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Genentech Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview Questions

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

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

Application

I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Genentech (San Francisco, CA) in January 2017.

Interview

Process was pretty straight forward. With in one month of my online application, I had a phone interview with hiring manager. After one month he decided to invite me for onsite interview. It was a full day interview started with my presentation (45 minutes). They literally grilled me on all of my slides. I was very much prepared for that. I had almost like 12 rounds of interview (each 30 minutes). It was basically a sort of discussion.

It was a pretty good interview. However, at the end I was completely exhausted.

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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) in March 2016.

    Interview

    Applied to on-line posting. Contacted via email 4 months later. Spoke on phone with hiring manager within a week of contact and offered on site interview during initial phone call.

    On site interview was academic style. Met with other scientists, hiring manager and HR rep. and gave an academic job talk.

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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 10+ months. I interviewed at Genentech (San Francisco, CA) in September 2015.

    Interview

    I had an interview with the hiring manager and one on-site interview. I was prepared for industry-related questions but it was like a lab meeting in academia, or PhD defense; people asked science question during the presentation and the meeting with people in the lab. It was pretty much the same as what they'd ask in academia. I think I met about 15 people during the day, all PIs from the same department.
    Everyone seemed to like me and they said I'd hear in a month....No words!

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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    (1) A Phone call interview from HR; (2) another phone call interview from future postdoc mentor, (3) a whole day on site interview, meet about 8-10 people, give presentation, (3) wait about 1 month for the offer, the background check was very slow.

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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) in August 2013.

    Interview

    One day interview. ~50 min research presentation and 6 or 7 30 min meetings with scientists and other members of the department. The audience is generally polite but can ask challenging questions during the research presentation. The other meetings are more informal and give you a chance to learn about the science at Genentech.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to pursue postdoctoral research at a biotech company as opposed to academia?   Answer Question

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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Genentech (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    First phone interview (about an hour), communication about interest in working as a Postdoc for Genentech. Then in person interview: day-long interviewing process, 1:1 meetings with different directors/ PIs within gRED, one hour presentation of current research, lunch with other Postdocs, 1:1 discussion with hiring manager.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you think you might fit to Genentech's research environment?   Answer Question

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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

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

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) in January 2010.

    Interview

    Great group of people at Genentech. Had interview. Consisted of meeting with a number of different departmental scientists who were all very smart. Seemed to me they had a specific person in mind from the beginning.

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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Genentech in October 2012.

    Interview

    several phone interviews then onsite interview. All went really well.

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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Genentech in August 2011.

    Interview

    Applied online, received email from hiring manager and scheduled for a phone interview. Was invited for onsite interview a couple weeks later. Onsite consisted of a presentation, about 10 1:1 interviews with people in the department, lunch and dinner. All very smart people, interesting conversations.

    Interview Questions

    • What quality do you have that will make us choose you among the finalists?   Answer Question

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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Genentech in September 2009.

    Interview

    applied online + employee referral. Got phone interview in a few weeks. Interview was casual and not very detail revealing- very general information and not really specific about project to be involved in. Also asked about non-project related experience. Perceptions : leader was not in group of his/her expertise and was either reluctant to specify or not sure of project to be conducted, however, this also indicates alot of freedom and flexibility in the job.

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