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Machine Learning - Human Capital Management (HCM) Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
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
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. Answer Question
Executive Assistant Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in March 2010.
Interview Details – Nice people, gorgeous offices. Something about the interviewer was a little off and they kept hammering away at my background and experience to see if I was going to make a mistake or say something wrong. Kind of weird. They also had a skills assessment that I really didn't want to take.
Very Easy Interview
Executive Assistant Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in October 2010.
Interview Details – the position was for an IT executive assistant but the person interviewing me didn't even know what O/S was therefore i got a feeling that this job was not for me. very unprofessional environment.
Interview Question – why do you want to leave for current job View Answer
Executive Assistant Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
The process took 2 days - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in June 2010.
Interview Details – Initially, a person from H.R. does a telephone screen and asks you about your work experience. If he/she feels you're good enough then you have a second round with another H.R. person. The three people (all H.R.) that interviewed me seemed laid back and were very upfront with me. I knew I wasn't the right fit for the person they were trying to fill the EA spot for. The one thing I do notice is that since Goldman is such a huge company, the recruiting people work in silos. They don't seem to share resumes with other divisions so it gets quite frustrating to have to go through the "first round" over again.
Interview Question – There were no difficult questions. View Answer
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