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Updated Feb 25, 2015
Updated Feb 25, 2015
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Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

Anonymous Employee
Anonymous Employee
Application Details

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

Interview Details

I had the first round on-campus interview with GS. It was one hour long. Half of it is technology interview, and half of it is behavioral interview. I was not good at designing algorithm, however the interviewer was so kind to lead me to a better answer. They are very kind in scheduling interviews. Most applicants through campus will get an interview opportunity. However because of the relatively large pool, you may not get the second interview unless you get the questions right. Their second round interview is on-site in NYC office, which lasts about 2-3 hours, lunch interview may included.

Interview Questions
  • The tech question was to design an algorithm. The problem is to schedule meetings based on free time slots, length of a meeting and priority of a meeting.
    Behavioral questions are all based on resume. They would ask every detail in your resume, including why and how you did something.
     
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No Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

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    Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Goldman Sachs in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    I applied through university. I was called for an on campus interview the following week. Afterwards, I was called for a final round the following week. I was offered the position 6 days later. It was all very professional and even when I felt the recruiters were being stiff, I felt they were being fair. The upper management was even nicer, usually guiding me through much of their questions.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked to work through a scheduling algorithm. There wasn't a fully correct answer but the interviewer wanted to analyze my thought process. The final interview was 2 rounds and was about many different concepts: OOP, hashing, sorting algorithms, etc.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lincoln University, PA
    Anonymous Employee in Lincoln University, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Goldman Sachs in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    Strict and Indepth. It was supposed to be on my resume and personality, but it had little to do with my resume, and nothing at all on my personality. It was totally based on the answers I gave. This continued for some time before a switch to Mathmatics which was general.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe C++, Java   View Answer
    • Describe Java   View Answer
    • How does Java and C++ differs?   View Answer
    • If I have a farm that produced 5 fruits, and I mix two fruits each to make a juice, how many juice will I have on my menu?   View Answer
    • If 4 different teams played against themselves with team A having 9points, team B having 4points, team C having 2 points, and team D having 1 point. Explain what happened in the tournament. A win is 3points, draw is 1point, and loss is 0point.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Goldman Sachs in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    On campus interview 2 30-minute interview, then onsite 2 45-minute interview. All people are friendly and make sure you are at a comfort environment. The process is very quick. After onsite interview, there was a casual meeting with current employees and a lot of fun talking with them

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Goldman Sachs in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    Two back-to-back on-campus interviews that were 30 minutes each. One standard interview and one technical interview. Have yet to hear back from them after a week. For the standard interview, it was typical behavioral questions. Make sure you know something unique about Goldman Sachs. The technical interview was a scheduling problem.

    Interview Questions
    • Discuss an algorithm to slot events into a single day from 9:00 to 4:00. The parts of the day are divided into 30 minute intervals. Some 30 minute intervals are blocked and an event cannot be scheduled to overlap with such an interval. Try to slot the events so that lower priority and lower duration events are dropped.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    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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    Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    First round interview was about an hour. First 30 minutes was behavioral and they asked me about my resume and how I worked with others. Second part was technical and they asked me to create a scheduling algorithm.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    30 minute screening interview which focused solely on my resume. I discussed my current projects and research. The interviewer mainly tried to see how I would fit into a team. Questions about any problems that could have arisen within a group project and how I worked through it. Asked why Goldman Sachs.
    Called in for on-site interview which was 2 hours - 2 back to back 45 minute interviews followed by 30 minute networking session. I was interviewed by 2 people each time and they wanted me to explain why I wanted to work for Goldman and how I thought I'd fit. Focused on relevant coursework and project work. Then went into some programming. Asked to find out if a word was a palindrome. Asked about what division I was most interested within the main 4 divisions within the technology department. Second interview focused more on my SQL knowledge and analytical thinking. Simple math problem - if you had a cube that was 1x1x1 and you joined multiple cubes of those dimensions to form a super cube of dimensions 8x8x8 and then sunk that cube into a tub of red paint, how many little cubes are not touched by the paint.
    Each interview ended with about 10 minutes for questions

    Interview Questions
    • Took one technical word I used when describing my project work and asked me to elaborate, when actually I had minimal understanding of that word   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    The interviewing process began at my university career center and career fair. If your resume made it passed the screening process then you were invited for on-campus interviews.

    On-Campus Interviews:
    Met with 2 interviewers for 30 minutes each back-to-back. One of the interviews was entirely resume based. This is a very important aspect to understand while going into a technical interview. The only thing you can control in its entirety is what you say you know by putting it on your resume. I was asked java questions, classes. I was asked about Ocaml (which I had on my resume). Everything was straight forward. Spent most of my time talking about one of my projects. Resume-based interviews prevent lying, if you don't know something your interviewer will keep asking you more in-depth questions until you sound like a fool. (not speaking from experience, but absolutely will happen if you choose to BS an answer instead of saying you don't know). The second interview was designing an algorithm to plan a busy executives schedule. They really just want to see how you think about solving this type of problem. Just know how to be logical and VERBOSE. They need to know what you're thinking at all times to know you aren't stumped.

    A week after the on-campus interviews finished I was invited to their superday at their Jersey City office. This was an amazing experience. All expenses were paid from the getting to the airport, my flight, my food, and the 5-star hotel they choose to put you in. It was calming, just what I needed to do well. This year they changed the superday interviewing structure, as I'm sure you've read, in the past interviewees could have as many as 9 interviews with 3 different sub-divisions of tech in one day. This year they revamped the system to make it more efficient for everyone, interviewers and interviewees. Everyone has two back-to-back interviews, each are 45 minutes. Both interviews have 2 interviewers from differing backgrounds. Remember, I am only speaking from my own experiences here, but it seemed like the first interview was more resume-based. They asked me to talk about myself and my keystone project (rubik's cube solving robot). They asked about a time I had to optimize code, I talked about the sieve of Eratosthenes. All standard OOD questions, inheritance. One interesting questions was what happens when you type a website into a browser. My interviewers were writing all over my resume taking notes, both good and bad.
    The second interview was with two more individuals and they didn't look at my resume. Asked me all questions judging how I think. How would you calculate the exact amount of manholes in manhattan? How would you design a tetris videogame in java? Tell us about your rubik's cube algorithm.

    All in all it was an interesting type of technical interview, no coding questions at all (for me). I proved quickly that easy technical questions and definitions weren't going to stump me so they wanted to see how and what I was thinking.

    Still study your programming interview books though...

    Interview Questions
    • Unexpected (still easy though): Tell us everything you know about what happens when you type a website into a browser and push enter.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There is no ability (or need) to negotiate. Offer was outstanding.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Summer Analyst - Technology Interview

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

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

    Interview Details

    Had on-campus interview, which was pretty easy and asked about basic array and string manipulation. Onsite in NJ was pretty difficult as they dove into more difficult algorithmic problems, which I hadn't learned about. It was a very stressful interview in general, and you really need to know in-depth CS concepts to impress your interviewer.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview

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