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Summer Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in November 2013.
Interview Details – Very friendly interviewers. They seemed like they were rooting for you and hoping that you would succeed rather than looking for a reason to throw you out!
Since I go to school outside of the UK my first interview was over the phone. Very straightforward, I got asked the big three; Why you?, Why GS?, Why IBD?. Know your CV and be prepared to tall your story and you'll be fine.
Second round was three 30min interviews. Once again rather straightforward, little to no technical questions. I did have a few brainteasers though.
Interview Question – If a copper company had wrapped a ribbon of copper all the way around the earth and then they had to raise it up by 1m at every point how much more copper would they need? View Answer
Summer Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in November 2013.
Interview Details – The first round interview focused on commercial awareness (i.e do you read the FT and do you understand the deals GS are involved in) and a few standard technicals (e.g How would you value a tech company? How do you construct and analyse a DCF?).
Second round comprised of 3*30mins interviews - one fit, one technical, and one with a MD - in my opinion, the key to these interviews is to show that you are passionate about the role and fit with the Goldman culture (team working, quick learning, and client focused). Also, know your CV inside out and be prepared to think on your feet, the interviewers will throw some curveballs at you to see how you react.
I was very impressed by the whole process - the HR team were great and the interviewers were genuinely interested and impressive.
Interview Question – Read the vaults guide to finance interviews. Answer Question
Summer Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in December 2012.
Interview Details – I think overall it's good on balance.
Interview Question – Know what the economic development is like in the region you're interviewing. Answer Question
Securities Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in December 2012.
Interview Details – Campus recruitment carried out milkround, and i applied online. I was asked to one interview, and seemed to not click too well with the guy carrying it out- he hadn't read my cv, didn't know my name and thought i was a phd student! This may have been one big tactic, but it seemed that he didn't show much interest given that he even asked the question wrong at first (by his own admission).
Interview Question – Was asked to find the probability that a particle subject to brownian motion in the x direction, and with drift velocity v in the y direction would bypass two walls at y=y1 (going from x=0 to x= infinity) and y=y2 (from x=0 to x=-infinity) where y2-y1=y1. View Answer
Technology Division Spring Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and interviewed at Goldman Sachs.
Interview Details – I applied after speaking to someone at a campus recruiting event. I had the usual SHL numerical and verbal reasoning online tests and then interviews at their fleet street office a couple of weeks later. The interviews were two one-on-one, half hour interviews with no technical questions just the usual CV stuff and competencies.
Interview Question – Have you ever cheated or lied to get what you want? When? Answer Question
Summer Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience)
I interviewed at Goldman Sachs in December 2012.
Interview Details – Was interviewed via telephone for first round. General competency questions ("tell me about yourself" etc.) but also several technical questions relating to valuation of companies
Interview Question – What multiples could be relevant for valuing an oil company? Answer Question
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Sales Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in October 2009.
Interview Details – The process lasted 2 months max but it was 2006; I applied online with no referral, approximately 16 interviews in 3/4 rounds because i was selected by three different teams. First screening was written test and then all in person interviews. I got offer from all of them
Interview Question – The teasers because they are always unexpected and it is difficult to understand if you are following the correct path Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation, it was pretty standard and above my expectations out of university
Java Developer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in September 2013.
Interview Details – A half-hour phone interview first. Then the second interview was in 2 parts: a technical interview (about 1 hour) involving questions about java, sql, and the things I'd been working on, and a soft skills session about how you have dealt with people and situations in the past. Total of 4 interviewers in the second interview.
Interview Question – JPA implementations other than hibernate View Answer
Summer Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in December 2012.
Interview Details – First round: one 1:1 interview with a vice president from the division, competency-based questions lasting 30 minutes, went over CV
Final round: 3 back-to-back interviews (with 1-2 vice presidents from the division), competency-based questions lasting around 30 minutes for each interview, went over CV
There was a one-week gap between the first round and final round for me.
All quite straight-forward - no technical questions or brain teasers. Interviewers were very nice and friendly. Personally, I think the interview process puts a huge focus on seeing if your personality is the right fit with the firm's culture (eg. team player, enthusiastic, shows initiative).
Interview Question – What do you expect to get out of this internship? Answer Question
Economist Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in May 2012.
Interview Details – First interview: 45 min with an economist of Global investment research, Second interview (some days later): 45 min with the same economist and a Managing Director. Brief chat with another economist about my PhD research. Example of questions: : Tell me briefly about your PhD thesis and your main paper. Should Central Bank act when house prices are rising?What econometric techniques do you use in your thesis?
Interview Question – What’s the endgame for the Euro zone? Break up or no break up? Should you buy a house in Brussels? Answer Question
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