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Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
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The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Theravance (South San Francisco, CA) in January 2010.


I was interviewed for a position over the phone. The Senior Scientist would not describe the job to me in any other detail, then it contained organic chemistry synthesis. The Scientist asked very basic questions that I responded to and then attempted to expand on (experience at different position). I had to pull teeth to get him to talk at all. He stated that due to IP he could not talk about his company, AT ALL. While, my job is all IP, but if its in a patent or on a press release you can discuss what is published, which is usually a very simple concept not involving IP. For example we work with polymers, he wouldn't give me anything. The interview lasted 20 minutes. He emailed me latter saying he wanted me to put together a Power Point presentation on my work and email it to him. I have a BS degree and all my relevent experience is in my work that involves IP, not only did he not talk about IP he wanted me to EMAIL a non-authorized IP inspired presentation to him just to see if he wanted to fly me in for an interview? The Power Point I could make, carefully choosing what to write and draw, emailing it was a definite no, no; And all this when he didn't discuss the position or sell me on the company. Maybe I have the situation screwed up and this is what's expected of an out of state applicant, but I passed on sending him material.Feel free to post thought

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