Goldman Sachs Interview Questions

Updated Mar 22, 2015
Updated Mar 22, 2015
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  1.  

    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Goldman Sachs in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    Very long--met with over eight people all in groups of two each. They asked similar questions and apparently had to all be unanimous in order to get hired. They were nice, and it was a good team.

    Interview Questions
    • What is an example of something that went wrong with a project. How did you react?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Pay was very low compared to other jobs, and expected workweek was 60-70 hours. With those dynamics, I'd be making 50% less than other jobs in the area.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seoul (South Korea)
    Anonymous Employee in Seoul (South Korea)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Goldman Sachs in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Took one week. Interviewed with all the team members. 1:1 mostly. Some interviewers were very aggressive while some were friendly. First round was mostly behavior interview. Second round was mostly technical and little bit of behavior interview. Final round was interviewed by the head of research. Told me to wait one month so that they can also interview others.

    Interview Questions
    • Why Goldman sachs? What is Free Cash flow to Equity? Which industry sector are you interested? Why Equity Research? Pitch me a stock.   Answer Question
    • What is so special about our research report and what is different from other competitors?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    It was a campus interview which started with around 100 students applying for the job. They shortlisted 20 candidated based on their CVs. The first round was mostly about technical questions where they asked about different market risk concepts and about basics of diffenerenct fincncial instruments. They also asked about new regulatory regime Basel 3.

    Interview Questions
    • 1. What do you mean by Risk?
      2. What is Value at risk and what are the methods of calculating it?
      3. If 1 day 99% VaR is 10mm then what is 10 day 99% VaR?
      4. What is the underlying assumptions while scaling VaR to 10 days?
      5. What is backtesting?
      6. What are option greeks?
      7. Asked some questions about delta and Gamma like what would delta be for a long call position and other qns about different positional greeks
      8. What is liquidity coverage ratio?
      9. Compare Basel 2 and Basel 3 and then some question around new capital rules.
      10. What are your strengths?
      11. Three weaknesses
      13. Some differenct situations around team work like what would you do if you feel that other member in the team is taking your credit.. etc.
      14. Example of a situation when you had to convinve a lot of people to get tour work done.
      15. Example of a situation where you had to struggle to achieve success?
      16. Why risk management?
      17. What are your short teram and long term goals?
       
      Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Goldman Sachs in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    General Question with your resume and Tech interview for 1st round This was an on campus interview (1 on 1)

    2nd round on company building it was one 2 on 1 interview with seriouse questions and 1 on 1 interview with easy questions

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Spring Week, Securities Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    interviewed at Goldman Sachs in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    Cover letter and CV submission with basic questions on the home pages. Was invited for a 30 min interview. It was comptency based and a rather friendly interview, nothing out of the ordinary. HR was very friendly, and the inteviewer was also very friendly. She talked about herself and her position, and what role I would have. She gave me some feedback on the interview, and how I did, but unfortunately did not get the part.

    Interview Questions
    • Why goldman? Pitch a stock, how would you allocate £xxxm?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Operations Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I applied through my campus career portal and through the website. I knew they do specific recruiting events through ASU, so I attended a brief networking event where I chatted with a girl for 15 minutes and handed her my resume.

    I was offered an interview which took place on-campus. It consisted of two back-to-back 30 minute interviews, each with two members. I cannot remember off the top of my head what their exact positions were, but they were not just operations analysts but one of them had been working at Goldman Sachs for at least a decade. Most of them were older.

    The interview was nothing I hadn't already encountered, and the interviewers were very nice. I am a nervous interviewer but they made me feel comfortable.

    Some positions require a second, on-site interview in Salt Lake City (the office they recruit for at my campus). I did not have to do this interview and received an offer without. I am not sure how that second round works.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Intern Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Goldman Sachs in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    The director and his co-worker asked me to give a brief introduction, then they asked me a few questions about personal experience. At last they asked me a few technical questions including the index of nadaqs yesterday, what's the function of balance sheet.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Technology Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Goldman Sachs in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    I applied through university career fair. They gave me a phone interview after a month.
    45 mins phone interview : personality questions + python coding
    For this position, they only focus on ur coding skill.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Services Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jersey City, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jersey City, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Goldman Sachs in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    I went to a few of their campus events to network, I'm an engineering student. I applied online afterwards. A month and half later I got an email that I got a phone interview with Services. The interview itself was behavioral and not intimidating at all. A few days later I got invited to the superday. I arrived, and found out the interview was 5 30 minute back-to-back interviews, each interview had two people (a man and woman). The questions were very behavioral, and the people were incredibly kind. They tended to ask the same questions in each room. I got a call a week later with an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Who is your idol?
      What part of services would you like to work in the most?
      Describe a time where you had trouble with a group member.
      Describe a moral decision you had to make at one point.
       
      Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Financial Analyst - Private Wealth Management Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at Goldman Sachs in March 2015.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and was contacted by recruiter. After 30 minute screening interview, I was put forward to superday in Houston. It was a very fun experience and a lot less stressful than I imagined. All the interviewers were very personable and easy to talk to. Overall a great experience.

    Interview Questions
    • All background and behavior questions. 1 or 2 half technical questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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