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Goldman Sachs Summer Technology Analyst Interview Questions

Updated Dec 11, 2014
Updated Dec 11, 2014
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    Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    30 minute screening interview which focused solely on my resume. I discussed my current projects and research. The interviewer mainly tried to see how I would fit into a team. Questions about any problems that could have arisen within a group project and how I worked through it. Asked why Goldman Sachs.
    Called in for on-site interview which was 2 hours - 2 back to back 45 minute interviews followed by 30 minute networking session. I was interviewed by 2 people each time and they wanted me to explain why I wanted to work for Goldman and how I thought I'd fit. Focused on relevant coursework and project work. Then went into some programming. Asked to find out if a word was a palindrome. Asked about what division I was most interested within the main 4 divisions within the technology department. Second interview focused more on my SQL knowledge and analytical thinking. Simple math problem - if you had a cube that was 1x1x1 and you joined multiple cubes of those dimensions to form a super cube of dimensions 8x8x8 and then sunk that cube into a tub of red paint, how many little cubes are not touched by the paint.
    Each interview ended with about 10 minutes for questions

    Interview Questions
    • Took one technical word I used when describing my project work and asked me to elaborate, when actually I had minimal understanding of that word   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    The interviewing process began at my university career center and career fair. If your resume made it passed the screening process then you were invited for on-campus interviews.

    On-Campus Interviews:
    Met with 2 interviewers for 30 minutes each back-to-back. One of the interviews was entirely resume based. This is a very important aspect to understand while going into a technical interview. The only thing you can control in its entirety is what you say you know by putting it on your resume. I was asked java questions, classes. I was asked about Ocaml (which I had on my resume). Everything was straight forward. Spent most of my time talking about one of my projects. Resume-based interviews prevent lying, if you don't know something your interviewer will keep asking you more in-depth questions until you sound like a fool. (not speaking from experience, but absolutely will happen if you choose to BS an answer instead of saying you don't know). The second interview was designing an algorithm to plan a busy executives schedule. They really just want to see how you think about solving this type of problem. Just know how to be logical and VERBOSE. They need to know what you're thinking at all times to know you aren't stumped.

    A week after the on-campus interviews finished I was invited to their superday at their Jersey City office. This was an amazing experience. All expenses were paid from the getting to the airport, my flight, my food, and the 5-star hotel they choose to put you in. It was calming, just what I needed to do well. This year they changed the superday interviewing structure, as I'm sure you've read, in the past interviewees could have as many as 9 interviews with 3 different sub-divisions of tech in one day. This year they revamped the system to make it more efficient for everyone, interviewers and interviewees. Everyone has two back-to-back interviews, each are 45 minutes. Both interviews have 2 interviewers from differing backgrounds. Remember, I am only speaking from my own experiences here, but it seemed like the first interview was more resume-based. They asked me to talk about myself and my keystone project (rubik's cube solving robot). They asked about a time I had to optimize code, I talked about the sieve of Eratosthenes. All standard OOD questions, inheritance. One interesting questions was what happens when you type a website into a browser. My interviewers were writing all over my resume taking notes, both good and bad.
    The second interview was with two more individuals and they didn't look at my resume. Asked me all questions judging how I think. How would you calculate the exact amount of manholes in manhattan? How would you design a tetris videogame in java? Tell us about your rubik's cube algorithm.

    All in all it was an interesting type of technical interview, no coding questions at all (for me). I proved quickly that easy technical questions and definitions weren't going to stump me so they wanted to see how and what I was thinking.

    Still study your programming interview books though...

    Interview Questions
    • Unexpected (still easy though): Tell us everything you know about what happens when you type a website into a browser and push enter.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There is no ability (or need) to negotiate. Offer was outstanding.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    Had on-campus interview, which was pretty easy and asked about basic array and string manipulation. Onsite in NJ was pretty difficult as they dove into more difficult algorithmic problems, which I hadn't learned about. It was a very stressful interview in general, and you really need to know in-depth CS concepts to impress your interviewer.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Technology Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    on campus interview for one hour then heard back within two days about coming in for 'super day' from 9-3 the next week. super day was a series of 30 minute interviews w/ lunch in between. interview was in jersey city

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The interview process was very professional, the interviewers were friendly and the interview was more like a conversation than an intimidating Q&A. There was first an on campus interview and then they invited me for a 2nd round which was fairly similar to their first round except half an hour longer.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  7.  

    Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    phone interview about java OOP concepts, sql, why goldman, about me. I was then emailed 4 days later for a super day at goldman. Many other candidates were there. waiting to hear back

    Interview Questions
    • there are 25 horses, 5 can race at a time, find the 3 fastest with minimum number of races   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Goldman Sachs in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    On Campus Interview - two 30 minute interview, one technical and one behavioral.
    The technical interview was more about testing your analytical skills and your approach to solving a problem.

    On Site Interview - two 45 minute 2 on 1 interview follow by a networking session
    Know your resume very well. Both interviews involved technical questions and resume questions.

    Even though I didn't get the internship, the interview process was well organized and I had enjoyable experience and learn a lot about the interview process and what I need to work on.

    Interview Questions
    • What happens when you type in google.com into the web browser.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

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

    I applied online – interviewed at Goldman Sachs in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I went to a school which Goldman doesn't come to. I got a phone interview from someone in the technology department. There weren't so many questions regarding myself as a whole rather it was mostly technical stuff on Java. Some examples: 1) what is inheritance? 2) what is polymorphism? 3) does every class need a constructor? There were some other very technical questions on data structures. They asked what tech skills I have? SQL, Unix, HTML etc...?

    Interview Questions
    • How would you create a deck of cards using object oriented programming? If there are 3 boxes of marbles, one black one white and one mixed. They are mislabled (And forsure wrong) if you could pick one marble from any box you choose can you determine all 3. (a. yes b/c pick from labled mixed and you know its definitely white or black then you can tell the other one is mixed and figure out them all) - i got this and they still didnt give me the internship:(   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    Was invited to on-campus interview at first. The interview had two parts: first behavioral and second technical. The behavioral interviewer basically asked me everything on my resume. The interviewer annoyingly asked me twice/thrice about how I debugged my code of the same project. The technical question is about scheduling. I think it's a dynamic programming question but is not very hard.
    Was invited to on-site interview in a week. Two parts again: technical and behavioral. Two hours in total. The technical is easy. Basic hash table questions and string-integer conversion problem.
    Received an offer in a week.

    Interview Questions
    • The interviewer asked some financial questions. Answered a few but said "I don't know" to the last question.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Don't really enjoy the company culture.
    They messed up a tech talk event hosted by a student organization I am in.
    They don't get along well with other student organizations.
    They put "MR." before my friend's name on her offer latter.

    In general, they have no regard for people.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Onsite Interview: behavorial interview is to talk about favorite binary search tree, projects, leadership experience, dealing with teammates conflicts. technical interview is writing a program that inputs a string and returns the first char that is not repeated, and OOP design of a card game.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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