Goldman Sachs Strategist Interview Questions

Updated Jul 28, 2015
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Strategist Interview

Anonymous Employee
No Offer
Neutral Experience
Easy Interview

Application

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

Interview

I applied this position through college career website. Got contact after about a week. Then there is an one hour phone interview conducted by a starts team member. After introducing the team in the first 10 minutes, the interview goes for the technical questions. Questions are not hard, but they tried to find out what thought and idea bring you to that answer.

Interview Questions

  • 1. Develop a program getting the Fibonacci number 2. Find the expectation of times of rolls if u want to get all 6 numbers when u can rolling a 6 sided die. Also explain the underlying deduction. 3. Spot an arbitrage opportunity when given a specific situation that some options are mis-priced.   Answer Question

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    Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview

    They gave me a phone call after I applied on my school career website. Surprisingly, I was asked only one technical question. The rest was a chat about my career, my situation, and some time was spent on my past experiences. I thought it would have been more technical but it wasn't. I guess every interviewer is different and it's important to be ready for anything.

    Interview Questions

    • They gave me a phone call after I applied on my school career website. Surprisingly, I was asked only one technical question. The rest was a chat about my career, my situation, and some time was spent on my past experiences. I thought it would have been more technical but it wasn't. I guess every interviewer is different and it's important to be ready for anything.   Answer Question
    • They gave me a phone call after I applied on my school career website. Surprisingly, I was asked only one technical question. The rest was a chat about my career, my situation, and some time was spent on my past experiences. I thought it would have been more technical but it wasn't. I guess every interviewer is different and it's important to be ready for anything.   Answer Question
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    Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Goldman Sachs in February 2015.

    Interview

    A recruiter contacted me through my LinkedIn profile. There was an initial screen with just HR questions about your resume, what type of job you would be most comfortable with, rate your programming languages in order of comfort level etc. I then had 3 phone interviews each with a different member of the Starts team. The interviews were tailored based on each interviewer. My first interviewer had done a masters in Industrial Engineering so all questions were statistical analysis and a few brainteasers. My second interviewer was a CS major so it was all programming and algorithms. My last interviewer was a Computational Finance guy, so got asked equity and machine learning questions. Most importantly, know your computational complexities! They will ask you to derive them, if necessary.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the computational complexity of quicksort? Derive it mathematically.   Answer Question
    • Given three random variables (x,y,z) that are i.i.d, what is the probability of x+y+z < 1   Answer Question
    • Code a sqrt function without using built in functions.   1 Answer
    • What is a deadlock? What deterministic scheduling algorithm does JRE use? Describe the process. Also asked about user level threads   Answer Question
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    Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    15 mins of resume Q, 15 mins of talking, 30 mins of brainteaser. Q1: e^(a+b), e^a+e^b, which one is bigger Q2: x,y,z idd uniform distribution between 0 and 1. what's the prob of x+y+z>1

    Interview Questions

    • Q3: You are playing this game with flipping a coin. You can play it as many times as you want until there is a head. At the nth time, when you get a head, they will pay the 2^n dollars. How much are you willing to play this game? What's the fair value?   Answer Question
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    Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Goldman Sachs in December 2014.

    Interview

    I applied through their website and got a call after 3 weeks (on some Friday) to schedule a phone interview on the subsequent Monday at 10:00 AM. The coming Monday, nobody called me at 10:00, finally, after waiting for an hour or so, I sent them an email enquiring whether it was rescheduled or something. After another 30-40 minutes, somebody called me to tell me that the interviewer was busy so he couldn't call me and whether I would like to reschedule it for another day. I said, "fine, how about tomorrow same time" ? He said perfect and then he said that since he had like 15 minutes on the platter, he would like to ask me a few questions. I said fine. (I must say this, his voice and accent were extremely unclear, don't know which country he belonged to or what drug he was under the influence of for that matter!) Then he asked me 5-6 questions on Options (simple ones like vol spread, index arbitrage, exposure risk), C++(few basic ones like virtual functions), then he asked me how would I rate myself in python out of 10 . Finally, he said, that 1 hour technical interview is scheduled for tomorrow. After that nobody calls. I sent many follow-up mails to the HR, but to no avail. (come on guys, don't be shy !). It was such a bad experience that I had to talk about it here and let people know that how they treat others ! The show doesn't stop here. Since I had previously (before this story) applied for a few similar positions, then after the above fiasco, I again started getting calls from the HR people who would waste my 30 minutes promising to schedule an interview but it never happened ! Not to mention that these HR are so arrogant that they schedule an interview 3-4 days in advance just to talk about your background and behavioral questions. Another interesting thing was that one of the HR scheduled a call with me on Monday and then rescheduled it straight to the end of the week as if there was no value of time only to finally tell me that her collegue would be handling my case. I was like, haven't seen buffoons like these in my professional career (nor have heard) ! Lastly, after everything was over, somebody from their HR (the one who had spoken to me about a month back but had probably forgotten about it) again contacted me through linkedin (since I had stopped applying through their site) to schedule an interview. I was like "Give me a Break !" . I told them straight off that I'm not interested and to please do not contact me further and stop wasting my time. The conclusion is that there's something really terribly wrong with their mangement ! I ain't interviewing with them any further, nor am I going to recommend this company to any of my quant friends/collegues !!! Adios Goldman!

    Interview Questions

    • Options (simple ones like vol spread, index arbitrage, systematic risk), C++(few basic ones like virtual functions), then he asked me how would you rate yourself in Python, some questions about numerical libraries.   Answer Question
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    Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Goldman Sachs (New York, NY) in December 2014.

    Interview

    Into the second round of interview, the interviewer had a strong accent and didn't know what he wants in an answer. Very unprofessional and arrogant. The hiring manager was nice. He introduced what they were doing.

    Interview Questions

    • A lot of technical questions about programming and math, but to a trained engineer, these problems seem really simple and they were happy with my answers. Not much qualitative questions or resume questions.   Answer Question
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    Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    It is on campus recruitment. The first interview was taken in school. It is an one to one interview, interviewee is phd in applied mathematics, also strat from global portfolio team. Interview questions vary from people to people, depending on your backgrounds.

    Interview Questions

    • operation research: how to maximize Ax given Bx = b.   1 Answer
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    Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Goldman Sachs in November 2014.

    Interview

    I submitted the application through my college website and have an interview on campus. They ask me coding and brain teaser questions. It was hard since I have few coding background.

    Interview Questions

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    Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Goldman Sachs (New York, NY) in November 2014.

    Interview

    Submitted resume online -- was contacted a few weeks later for a phone screen. Phone screen touched upon academic background and interests, and involved one technical question (not too challenging). Afterwards, was invited to Super Day which consisted of 4 rounds of interviews, 2 in the morning, and, if you are invited back, 2 more in the afternoon. Morning interviews tended to be more technical and problem-solving oriented, afternoon interviews more fit.

    Interview Questions

    • Basic finance, probability, and computer science questions at the interviewer's discretion. May involve some questions particular to your technical background.   Answer Question
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    Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Two rounds of phone interviews and an full-day on-site

    Interview Questions

    • Regular brain teasers. They seemed to be very fond of asking questions on algorithms in particular. Nothing particularly difficult.   Answer Question
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