Goldman Sachs Interview Questions

Updated Sep 15, 2014
Updated Sep 15, 2014
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    Interview Details

    I was sent Immediately to "super day".... through networking.

    5 interviews in Chicago office 7AM - Noon. Ranged from VPs to new hires.

    Awesome facility. The experienced professionals were awesome. Younger analysts seemed awkward & overworked.

    I am not a finance major, so questions were more market based/behavioral based/etc.... Nothing too complex. If you watch the news/follows the WSJ you should be fine understanding the questions.

    Interview Questions
    • "Why do you want to work at a company where you will have no life?"   View Answer
    No Offer
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    IBD Quant Interview

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    Applied via my program, a manager gave me a 30 mins phone interview, a lot of tech questions, including stats, stochastic calculus and questions about exotic derivatives. No behaviour question. And the interviewer was keeping challenge my answers even I got right. Guess he want to test how people preform under stress.

    Interview Questions
    • A lot, no questions from classical quant interview books.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Technical Analyst Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online. HR contacted me and had a brief interview: questions about past work experience, why switch? why goldman? etc. They passed along my resume to multiple teams. Heard back from 3 teams. Each team conducted an initial phone screen. It sounds juvenile, but def know everything you put on your resume. The first guy that interviewed me asked things from when I was in college (nearly 2 years ago) and I didnt remember everything for eg UNIX commands. One of the teams liked me and decided to conduct two back to back technical interviews with developers on the team (think they wanted to make sure I was good to fly me to nyc since I was out of town). Still waiting on onsite interview.

    Questions from phone interviews:
    - Difference between interface and abstract class. When would you use one over the other.
    - Left join vs right join
    - what is the join on a table itself called
    - What is a spring bean - more spring type questions
    - what type of jdbc statement would you use for an sp
    - what is the sdlc process at your current firm?
    - difference between jsp and js
    - how would you find and remove a duplicate row in a table
    - why is String immutable?
    - how many hours a day do you spend coding?
    - how would access SQL from Java code
    - how would you open a db connection

    Interview Questions
    • Design a restaurant with people in line, waiters, tables seating system, etc using data structures + design patterns   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Summer Financial Analyst Interview

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

    Interview Details

    First round interview was at college recruiting center which lasted about 30 minutes. It was very friendly with two interviewers. They asked about my resume, why I chose my school and what my experience with Excel was. Next interview was superday at GS headquarters. Multiple interviews, starting from 8am, all of which got harder and harder as the day progressed. First few interviews were with Analysts or young Associates, next few were with Managers and Directors. Questions start becoming more technical after second or third interview in the office.

    Interview Questions
    • They set up scenarios about the economy, and asked what the Fed's role in abiding the crises were.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Summer Analyst - Investment Banking Interview

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    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    Only invited to first round interview. The interview was basically behavior. 2:1 interview. The reason why you are interested in investment banking is a questions I got asked three times, comparing to my previous experiences.

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    AML Compliance Interview

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I had a first round of interviews with four people, then they contacted me a week after to schedule the following week the next round. I had a second round of interviews with ten people (some in person and some over the phone). Everybody was very pleasant and friendly. There was no difficult question. Most the questions were aimed to check whether I would get along with team.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Operations Analyst Interview

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    I applied through college or university - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    The first round was on campus, and on the second round we were invited to the office. All of them were back-to-back interviews 2 to 1 or 1 to 1. The first round we had 2 interviews and the second round 3. The interview questions themselves were not difficult but you have to know what you bring to the table and be prepared to present yourself well, just like in any other interviews. Some interviewers were a bit daunting and I got nervous. Be confident and don't ramble!

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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Risk Management Interview

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

    Interview Details

    I apply through career center, then apply through online system. They email back and schedule a date for interview. Then they call me on time. the phone call lasts about 30 minutes. Some behavoral questions like teamwork experience, and some other question for accounting statements.

    Interview Questions
    • given walmart, facebook, boeing, which company is most risky?   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Corporate Derivatives Interview

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    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    I had a phone interview that was very impersonal. Very brief intro / discussion of my background followed by about 4-5 brainteasers and quantitative questions. The interviewer was clearly reading a list of questions he'd been asked to ask me and was looking for very specific answers (i.e. if I didn't answer the way he expected me to he asked me "if I could possibly answer the question a different way"). I'd suggest reading over "Heard on the Street" by Crack; questions asked were very similar those ones.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe the graph of stock price versus vega of a binary call option   View Answer
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Quant Interview

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    I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    The process is through a recruiter and the recruiter notified me just before the interview which was really hard to prepare. The interview is pretty standard. You will be asked about your resume for about ten minutes and you are allowed to ask about the position. Then it comes the brain teaser.

    Interview Questions
    • Why does the average of independent random variable converge to normal distribution, not others?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

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