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Updated Apr 17, 2014
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Interviewed at Goldman Sachs

Interview Details – Intense. Requires careful preparation. Seek feedback through mock interviews before superday. Have conviction.

Interview Question – Most questions are derivatives of questions on prep guides. I was asked how to solve the European crisis, which was expected. The surprise was the detailed follow-up on nuances. It was basically a pressure session.   Answer Question

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Operations Summer Analyst Interview

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Salt Lake City, UT

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

Interview Details – The Operations team had individual "informational" interviews on my university campus, and that same day had a networking session for potential applicants. After several weeks I received an interview, and prior to the interview, there was a networking session for interviewees only. The interview process involved two back-to-back interviews with two Goldman Operations employees. It took about two weeks to get the result of the interviews.

Interview Question – Be prepared to discuss why you want to work for Goldman Sachs and the Operations division. The rest are mostly behavioral questions.   Answer Question

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Analyst/Developer Interview

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

Interview Details – Applied through GS website. Interviewer scheduled 3 interviews on the same day. All three are technical rounds. I was asked about current project architecture, oops concepts, design patterns, SQL joins, Spring AOP.

Interview Question – concepts of hashmap and how to create a hashmap which can be expire it's values based on given time.   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

Interview Details – I had my first interview on campus because I attend a target school. The interview was between me and two CFA's working in the Philadelphia office. Because I am not a business major and was only a sophomore the interview was mostly behavioral. They asked a few questions about my knowledge of the markets, but it was basically just what a few indices had finished at the previous week. The most important questions were why I wanted to work in finance and more specifically why I wanted to work in Private Wealth Management. They also asked what I thought Goldman looks for in an intern. There were also a few questions about whether or not I thought I could handle the rigors of the internship, and they asked how long I thought they worked each day.

Interview Question – Probably why finance if not prepared with a sound answer.   Answer Question

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Summer Analyst-HR Interview

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New York, NY

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

Interview Details – Resume drop on website, invited to interview in NYC for superday. Arrived 15 minutes early, met other applicants and recruiter. Interviewed in separate rooms with individuals in the HR division.

Interview Question – Mostly behavioral, nothing out of oridinary   Answer Question

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Finance Summer Analyst Interview

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Jersey City, NJ

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in December 2013.

Interview Details – Applied through OCR, had first round interview on campus

Interview Question – Name a time you have faced an ethical situation and what you did   View Answer

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Analyst Interview

Analyst
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in July 2010.

Interview Details – Interviewed with 15+ investment banking professionals; everybody was friendly and engaging, but each interview was challenging

Interview Question – "What is 13 times 14?"   Answer Question

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Private Wealth Management Summer Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in March 2014.

Interview Details – Had a phone interview for 30 mins. mainly fit questions and understanding why I was interested in PWM. After 3 days I was emailed that I made it to final round interviews. I went to the office and had 5 interviews back-to-back, each one lasting 30 mins. Mainly Fit questions with some technical questions about the markets and investing. I was called 3 hours later with an offer.

Interview Question – How would you invest $10M for a 30 year old man who has two children?
Why PWM
Why Goldman
What was the stock market at
where do you see the stock market going in the next year?
what happened in the stock market over the past year?
Current news questions
Basic fit questions
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Strategist, Credit Flow Desk Interview

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New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

Interview Details – I networked at an on-campus recruiting event at my university. I seemed to impress some of the recruiters, who quickly passed on my resume to strategist teams at several of the trading desks. I was contacted over email about a week later and set up a phone interview for 3 days later. The phone conversation lasted 60-70 minutes. I was incessantly grilled on technical questions about finance, probability theory, and computer programming - no warm fuzzies or pleasantries were exchanged whatsoever.

Interview Questions

  • Consider a random walk on a graph in the shape of the capital letter Y, with nodes at A and B at the top, C at the bottom, and O in the center. With probability 1/3, there is a transition from O to A, B, or C that takes 1 time unit to complete. Find the expected time to get to C, starting at A.   View Answer
  • I was asked if I knew anything about sorting algorithms or macros in C. I went completely belly-up on this question, because I didn't know anything about either of them.   Answer Question

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Treasury Strategist Interview

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Interviewed at Goldman Sachs

Interview Details – First round with a member in the team. She asked questions focusing on the technical parts of my resume, including my thesis and course projects. Then she asked some simple questions in statistics and some questions about the financial market.

Interview Question – What is ETF?   Answer Question

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