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Updated Jan 21, 2015
Updated Jan 21, 2015
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  1.  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    phone interview, Super day. Very short found out within a week after super day I was hired. Had to wait two months to start. Super day was very easy 4, 30 minute interviews all straight forward questions. Nothing difficult.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Equity Trader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    Straight forward questions about my history, ability to multitask,& market knowledge. It was very conversational, I didn't feel as if I were being interviewed or interrogated. Overall it was a fairly stress free vibe.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Controllers Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    The first round was a phone interview with a VP in Product Control. It went really well & it only lasted 20 minutes instead of the usual 30, with about 5+ minutes of my own questions that I asked him. He asked me Why Goldman Sachs, what makes a culture inclusive & tell me about a recent event that's sparking your interest. 3 days later, I got invited to the Super Day in Jersey City.
    The Super Day consisted of 2 30-minute back to back interviews. Each of the interviews are supposed to be a 2 on 1 style but I got lucky and I had a 1 on 1 interview for one of my interviews. The interviews weren't really hard & all the questions I got asked were behavioral. I got asked Why Goldman Sachs, go over your resume, talk about a recent event in the markets, what is Product Control. Once again I thought the interviews went amazingly for me. If you really prepare, which I did, then you should be fine. I would suggest going over accounting principles such as the 3 financial statements & understanding what Product Control does. Even though they didn't ask me I think it's better to be over prepared.
    The only bad thing about the whole process was how long it took to get updates on my candidacy. After the Super Day they told us we'd get an update in a week. 2 weeks after the Super Day I sent an email asking for an update which I didn't get. I got a phone call asking me about my graduation date & work status and I was then told I as going to hear back shortly. A week after that, after emailing again, I finally got an official update that I was wait listed but that I'd get an official yes or no before the holidays. I waited and once again I got no update. I once again had to send an email near the end of December & I finally got a call back a day ago about an offer. By the time of the official offer date I had thought they had completely forgot about me & wasn't expecting any update given my previous experiences. Although I'm really happy to join the firm, I was really let down by hiring experience just because of the lack of contact that HR promised.

    Interview Questions
    • If we got in touch with your old boss, what is the one skill that he would tell us that you need work on.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    If you read above, I was to the point that I didn't think I was even going to get an offer. So when I got the call about an offer I was so happy that negotiation didn't even cross my mind. The pay is still pretty good considering it's a middle office role.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Macro Research Summer Analyst Interview

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    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Sent my resume through my university's resume drop. Had an initial screening with alumni who worked at Goldman. After that I had a 30 minute phone interview with a member of the Macro Research group. Three weeks later I was contacted to participate in a Superday on-site. 5 interviews. 4 hours later the recruiter called to extend me an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing crazy hard. Most of the interviews were focused on my ability to state and defend an opinion on the economy and/or the effects of certain events on the economy. Ex: If the price of oil were to drop below $40, what do you think would be the long term effect on US GDP? What do you think Yellen considers when deciding when to raise interest rates? Is she considering the S&P 500?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. Summer analyst positions are prorated to base salaries for the position.
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    1st round on campus interview -
    30 mins behavioral interview:
    What is something you are bad at? What is something that makes you angry? How would your friends describe you? Why Goldman Sachs? etc etc.

    30 mins technical interview:
    Develop an algorithm to schedule an executive's day, given a list of people the executive has to meet with, the amount of time they request to see the executive, and the priority of the meeting. My interviewer basically helped me out and asked me a series of smaller questions as I walked him through how I would code the scheduling system.

    2nd round Jersey city interview-
    Two rounds of approximately 45 minutes mostly technical questions. They also asked some questions like greatest role model, why Goldman Sachs, but the focus was mostly on technical questions.

    -Some basic arithmetic/statistics questions, don't remember exactly but something like how many people would you let on plane given that certain percentage of the population is infected with a virus, and you have a vaccine that has a certain effectiveness?
    -How would you reverse a linked list?
    -Some questions on pointers.
    -What is the result of compilation?
    -Write a program that accepts an array of integers and returns an integer whose digits consist of the numbers in that array? For example given the array {1,2,3} it would return '123'. Had to also work for something like {4,31,2} which would give you '4312'.

    Interview Questions
    • The second round questions were a lot more technical in nature than I had expected. As an electrical engineer, I hadn't taken many coding classes and it had been a long time since I had done any substantial programming so I struggled with these.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    CRMA Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Applied through school and then had on-site interview in Salt Lake City. Not many technicals were asked but you should mention something related to the position to show off your interest. At the end of the day, it's about whether they like you.

    Interview Questions
    • If your superiors had chosen a color scheme for a presentation that you didn't like, what would you do?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
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    Human Capital Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Applied online initially, got contacted to do a Skype interview. Was contacted a week after to come to the New Jersey office. Had 3 one on one interviews
    Mostly behavioral questions, about Team work,
    Why Goldman Sachs
    Walk me through your resume
    Tell me more about XXX internship and what you did there
    What role are you most comfortable in team situations
    Why are you studying Finance

    Hope this helps!!!

    Negotiation Details
    none
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Summer 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

    I applied through a contact at my university. Took a few days before I was notified of an interview date. I had a phone interview which went well, but was not contacted for almost two months until I was invited to the Superday. The Superday was an all day thing consisting of multiple rounds of interviews with different teams within the organization.

    Interview Questions
    • Just some technical questions about valuation, etc. Asked about my view of where the market is headed.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Financial Analyst - Private Wealth Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    I received the first round interview by sending in a resume to one of the analysts who attended a professional convention held at my school. Although I thought I did not do as well as I had wanted, I still fortunately passed the second round interview and received a Superday opportunity.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  11.  

    Human Capital Management Summer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I initially applied to HCM online using their accelerated summer program. I then networked with a lot of GS employers, ranging from past summer interns to VPs. I got my resume forwarded by a couple different people, and I think that is why I was invited to a superday. I did not have initial screening interview, so my first direct contact with GS was on the superday. After the first interview, I was told to go home even though I was still being considered for the internship. About 2 weeks later, I was invited to another superday, and my recruiter told me that the teams that would be interested in me were not available to interview on the first superday. So about a month after my first superday, I went to the second superday and interviewed twice with 4 VPs from 4 different subdivisions of HCM, none of which I thought were "fit" for my skills. Both interviews went very well, and I clearly indicated that I was interested in 2 specific functions of HCM and they all seemed to agree that I would fit there best. The interviews were very relaxed but professional. Both interviews went 10-15 minutes over time, even though there were candidates waiting for their interviews after me. At the end of the second interview, I was so caught off guard with how much we went over time that I accidentally shouted "oh crap!" I was so embarrassed and apologized, and I really thought that I had no chance of getting in. I sent them thank you emails and didn't get enthusiastic responses either. The day after, I got a call around 7 PM with an offer!

    Interview Questions
    • So what part of HCM really interests you?
      What are some struggles that HCM is facing given today's economy and competition in the job market? What solution would you provide?
      Are you familiar with any federal regulations that HCM has to comply with?
       
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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