely. Rescheduled call. Special kind of torture. Finally had a phone call and was rejected. No concrete feedback.

    In between each step, be prepared to wait. Be prepared to wait weeks..

    You would think that a department so focused on strategic agility would put some thought into their hiring process. Its a pretty convoluted system that leaves the interviewee confused. The job is posted continuously, hoping to be filled by someone who has a lot of time for the interview process or most likely internal candidates.

    Advice to Genentech: For God's sake, don't schedule a rejection call without alluding to the purpose of the call!

    Interview Questions

  7. Helpful (1)  

    Project Support Coordinator Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    Found position through a recruiter. Got an interview the same day my resume was submitted. Scheduled an on-site interview for the following week. Interview consisted of three individuals at once. Received an offer by the end of the week.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your customer service experience?
      How would you provide the best customer service?
      What is your experience working in a highly regulated environment?  
      1 Answer
  8. Helpful (1)  

    Market Planning Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Genentech in September 2016.

    Interview

    As people said here, the process took more than 3 months.
    I don't think they really want to hire some external candidates. This position is continuously posted.
    A person from a third party recruiting company called me first. A person who had left their company called me 3 weeks later. Then, 2 months later, their HR person arranged me an on-site interview. There were 7 persons interviewed me one by one for the same questions. They said they didn't know which product I should be in charge of because they didn't have any vacant position at that moment.
    3 weeks later, they sent me an email and want schedule a call with me. The call is just to tell me I was rejected.
    They asked lots of questions about how to influence or collaborate with other teams, it seems like they don't have a good relationship with other teams.

    Interview Questions

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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Genentech (Boston, MA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    End of the day. Interviewers lacked energy and interest. Very pro forma.
    Interviewers simply were going through the motions. One of the two yawned throughout the Q&A. The hiring Manager appeared intimidated by my age (I am of the Boomer generation).

    Interview Questions

    • How was your trip up to Boston?   1 Answer
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    Bioprocess Technician Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a week. I interviewed at Genentech (Vacaville, CA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    I got a call from a staffing agency and scheduled an appointment for the next week. The interview process was a simple panel of two current technicians and one supervisor. The questions were pretty standard situational questions. The whole interview process took around 45 minutes and there were no secondary interviews. None of the questions were particularly difficult and the interview was not extremely formal.

    Interview Questions

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Genentech in September 2016.

    Interview

    Series of phone interviews (~5 in total) ranging from potential peers and supervisors. Notification by phone that I was unsuccessful but that they had encouraged me to apply for another position.

    Interview Questions

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