Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Summer Analyst Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 27, 2014
Updated Jul 27, 2014
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Investment Banking Summer Analyst Interview

Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
Application Details

I interviewed through college or university. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in January 2014.

Interview Details

First round and second round both in the office. First round was mostly behavioral, asked about my previous internships and how it relates to investment banking. I worked in real estate private equity the previous summer and the interviewer asked me how the process is similar to a leveraged buyout. Why banking? Pitch me a stock (know certain multiples about your stock (EV/EBITDA) and others that's related to the industry. Got a call an hour later to come back the same day for the final round. 3 interviews of 30 minutes. Random brain teasers like one about buckets (3 liter and 5 liter, how to make it 4 liters). Overall less technical than other investment banks, they focus a lot on fit and how you know the markets.

Interview Questions
No Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

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    Investment Banking Summer Analyst Interview

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

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    First round on-campus recruiting. Two rounds of phone interviews with a specific group followed by a super-day about a week later.

    Interview Questions
    • How to calculate the value of a commercial property with a single large tenant.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Investment Banking Summer Analyst Interview

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

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    Had an on-campus first round interview that was mostly behavioral (likely because I'm a sophomore). Was invited to a superday (exclusively for sophomores) that took place about 3 weeks afterward in their Jersey City office. The superday consisted of 3 back to back interviews and was again mostly behavioral, although the interviewers did ask some technicals related to my previous banking experience. I received a phone call with the offer during the next business day.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe in detail a deal that you worked on at your last internship. (That led into subsequent questions about valuation, industry differences, etc.)   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Investment Banking Summer Analyst Interview

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

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    Had an initial phone screening, then was called in for a superday in the Houston office. All of the guys were pretty easygoing, not too many technical questions. Mostly fit, why energy, why Goldman, etc. Didn't give me an offer, but did offer to help me with feedback on future interviews, which was helpful.

    Interview Questions
    • Can a stock that is more volatile than the market have a negative beta?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Investment Banking Summer Analyst Interview

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

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    Applied through college's career services office and through Goldman Sachs' website. Received first round interview. Did not get a same-day second round interview. Interviewer began with technical, rather than fit questions, which led to an awkward start. Asked a brainteaser; in retrospect, it was more important to remain cool, calm, and collected, then arrive at the right answers. Testing composure. Had to pitch a stock.

    Interview Questions
    • Where would you invest your money these days? Pitch me a stock.   Answer Question
    • Which would you rather push: Button A with X or Button B with Y? (Question regarding appreciation and interest rates)   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Summer Investment Banking Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied through campus recruiting. Phone interview for first round. Goldman likes to ask questions in their own form. Rather than asking what your stock pitch is, they would ask about what you would do with $1 million today. It is more implicit and you gotta be sharp on your feet to pick up the clues they throw at you.

    Interview Questions
    • What is your personal WACC? - This is a test to see your technical skills and also to have a glimpse into your personal life. Why would your cost of equity be high? Do you have a lot of extra curricular activities and time is a luxury?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Investment Banking Analyst Summer Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    Phone interviews with 2 associates followed by superday that comprised of 3 1:1 interviews. Interviews comprised of mostly fit questions. Technical questions are based on your CV. Everyone was really pleasant and helpful. Really pleasant experience. Process was swift and fast.

    Interview Questions
    • What are some M&A deals below 500million that were done by Goldman recently   Answer Question
    No Offer
  8.  

    Investment Banking Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    The process took 3 days - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    Fit is huge, though very different from most other banks. Fit at Goldman is based on intelligence rather than looks.

    Brain teasers are a joke (directly from vault) and in general, just demonstrating to them that you are smart and can work in a team are great tips.

    Overall, one of the easiest interview experiences I had.

    Interview Questions
    • If I stacked pennies from the ground to the top of the Empire State Bldg, would they all fit onto a floor of the building?   View Answers (3)
    • Walk me through your resume   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Placed into an IBD group (capital-markets related) rather than an industry group offer from another BB

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Investment Banking Summer Analyst Interview

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

    The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was very professional. The HR at Goldman Sachs are definately one of the best in the industry. In my impression Goldman Sachs are looking for highly intelligent candidates with no need to show off. Big egos will not fit with the team culture at GS.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Investment Banking Summer Analyst Interview

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

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    GS did not ask for tests (numerical, verbal reasoning) and did less interviews than other banks. Process consisted of 1 phone interview and 2 onsite interviews. Phone interview was said to be competency based but it was 80% math and 20% competency, be prepared for some straightforward calculations and core math questions. They value speed in answers but correct answers even more. 2nd round consisted of 2 1:2 interviews with brainteasers and finance and valuation questions. Do not be surprised to get a question about the contents of a cube etc. Interviewers were nice although not very responsive. Make sure you do not make any mistakes, are extremely passionate about the firm and i-banking.

    Interview Questions
    • You have a cube of 100cm*100*100cm. You poor 1 liter of water into the cube, how high will the cube be filled with water in centimeters?   View Answer
    • Main difference between transaction multiples and trading multiples?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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