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Updated Jul 6, 2014

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GSAM Legal Analyst Interview

GSAM Legal Analyst
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in March 2014.

Interview Details – I went through a telephone screening interview with an on-site recruiter, and was then given an interview schedule. I interviewed with six different people: 2 VPs, then 2 analysts, then 2 separate analysts. I was never given notice when I was not hired, I had to contact the recruitment representative. However, I have since been given the opportunity to interview in a different position which more closely matches my skill set, so the (very brief) thank-you letters may have been helpful.

Interview Question – There were not any unexpected questions, my biggest mistake was not remembering names of people I'd met thus far. Pay CLOSE attention to the names of everyone you meet from the time you enter the building.   Answer Question

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Machine Learning - Human Capital Management (HCM) Interview

Machine Learning - Human Capital Management (HCM)
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in January 2014.

Interview Details – I applied to the recruiter webpage and got called by her. She asked me if I was interested in switching to this role because I am originally a Computer Vision Engineer. I said yes and she scheduled me an interview. First interview was hard and second slightly easier. The position was put on a hold and I didn't follow back afterwards.

Interview Question – First interview:
1. Improve the product google glass by identifying objects in scene and populating information about it on screen.
2. How to efficiently index a book based on words

Second Interview:
1. SQL - write a query to extract the first occurrences of sales according to person name (I am not very experienced in SQL and my answer might not have been very good. But he realized that about my background and moved on to programming questions).
2. Write a function to find the 2nd highest number in an array - Easy to solve.
3. Write a function to find the nth highest number - I kept giving solutions and he asked me to improve the time complexity at each step.
First step - use quick sort to find nth order statistic
Second step - to sort the function by merge sort and return nth order statistic.
Third step - if this function is called over and over again, use a hash table to store sorted version of array and return the nth statistic.
4. How to efficiently index a book based on words
5. Probability question: There's one box - has 12 black and 12 red cards, 2nd box has 24 black and 24 red; if you want to draw 2 cards at random from one of the 2 boxes, which box has the higher probability of getting the same color? He added, can you tell intuitively why the 2nd box has a higher probability - My solution was that at a step when you remove a card, say a red one, the second box still has a higher probability of drawing a red card than the first box and he said it is right.
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Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst

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Interview Details – Thought it was an enjoyable, although very challenging and rigorous process. The team members were all especially courteous and took a genuine interest in evaluating my abilities critically yet respectfully. You immediately got a vibe that the organization was filled with bright, if not a bit prideful, people.

Interview Question – Unexpected: If you could only be given two of the core financial statements a company produces, which would you choose?   Answer Question

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GSAM - Intern Interview

GSAM - Intern
Salt Lake City, UT

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in March 2014.

Interview Details – Fairly rigorous process that involved meetings, a one on one interview, followed by a super-day set of 3-4 interviews conducted over the course of a few hours. Some of the super-day interviews were on-on-one, while others had 2-3 people on a panel-style interview. The process finished with a tele-conference interview with executives in New York

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Financial Analyst Interview

Financial Analyst
Salt Lake City, UT

I applied through college or university - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in March 2014.

Interview Details – Had my resume on file and called me in for an interview. Had two 30 minute interviews where typical behavioral questions were asked as well as some questions specifically about finance. I sent in follow up thank yous to each interviewer. It has been 4 months since the interview and Goldman has not given me any response. It would be nice if they would at least say they decided not to hire.

Interview Question – Do you know what a hedge fund is?   Answer Question

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Software Developer
New York, NY

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

Interview Details – Initially telephone screening has been done. It went around 50 mins. They covered Java basics and SQL basics followed by reason for looking change. Later after a week received a call for face to face interview.
Recruiter told it will be another one or two rounds of technical interviews followed by HR interview. But after reaching there I understood that there will one hour skills test, which test your problem solving skills , Java skills and SQL skills followed by assessment and discussion on your solutions that you provided. I haven't expected that. But I did good in that written test. After discussion went on the solutions that I wrote by two different interviewers separately. Later I have been asked to wait for some time. After 5 mins I got the update that I can leave for the day.

Interview Question – Time Complexity of a solution that I provided.   View Answer

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Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

Summer Analyst - Technology

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

Interview Details – Got interview from on-campus-recruitment in Feb 2014 . The whole process is about 30 minutes.I was asked about behavior questions and a brain teaser. The interviewer asked about projects concerning programmings on my resume.

Interview Question – What's the difference of Java and C.   Answer Question

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Compliance Division Interview

Compliance Division
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in June 2014.

Interview Details – A contact referred me to five positions, and within a week they contacted me about interviews for one of them. I met with four different people for 30 mins each. Questions were similar each time regarding my experiences and qualifications, and the expectations I had about the job. They had several behavioral questions regarding situations that might come up during the job (coping with uncertainties, difficult personalities, time pressure, etc.). Everybody was friendly and said it was great working at GS.

Interview Question – It is not really unexpected - but I am never sure what to say when they ask about my biggest weakness and how I am coping with that.   Answer Question

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Operations Analyst Interview

Operations Analyst

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in February 2012.

Interview Details – Interviews consisted of two 45 minute rounds with two pairs of recruiters. Both interviews were behavioral - very little technical questioning. The recruiters were very nice and the tone was conversational, no grilling. Called back within a week.

Interview Question – Why do you want to work at Goldman Sachs?   Answer Question

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Cyber Analyst Interview

Cyber Analyst

Interviewed at Goldman Sachs

Interview Details – phone interview was quick and straight forward, polite, normal conversation. It lasted approximately 15-20 minutes. There were no surprise questions and it was exactly what a normal interview is like

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