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Genentech Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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Senior Administrative Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
South San Francisco, CA (US)

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Genentech in November 2013.

Interview Details Lots of interviews to get a job of this nature

Interview Question – What is a pivot table and how would you use one?   Answer Question

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Senior Research Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
South San Francisco, CA (US)

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Genentech in February 2014.

Interview Details Conducted a phone interview, ~1hr, with the hiring scientist about 2 months after applying on-line. Received notification same day that I was requested for an on-site interview which was completed the following week. The interview day was intense. First, started with another interview with the hiring scientist followed by my one hour seminar on my previous research. About 20-25 scientists from the department attended my talk and asked questions throughout the entire hour. I then had 12 other interviews throughout the day with research associates and scientists from the department. In all, the day lasted from 9AM to 6PM and I was beat by the end. Everyone was extremely nice and answered my questions as well. Didn't get an offer in the end, but felt lucky to even get one of the four interviews for the position after hundreds applied. It did take about 1 month after my on-site interview to hear that I did not get an offer - the process can be slow. Great learning experience and Genentech is a great company to do research at.

Interview Questions

  • Why apply for this position vs. doing an academic post-doc? They really emphasize that a SRA cannot advance to a scientist-level position in the company. If hired, you will remain at the lab bench and they want to be sure that candidates are well aware of this.   Answer Question
  • Giving certain resources, how would you go about identifying and validating a new cancer target?   Answer Question
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Easy Interview

Service Desk Analyst Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Genentech in February 2014.

Interview Details Hiring event consisted of about 45 prospective employees.

Everyone was split into teams of about 5-6.

Teams were given scenarios where you work as a team to solve. There are a total of about 5-6 scenarios.

After the scenarios, 1 on 1 interviews are conducted (or 2 managers and you). You may need to wait over an hour for your interview depending on how many people are there.

1 on 1 interview: There were no technical questions at all. Every question asked was based on customer service.
How did you handle a difficult customer before?
Have you had any conflicts with teammates in the past?
What is the most challenging thing you have overcome in the workplace?

Tips
Make sure you speak! Do not let someone else speak for you. Yes this happened where people stayed quiet.
Remember details about your teammates
You are watched throughout the entire 6 hour event so be social and respectful

Interview Question – The hiring process is very straight forward and simple. Most difficult thing for me was waiting about 90 minutes after the group scenarios for my 1 on 1 interview.   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

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Very Easy Interview

Structural Biology Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and interviewed at Genentech.

Interview Details Applied online, received a call from scientist running the lab

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Accepted Offer

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Associate Scientist Interview

Anonymous Employee
South San Francisco, CA (US)

I applied in-person and the process took 7+ weeks - interviewed at Genentech in March 2010.

Interview Details Typically, an interviewee will be interviewed over two days and will be required to give a seminar. Each 1:1 will be with a Scientist, Senior Scientist of Director.

Interview Question – You will be asked about the current standard of care and how you might be able to fulfill an unmet medical need.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation

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Bioinformatics Internship Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Genentech in March 2014.

Interview Details This internship is for bioinformatics analysis of mass spec data (peptide-protein inference). I had a 30 minutes phone interview and the recruiter asked questions primarily based on the resume and a few behavioral questions. The technical questions are primarily about projects I have been working with as a graduate student.

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Global Pricing and Market Access Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied online and interviewed at Genentech.

Interview Details 2 phone interviews. Mainly asked about my experience, how I would handle a problems that I might approach, what I believe is the most important part of solving a problem

Interview Question – What specifically do you know about Excel?   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

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Medical Science Liaison Interview

Anonymous Employee
Newark, NJ (US)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Genentech.

Interview Details Phone interview, personal interview

Interview Question – What is your passion   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotiated sign on bonus

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Materials Operations Specialist Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied through other source and interviewed at Genentech.

Interview Details My management experience: Just do what they say and don't ask too many questions.

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Associate Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee
South San Francisco, CA (US)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Genentech in April 2013.

Interview Details Very fast turnaround. Two phone screens then one day onsite that featured ~8 interviews that were all qualitative about my experiences, no case studies were involved.

Interview Question – I was asked how I would approach a past project I did if I was in a different function, in terms of methodologies that I wasn't familiar with at the time of interviewing   Answer Question

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