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Seattle Genetics Interview Questions

Updated Oct 23, 2018
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    Associate Director, Business Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Seattle Genetics (Seattle, WA) in April 2017.

    Interview

    The company HR personnel approached me to see if I would be interested in AD position in Business Development since I had necessary expertise that they were looking for. I was informed that they were having trouble getting candidates since it includes move to Seattle and therefore the position was open from long time. I wasn't actively looking for opportunities and at the outset it seemed like a good opportunity so I decided to interview, however, I only found out how wrong I was after finishing the interviews. It all turned out a waste of time and I eventually declined the very good offer (from Compensation perspective) they gave me and would highly recommend everyone to stay away from this company and this position due to its outdated technology, dysfunctional team environment, backward thinking scientific and management team which is not open to newer outside technologies. Its not conducive environment for a BD professional to learn, do deals and make impact

    1) SGEN's ADC technology is outdated and unproven outside of HL with Adcetris. All of their attempts over years have failed in solid tumors and even liquid tumors outside of HL. Additionally, this technology's (MMAE and MMAF) patents are expiring relatively soon, so if SGEN doesn't find other ways to innovate it has no future. Other competitors (DSI, Immunogen and Mersana) are innovating are already ahead of the curve.
    2) Given the outdated ADC technology you would expect the organization (Scientists and Management) to actively look outwards for new technologies to grow their platform. However, I found out during the interviews that Senior Scientists and even management is reluctant to do deals and look at other technologies. Any attempts to bring in new ideas are met with skepticism and held to much higher standards than their own internal pipeline. Being a company led by founder CEO who is married to ADC technology makes it extremely difficult to innovate in such environment and not good place for BD professional who has to constantly try to thread the needle and face potential disappointment on loosing good deals that you bring in after lot of hard work
    3) It was very apparent that the team is inward focus and doesn't want to look outside. There is no strategic planning done at SGEN and scientists including the CEO decide which molecules go ahead and churn more and more ADC molecules in the world of immuno-oncology where they may not be relevant. There is no concerted effort to look at oncology landscape and study the white space to ascertain if developing a molecule would be commercially attractive. However, by their own admission during interviews I learned that they just churn out molecules from targets that they can use and exploit in ADCs with their technology, sure recipe for disaster and subpar returns in long term on the pipeline R&D dollars
    4) The team seemed pretty dysfunctional, one Director in R&D that I spoke to was bad mouthing one of their asset in Phase 3 (33A) and betting that it most likely will fail. I dont know if it was due to territorial/ownership reasons within organization or if it was really true (If true may actually explain their play to acquire late stage asset from Immunomedics which has gone south and resulted in lawsuits). One Dir in Management was very abrasive and was trying to make me fall on my face with constant interruptions, uptight attitude and trying to belittle my experience. I was asked questions like, how would you deal if member of Senior Management were to scream and yell at you. I appreciate the honesty but this is not a work environment I look forward to working in and I was already looking forward to running out of there with such line of questioning
    5) The BD opportunity involved looking for more technology supporting their outdated ADC technology (new linkers etc. ) and support on other matters. The BD team is not as strong with members themselves lacking good understanding of current oncology landscape and science behind them. I was asked multiple times what types of technologies I would look at and they were writing down my responses and their follow-up questions suggested no basic understanding of the current landscape. They recently overpaid for the questionable Unum technology platform and got themselves into lawsuit over Immunomedics deal

    Overall, at outset it seems like good opportunity but would not recommend it since it focuses on enhancing their outdated ADC technology, working in dysfunctional team where everybody is very inwards focused and not receptive to new ideas (this is antithesis of BD role) and questionable future. I regret my decision to go for interview there, it was waste of time but I would never have found out about all these details from outside, so hopefully this is helpful to other candidates.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your style of negotiation?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    I didnt like the organization, team and the role


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    Staff Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bothell, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at Seattle Genetics (Bothell, WA).

    Interview

    I applied on their website and after a week,on July 30 got an email from HR person to set up a phone interview with her. Had phone interview with her on 8/4/15 (behavioral and role related questions) Interview was about half an hour. After that had a phone interview with Accounting director on 8/7/15, followed by in-person meeting with her at Starbucks on 8/14. Then I was called for final round of half day onsite interview with 7 people on 8/25. Interview was good but I was informed on 09/04 that I was not selected for the role.

    Interview Questions

  3. Helpful (1)  

    Statistical Programmer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Seattle Genetics.

    Interview

    Applied online and got an email after a week to schedule a phone screen. The interviewer asked me to describe my background qualifications and experience. There was no HR call. Over all interview felt ok but I got a feed back that I will be a good fit for another department

    Interview Questions

    • There were several sas questions like what all procedures I know and functions that I used before. Asked me some SQL questions such as the types of joins used etc. The interviewer was looking for clinical trail experience too. It was about half hour interview   1 Answer

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    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Seattle Genetics in March 2018.

    Interview

    phone interview after apply after 2 weeks Introduce yourself, go through the resume, some fit question
    said there is another round of interview in two weeks, did not get feedback on that,

    Interview Questions

    • Introduce yourself, Talked about the project you did, what is the most difficulty that you over come   Answer Question

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Seattle Genetics in March 2018.

    Interview

    Two round phone interview. First with a hiring manager and then with a senior programmer, each take around 30 mins. The first one is basically about resume and experience and the second round is about SAS technical questions.

    Interview Questions


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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Seattle Genetics (Bothell, WA) in March 2018.

    Interview

    Applied online through their website. Waited 2.5 weeks before being contacted through email for a phone interview with the hiring manager. Scheduled a phone interview for a few days later.

    Overall, the 30 min interview was direct and to the point, but wasn't too tough. They asked questions about programming, software development, and stuff on my resume. Afterwards, I asked my questions—be sure to ask good questions.

    After a week, I was given an offer by the hiring manager.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe the software development process.   Answer Question
    • What is pseudo-code? What does it do?   Answer Question
    • Describe a project in which you considered programming specifications and system requirements.   Answer Question

  7. Helpful (1)  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Seattle Genetics (Seattle, WA) in February 2018.

    Interview

    It consisted of a brief phone interview with the hiring manager. She was friendly and only asked two questions. I didn't take as much to prepare for this interview as I should have and should have had better questions to ask her at the end.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a project that went well and one thing that went wrong during the project   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Seattle Genetics (Seattle, WA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    The entire interview process took place over the phone. For the first part of the interview, the interviewer told me about the position that was available. For the second part, the interviewer asked me questions about various relevant experiences on my resume. The interviewer then asked other more general interview questions. For the final part, the interviewer answered any questions I had about the company or the position.

    Interview Questions

    • The interviewer asked me various questions about my experiences at my current job (which was similar to the one I was interviewing for).   Answer Question

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    Intern - Hourly Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Seattle Genetics in March 2015.

    Interview

    You submit your resume and/or cover letter and the Hiring manager contacts you via email to set up a time for a phone interview. This whole process took about 2 weeks from start to interview time. The phone interview had questions you would normally expect. After the initial interview, they took about 2-4 weeks to get back and give you the offer. The position is a 'contractor' position but you're really an intern, and you're hired through Aerotek. Overall, not a terrible experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about yourself.
      Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
      What is your best trait?   Answer Question

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    IT Support Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Seattle Genetics (Bothell, WA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Two phone interviews. One with recruiter, one with manager. Manager was more technical. On-site interview was with a number of individuals within the teams and other departments. It took 2-3 hours total and was mostly centered in the same one or two rooms.

    Interview Questions

    • What was something you would have changed at your last IT Department?   Answer Question

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