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GSEC Interview Questions

Updated Jun 28, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)  

    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at GSEC (Jersey City, NJ).

    Interview

    After the HR there was a phone interview with a VP, followed by three rounds of interviews. There were two people interviewing in each round, usually all on the same super day.

    Interview Questions


  2. Helpful (4)  

    Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at GSEC (Salt Lake City, UT) in January 2014.

    Interview

    Back to back 30 minute interviews with vp level interviewers. Be ready to discuss your resume, why you'd be a good fit for the firm, why the firm would be a good fit for you, and the skills you process to make an impact. Where a suit, and be ready to ask questions afterwards

    Interview Questions

    • If you have an investment that gains 10% then loses 10% is you return positive! negative! or nothing?   1 Answer
  3.  

    Senior Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at GSEC in April 2012.

    Interview

    After my resume was received by an employee. It took two weeks for them to contact me. I did a phone interview. HR interview, Group Interview, 1:1 interview. With Background check and drug test, bonding entire process took almost 4 months

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    Operations Analyst At GSEC Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at GSEC (Salt Lake City, UT) in March 2012.

    Interview

    I applied online for an operations analyst position with Goldman Sachs in SLC. I had a general interview/conversation with HR. This was quite unique because I was not expecting to hear back but receive an unexpected call from the GS HR rep. He asked me basic questions about salary range, work experience, why I am leaving my job etc. About 2 weeks later I was scheduled for 2 hours worth of phone interview consisting of 4 interviews, 30 minutes per interview with 4 different individuals. After this interview I was informed that even though I had done well GS Ops had decided to go with another candidate but due to my performance they wanted to consider me for a similar position with another operations division called GSEC.

    About 2 weeks later I went to the GS Washington DC office to have a video conferencing interview. Again this was 2 hours with 4 different individuals, 30 mins each. After going through this I was called about 3 weeks later for a final interview with senior level management. This was an hour worth of interviews 30 mins each with the Vice President of GSEC and another senior level executive. Similar to all other interview shortly after this interview on the same day I received a call from the HR rep telling me I had performed well and GS wanted to move forward in the process.

    About a week later I had a 30 minute phone conversation with another HR rep about my salary history and work background. About 3 weeks after this conversation I received my offer. Due to the fact I had never been to SLC or met the team I would be working with I requested that GS fly me to SLC to meet the team and see the office before I gave a response as to whether or not I would accept the offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Rank these three in order of importance,- risk management, client service, efficency   Answer Question
    • Tell me a team you dealt with conflict in a team you were a part of?   Answer Question
    • Generally alot of questions about resume, team work and why GS, why operations, are you comfortable with living in SLC   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    I decided Operations was not for me


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    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at GSEC (Newark, NJ) in January 2012.

    Interview

    I got to the interview and sat down, there were 2 interviews. First we talked about behavioral questions and then it got to the technical questions. It lasted about 45 minutes long. I actually sat down a did a mini LBO. They were very impressed at my work and they called me 1 week later.

    Interview Questions


  6. Helpful (1)  

    Operations Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at GSEC (Jersey City, NJ) in February 2011.

    Interview

    Applied through school website and was invited to interview on campus. People were very friendly and were mostly alumni from my university. I came in for one 1:1 interview with an MD and a 2:1 interview with two VPs. Questions were all fit and behavioral like "tell me a time you acted as a leader.....or tell me a time something went wrong and how did you address it....etc" Other questions to know are "why goldman sachs?"

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me something about yourself that's not on the resume   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I didn't really negotiate because I was happy with getting anything at that point.


  7. Helpful (1)  

    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jersey City, NJ
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at GSEC (Jersey City, NJ) in September 2010.

    Interview

    Phone screen was easy, some basic java questions followed by relatively easy SQL question. The last question was the kind of ridiculous "gotcha" type of question which some interviewers like to ask , akin to the problem they had at one point and it took them a week to figure it out, but they feel compelled to ask you the same question at the phone screen. Got invited to the face to face interview. One of the interviewers was a slimeball I did not answer one question correctly (easy one) , simply because I dont remember all detail of API , the guy kept smiling without correcting me , basically behaving as if I answered it great. Other interviewers were very sceptical about my resume , it felt like I was fake in their eyes, not sure why. My overall impression is that this company does not have morals. By talking to a girl , I realized that there is a real fear of layoffs present in the building, despite current hiring. I wish good luck to a guy who will get this job, instead of me, as I dont think I could work there, even if I got an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • There were no really difficult questions , lots of questions about joins , how to do left joins etc.   Answer Question
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    Global Investor Research Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at GSEC in June 2017.

    Interview

    Hopeless. Don't waste time. Please ignore do not know on what basis they shortlisted.Hr used is not well educated but they want people like Iim iit nit. Also they are more interested in how the person dresses


  9.  

    Spring Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lagos (Nigeria)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at GSEC (Lagos (Nigeria)) in November 2015.

    Interview

    Applied through SEO Africa. Lots of interviews. Got to the final stage but did not get in, Interviewers were generally nice. Had two face-to-face interviews and two phone interviews. Tough interviews but overall interesting experience. First interview was with a two-man team( Really nice but tough people). Second interview was a one-on-one. Third and fourth were over the phone to LOndon with investment banking associates.

    Interview Questions


  10.  

    Global Investment Research Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at GSEC (Hong Kong (Hong Kong)) in November 2014.

    Interview

    typical phone interview, nothing technical.questions including walk me through your CV, why investing bank, why transferring from PE to IB, how do you handle stress and pressure, any particular stocks and industries you are covering, the 3 most common valuation methods, etc.

    Interview Questions


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