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Genentech Senior Research Associate Interview Questions

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Senior Research Associate Interview

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

Application

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

Interview

Got called by the hiring manager to explain the nature of the work and to make sure I understand the nature of this non managerial, wet-lab work ( I have 3yr postdoc experience). HR called another day and asked about current salary, rent (so they could work on housing compensation), and possible relocation ( turned out they covered everything for my move--a big and long move) 1 full day Interview on site: I did a 1hour presentation of my projects during postdoc. HM and others asked relevant, extensive and detailed questions--they wanted to know both the techniques and the rationale of the projects. They were also true scientists that thought deeply and really got excited about any new findings. I talked to ~15 people from SSR to director. Everyone was quite friendly, honest and did their best to wear in my shoes. questions and discussions covered science and life in SF.

Interview Questions

Negotiation

Not much room. The salary and relocation package are pretty fixed.

Other Interview Reviews for Genentech

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    Senior Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Genentech in June 2016.

    Interview

    I had two phone interviews. The first one was in two weeks after I submitted the application. It's from a recruiter like company to do the initial screening, asked for basic information, some behavior questions. Second phone call was from HM a week later. Most were technical questions, all based on my resume.

    Interview Questions

    • What's your strength in xxx?
      What's your salary expectation?
      Would you like to relocate?
      When can you start?  
      1 Answer

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    Senior Research Associate 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 May 2015.

    Interview

    The interview was one full day, with a 45 minute interview with the hiring Scientist followed by a 1 hour job talk, followed by 13 additional 30 minute interviews throughout the day. The first half of 30 minute interviews were with other SRAs and these seemed to be intended to give the interviewee opportunities to ask questions about the position. There was a 1 hour lunch in Genentech's cafeteria (which was incredible!) with two additional SRAs, followed by the remaining 5 or so interviews being with Scientists/Senior Scientists, the Program Director, and a Senior Staff Consultant which was over the phone. Finally, there was an exit interview with the hiring Scientist which was a good opportunity to ask additional questions that might have been raised throughout the day.

    Overall, the questions were either scientific ones, or behavioral-type questions. They were very interested in why I wanted to work at Genentech, and wanted to be sure that I understood the pros and cons of the SRA position. I really enjoyed meeting with everyone- the vibe was generally very positive, and even when I was grilled on the science, I felt that it was done in a very collegial way.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you describe a time when you overcame an obstacle in your research?
      Can you describe a time when you had a conflict with a peer or supervisor?
      Why do you want to work as an SRA?  
      Answer Question

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    Senior Research Associate Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Recommended to apply for this position. Had a phone interview for 30 min, and two weeks later had an informal interview with scientific manager. We talked for an hour, very comfortable, discussed my skill set and what I could bring to the position. Heard back by email two weeks later.

    Very nice interactions, would have liked to progress further. Genentech seems like a it is a very hardworking, fun and cutting edge environment.

    Interview Questions

    • Q: Why go into industry rather than academia?
      Q: Why Genentech?
      Q: What kind of managerial styles have you worked with?  
      Answer Question

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    Senior Research Associate Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process was pretty straight forward and to the point-- It allowed me to showcase my skills while at the same time was not overly difficult. Granted the process did take half a day it was very though and I would defiantly recommend it again. This was a great process, that would not be hard for someone with the qualifications necessary to apply to this job. I hope you guys do well.

    Interview Questions


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    Senior Research Associate Interview

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

    Application

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

    Interview

    There was an initial phone interview with HR, then another phone interview with the hiring manager, then an in-person interview lasting 1 day. The in-person interview consisted of 30 minute long interviews with the hiring manager and other individuals within the department, both other SRAs and Senior Scientists. There was also a requirement to give a presentation on recent scientific work.

    Interview Questions

    • Are you sure that you are committed to doing bench research long-term?   Answer Question

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    Senior Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview

    First, phone interview with hiring manager then was chosen to on-site interview. Onsite interview took a whole day (9am to 5pm). 1-hour presentation/Q&A, 30-min interviews with various scientists, directors, and a HR, as well as your hiring manager, and 1-hour lunch break with SRA or post-doc.
    Intense process

    Interview Questions

    • Too many questions...but they did pay more attention on your scientific research and skill sets   Answer Question

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    Senior Research Associate Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Genentech (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Thorough, intense, professional, friendly, with very high standards. They really try to understand who you are, what your motivation to work at Genentech is, if you have a balanced life, if you are willing to work hard, if you are skillful and knowledgable about your area of expertise, and what your charecter is like. I met with most Senior Scientists, and some SRAs. Arrived at 9 and left at 5pm.

    Interview Questions


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    Senior Research Associate 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 November 2014.

    Interview

    I was contacted initially by an in house recruiter. Good conversations and email with him, followed by phone interview with hiring manager. Flew to SF for full day interview with seminar. Talked with a dozen scientists an RAs of varying levels. All with good scientific and work related personnel questions. Day prior to the interview was taken on an area tour. This was time well spent as I was coming from outside the area. Fantastic group, great process, amazing science.

    Happily, the whole process went very quickly with excellent communication during all phases. HR was working with many candidates so I was appreciative of the timely responses.

    Interview Questions

    • Good questions about my past work, preferred working environment, management structure and style, how I fit into a group, and variation of these.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    This was a bit meh. With CA income tax a great offer turns into a merely good offer. But the relocation and other benefits made that good offer more attractive.


  9. Helpful (3)  

    Senior Research Associate Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) in July 2014.

    Interview

    I went through a whole day interview and met one to one with scientists. everyone was friendly. They have very busy schedule. I had a very good tour around SF. I am sure they are doing great science.


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