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Goldman Sachs Interview Questions

Updated Dec 10, 2018
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    Operations Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs (Dallas, TX).

    Interview

    Highlight yourself , they aren’t looking for technical expertise. Make a personal connection - get them talking. Know your story and be energetic. They don’t wanna hear typical (BORING) answers , they want you to bring your personality , they are looking for fit

    3 , 30 min interviews back to back

    Interview Questions

    • Name a time you improved a process , give an example of when you worked in a team. Give an example of a time you had to deal with adversity in a group setting. What’s your greatest weakness   Answer Question

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    Comptroller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs (Salt Lake City, UT) in October 2013.

    Interview

    Applied online through school recommendations, emailed me about a phone interview. Had a phone interview, was invited to SLC. Mostly behavior questions. Two separate interviews each with two men. They definitely play the good cop bad cop at super day. One seemed annoyed and did not pay any attention and seemed distracted the whole time, while the other was involved and said things after each question "wow that sounds really interesting, sounds like you made a good decision in that scenario". Overall the interview was really weird, and I left not wanting the job. Applied to other jobs and accepted an offer before they got back to me. Applied in Sept, went to SLC to interview in Oct, and just recently heard back, middle of March. They also did not pay me back for expenses until FEB! Whole situation weird, and I found the really delayed check, and reply very unprofessional. SLC was great though. I also heard they offer below 50, so keep in mind before getting your heart set on Goldman.

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    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview

    Multiple group interviews with 2-3 associates. They then will go back and compare notes to determine if you are a good candidate. They are also looking to see if you are a person that they want to work with.

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs (Salt Lake City, UT) in December 2011.

    Interview

    Recieved a phone call from an experienced recruiter who asked questions regarding my past experience. After a back and forth he informed me I was best suited for a leadership or managment position that they currently do not have an opening.


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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs (New York, NY) in February 2011.

    Interview

    This was for their private wealth management division:
    Did two phone interviews on two separate occasions with more recent hires (both at associate level) with similar formats, but clearly different styles based on the personality of the interviewer.

    First interviewer - Around 50% background questions and 50% brainteaser types. Did reasonably well, but got hung up on the last brainteaser that I had to be guided through. Generally friendly and answered lots of my questions about the position/department. Good enough to get me to the second round...

    Second interviewer - Starts by asking about some points about my educational background and asks for elaboration. I've been asked about it in many past interviews, so talked through it quite smoothly, but he clearly didn't understand the subject at all (Monte Carlo acceleration techniques). He promptly switches the topic and start throwing math brainteasers at me one after another until I start tripping up a bit and he says "come on, time's ticking", instead of offering any hints to move the process along. Afterwards, he just says the "we'll be in touch" and hangs up. One of the rudest interviewers I've ever spoken with.

    Interview Questions

    • Given N noodles in a bowl and randomly attaching ends. What is the expected number of loops you will have in the end?   5 Answers

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs (Chicago, IL) in July 2010.

    Interview

    Had my first phone interview with a VP a couple of weeks ago. The interview was relatively straightforward, a lot of whys and what's from the resume. Couple of days after the phone screen , i was asked for another set of interviews (four). Haven't heard back ever since. It's been 2 weeks now.

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs (New York, NY) in January 2011.

    Interview

    Very polite and smart interviewer. Basic probability questions. OK if you have studied the popular quant interview books. Interviewer helps if you get stuck. The interviewer started with an introduction to himself, the company and the particular division he worked in. After this, asked for any questions that I had followed by two technical questions.

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    Associate Interview

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

    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs (New York, NY) in May 2008.

    Interview

    About 5-6 total interviews, one of them on the phone, and the rest of them in person, meeting a couple of people at a time. Standard probability (Bayesian trees) and stats (moments and distributions) questions first. Some programming (Matlab basics). Then lots of finance (duration, convexity, CAPM) and econ (inflation/deflation). Few brain teasers.

    Interview Questions

    • You have a zero-coupon and a par bond. Which of them will have a higher duration?   4 Answers

    Negotiation

    Did not negotiate. Standard offer.


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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs (New York, NY) in May 2010.

    Interview

    Three phone interviews, then 23 (yes, not a typo) in face interviews with 4 different divisions. Got three offers. Overall, if you can stay alert and be pleasant through the whole process, you'll get the job. Everyone was very nice, and I definitely met much more malignant people at other firms.

    Interview Questions

    • see mark joshi's quant interview book - *literally* five questions I had were *verbatim* taken from there   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Make sure you already have other offers. Goldman will match/beat any offer you have, so it's best to already have attractive offers going in.


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    Associate Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs (Jersey City, NJ) in January 2010.

    Interview

    Got the interview through a Recruiter to put things in perspective
    - Applied in Dec 09
    - 1st interview 3 rd week of Jan
    - 2nd interview 4th week of Jan
    - 3rd interview 1st week of Feb

    Offer - 4th week of Feb

    1st interivew was with the hiring manager in Jersey City -

    Asked generic background question about resume and work experience. Stressed on demonstration of TeamWork and experience around working in a team, presentation to senior mgmt etc

    - Why you want to work for GS?
    - What do you know and like about GS?
    - Why should I hire you?
    - What are your core competencies?

    Also somethings around relationship building, & change mgmt experience?

    2nd interivew with the team and clients of the team

    5 individual 1 after the other 2 via phone 1 in london & 1 local.

    - Questions regarding Education and selection of What B-schools I applied to besides the one I choose?
    - Why did I select a particular b-school?
    - Conflict Mgmt/Behaviourial Questons?
    - WHY GS? ( You better have a very good answer for WHY GS?)

    3rd interview with the Big Dog... very informal and friendly more sort of strategy question regarding how you can contribute to the strategy?
    - Were you want to be 5 yrs from now in the org?
    - How quickly can you contribute to the team?
    - Any questions?

    Negotiation

    GS does not negotiate the base was not non-negotiatble but very competative. However I was able to negotiate the full yr benefits/bonus


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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs in June 2009.

    Interview

    Tough Interview Process. Met with several different people within the department in which I would be working. Overall, the individual interviews consisted of various personality based questions. Some interviewers were tougher than others. Some asked about current events, while others just focused on my resume. I asked a lot of questions about business, growth, the position, etc.

    Interview Questions


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