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Goldman Sachs Interview Questions & Reviews in London, England

Updated Apr 9, 2014

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London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in February 2014.

Interview Details – Applied online in early December, got an email 3 weeks later saying 1st round interviews will be scheduled. Heard back only in late January (so don't panic if it takes ages for them to get back to you...). 1st round interviews included 2 half hour sessions with two interviewers at a time, asking mostly behavioural questions and about past experience, skills, etc. A lot of 'tell me about an experience where you've had to show leadership/creativity' etc. Heard back after a long while, 3 weeks maybe. 2nd round interviews included 2 one-on-one sessions, same sort of interview, only this time I was also asked about specific roles/divisions I'd be interested in. Final interview was a more informal group meeting with a VP and another interviewee, asking what we look forward to, what we fear the most, what role we'd be most interested in. Only heard back after emailing a follow up email, 5 weeks later.

Interview Question – Describe one of your hobbies as if you are talking to a person who has never heard of it before.   Answer Question

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Securities Summer Analyst Interview

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London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in March 2014.

Interview Details – I applied online in November 2013 - had a phone interview in mid-January 2014. After 4 weeks I was invited to London in start-March where I had 3 individual interviews. First two interviews was very relaxed, some questions regarding the markets and behavioral questions. The third interview was much more technical.

Interview Question – I had to pitch a stock, which I had prepared for, but afterwards became very technical in terms of valuation questions.   Answer Question

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Junior FX Trader Interview

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London, England (UK)

Interviewed at Goldman Sachs

Interview Details – Please note that this was for academic year 07/08.

Recruitment for the grad programme had already ended and I think they had lost a grad on the FX desk. They were trying to fill that place post initial recruitment. Therefore this may not have been the usual process. I had no HR/competency round.

First stage:
I had 2 one-on-one interviews and a written numerical test.
-Interviews were with members of the desk.

Second stage:
I had 4 one-on-one interviews, again with desk members.
-I was rejected after these but there may have been further stages.

I'm not sure whether it was a ploy or accidental but I asked each one of my 4 interviewers for water in the second stage. They all said somebody would bring it. No one did. Pretty annoying.

In my opinion, it was the 'right' kind of process. No nonsense 'blag-able' competency questions. Well, for the most part (there was one lady that did the whole 'what 3 words would your friends use to describe you?'). Very practical process, in general. Test of knowledge, ability and mettle. At least you could sleep happy knowing that the best man/woman for the job got it.

I was mostly tested on technical knowledge of the markets. There was one very tough interview where you had to do mental arithmetic under pressure. Unlike other companies asking you how you react to pressure, this one guy put you under it and saw how you reacted. Made sense. I'm very good at mental arithmetic (and could answer them if relaxed) but struggled when bombarded with difficult questions in the interview scenario. Fair play. It told him what he needed to know.

Interview Question – All the interviewers had very different questions. The mental arithmetic under pressure was the hardest part.   Answer Question

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Summer Analyst Interview

Summer Analyst
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

Interview Details – Applied online in November 2013. Heard back about first round interview at the end of January. First round interview consisted of firstly an interview about an Analytical Thinking Exercise we were given when we arrived and then a competency based interview. Both interviews lasted 30 minutes. Heard back a few days later about the second round interview. It consisted of 3 30 minute interviews which were a mix of technical and competency baed questions. Waiting to hear back.

Interview Question – Where d o you see yourself in this company?   Answer Question

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Summer Operations Analyst Interview

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London, England (UK)

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

Interview Details – 1st interview was 30-minute face to face at Goldman Sachs.
The final interview is 3 x 30min back to back interview.

Interview Question – How do you deal with incomplete information?
Tell me a time when you took a risk?
What is 10% of 2 million?
What is the main product of the bank?
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Technology Analyst Placement Interview

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London, England (UK)

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

Interview Details – I had two rounds interview which are similar. In first round, there is exercises and then we need to explain our answers.

Interview Question – In technical question, they expect you to answer optimal solution. like in IQ test :D   Answer Question

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Summer Analyst Interview

Summer Analyst
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in January 2014.

Interview Details – I applied in October, interviewed in January, mainly competency based, nothing special, remember to keep up to date with financial news. The questions may varied depends on your past experiences, nothing unexpected. 1:2 interviews, they are nice.

Interview Question – Tell me some recent financial news   Answer Question

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Technology Analyst Interview

Technology Analyst
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in February 2014.

Interview Details – Applied online, was invited for a first round interview where we were given 30 minutes to read through and work out possible solutions to an analytical thinking exercise based on cloud computing, then spent 30 minutes explaining my approaches and possible solutions to one person and last but not least a 30 minute one-on-one interview about my competencies, questions included details about projects on my CV and how I would definite a highly motivated person, what I knew about goldman sachs and so on. Was invited to the final round about 3-4 days after, where I had 3 30 minute interviews, 1 one-on-one and 2 two-on-one interviews, again mainly based on competencies and a lot of questions about projects on my CV. A few technical questions were also asked. Now waiting to hear back!

Interview Question – What would you say to me if you were working at Goldman Sachs and I was a customer wanting to invest in clean, renewable energy in a particular area and a I was contemplating collaborating with one of the main competitors of GS?   Answer Question

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Technology Analyst Interview

Technology Analyst
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in January 2014.

Interview Details – One 30min analytical exercise, 30mins discussing the exercise. Then a 30min competency interview. If you get through you are invited back for department interviews

Interview Question – Questions regarding app development, Java objects, classes.
Analytical exercise was based on calculating how much it would cost the company to rent cloud computing power by the hour and daily in different time zones.
Competency test was taken by graduates or workers that have been there a few years.
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Operations Specialist Interview

Operations Specialist
London, England (UK)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in November 2013.

Interview Details – Interview set up by a recruiter for a specialist role. When I turned up for first interview realised it was a broader role. Not sure if spec provided was accurate or recruiter misled. Interview one was scheduled for 30 mins and was more about me and my goals, experiences and knowledge of GS. Questions straight forward and lasted about 45 mins.

Second interview also scheduled for 30 mins. With two senior managers who asked similar questions to interview 1 but wanted more concise answers. Also tested my ability to think with challenging questions. Interview cut off at 30 mins exactly.

Interview Question – How many ping pong balls fit in a 747? This question caught me of guard as was not expecting any trick questions in the second interview   Answer Question

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