Goldman Sachs HCM Interview Questions

Updated Jul 15, 2014
Updated Jul 15, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Machine Learning - Human Capital Management (HCM) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. 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 Questions
    • 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.
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    HCM Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in December 2011.

    Interview Details

    Very long and tedious process. Over 15 interviews for a position they ended up putting on hold.

    Interview Questions
    • Goldman is a New York based, type A company so questions came fast and furious. They gave you a schedule beforehand and adhered to that schedule to a T.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    HCM Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 days - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    This was a great interview process. Everything happened really quickly. I received follow up right away and my interviews were scheduled immediately. Initially I was interviewed by a recruiter, then I went to the office for a super day and had 3 back to back interviews. The next day I received a call with some positive feedback and was asked for my availability for a phone interview. The interviews were knowledge and behavior based questions. Even though the total number of interviews is a lot the process is really efficient.

    Negotiation Details
    n/a
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    HCM Summer(Teach First) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  City of London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in City of London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Application form was a simple 300 word covering letter + work experience history.

    3 weeks later I was invited to first round interview. Typical 45 minute HR interview with a mixture of competency and knowledge type questions.

    A week later I was invited to final interviews. 2 half-hour interviews with senior staff in HCM. First interview was more of a conversation with only one 'interview' style question and the rest was questions to the senior member and discussion of answers. Second interview was more technical regarding functions of HCM and ideas about issues in HCM.

    A few days later I was informed of the offer and an opportunity for a full time offer if the internship goes well.

    Interview Questions
    • Can you outline a particular issue facing HCM with regards to recruitment and your thoughts about how you might overcome this.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation possible but very fair wage.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    HCM Summer Analyst UK Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Round 1: 3 interviews. 2 after another, then a short break before the third. They asked about basic competencies; each interview was targeted at a different set of competencies. Generally very nice people. Typical questions were:
    -Why do you want to work at GS?
    -What do you like about the world of finance?
    -Tell me about a time when you had to solve a conflict in your team.
    -Tell me about a time when you led a team.
    - How would your friends describe you?

    Round 2: Group assessment, then 2 interviews back to back
    Group Assessment: work in two teams to solve a Global Mobility Solutions problem
    Interviews: More probing questions with senior people within the HCM department.
    -Talk about your work experience
    -How has your experience made you different from other candidates?

    Interview Questions
    • Quickfire: A guy calls up, he's irate, and asks why his wife is not included in his corporate health plan. How should you advise him?   Answer Question
    • How would your friends describe you?   Answer Question
    • You are working in a team, and everyone disagrees with you. What do you do?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    HCM Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  City of London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in City of London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    In a word - scary.

    Really professional experience. The people interviewing me were truely brilliant people. A lot of respect for their knowledge and ability, but they grill you for sure!

    Interview Questions
    • Explain the impact of moral hazard on the recent economic crisis, and the impact that has upon HR.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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