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Goldman Sachs Interview Questions in London, England

Updated Jul 20, 2017
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    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    First round interview: on site numerical and verbal reasoning test followed by a 30 min one-on-one interview. The interview process was like being on a conveyor belt of candidates - a by the numbers type of affair rather than anything personal.

    Interview Questions

    • General questions "describe a time when..." and some simple maths questions (without pen and paper), e.g. estimate the number of tennis balls you could fit inside an airplane.   Answer Question

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    Operations Graduate Analyst London Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Filled the application form on their career website (CV, Cover Letter), got an interview in their London office. Got notified about the interview less than 24h before the actual interview, so there was no time to prepare.
    No offer after the 1st interview. Very nice of them to cover all the travel expenses.

    Interview Questions

    • Basic questions - leadership, teamwork experiences, what I know about Operations, and what they do. Why Goldman Sachs, why Operations. Describe the life cycle of trade.   1 Answer
  3.  

    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Simply meet everyone. Persist with maintaining positivity and clarity as you will be meeting lots of people one on one. Feedback would have helped, which HR could have provided. Interviewers took the time to explain the firm.

    Interview Questions

    • Anything they feel like talking. No structure.   1 Answer

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    IBD Spring Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    30 minute interview at their offices in London. It was with an IBD associate. It was supposed to be competency-based but they didn't ask me any competency questions, only commercial awareness (e.g. recent deals, oil prices, china slowdown, ...). Make sure to be prepared to answer a lot of questions relating to the financial markets. Also, they almost always ask "Why IBD" or "Why GS". They didn't ask me that but I know that they usually do.

    Interview Questions

    • How many windows does the building have?
      Talk about a recent deal we've advised.
      Walk me through your CV.
      Mathsy questions.   Answer Question

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    Operations Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    I applied online and got emailed for a first round interview which was just getting to know me and a few competency questions. 2 weeks after I was called for the final round which involved 3 rounds of 2:1 interviews which were fine but you need to know your Cv inside out aswell as what your division does and have an idea of what banking in general is about.my feedback was that didn't get it because I didn't explain teamworking skills enough so ensure you're able to go thorough on that

    Interview Questions


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    Internal Audit Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    A recruiter forwarded my CV. I was invited to come in for a chat at the Fleet Street headquarters. This first interview was very relaxed and was for the most part a simple chat about the job, the company and my previous experience. I felt it went well and I was encouraged about the process.

    However there was a long delay (four weeks) before anything further happened. Even the recruiter was surprised about this. Then I had two phone interviews, one with the Bangalore office and two that afternoon with the New York office, each 1 hour long. The New York phone call involved several people on speakerphone; in retrospect I should have said immediately that I could not understand them properly.

    I knew I had not done very well in the final interview and the rejection was communicated via the recruiter the following morning.

    Interview Questions

    • Suppose you have a C++ method which is declared as "protected". Can an instance of a child of that parent class call the protected method? Do any restrictions apply? What about a child of that child class?   1 Answer
    • Consider some arbitrary covariance matrix. Describe the terms you would expect to find on the diagonal of that matrix.   Answer Question

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    Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs (London, England (UK)) in February 2016.

    Interview

    The HR contact me directly and invite me for a phone call, for the first interview they just introduce himself and what job is about. Then let me introduce myself and my research topic. They really like people who is good at mathematics.

    I am still waiting the email for the second interview. They told me that they will ask me something about the algorithm and finance.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me something about your research.   1 Answer
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    Operations Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs (London, England (UK)) in February 2016.

    Interview

    first round will be 1 interview/telephone interview. Second round interview will be 3 rounds of interview with 2 people. They want to get to know you so more based on your application

    Interview Questions

    • why the firm and the division. Time you made a mistake. How do you keep up with regulation.   Answer Question

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    Realty Management Division - Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs (London, England (UK)) in February 2016.

    Interview

    Step 1 - Call with recruiter lasting 60 mins - really digging into details on CV
    Step 2 - Two 30 minutes interviews face to face at GS London
    Step 3- 8 more 30 mins interviews on site at GS London one of which was a call with the USA

    4 days later have been rejected

    Loads of good feedback from them, but it felt that my experience wasn't exactly what they were looking for and they don't have time to train.

    Interview Questions

    • Who is the CEO of GS?
      Loads of questions from CV
      Competency questions   Answer Question

  10. Helpful (1)  

    Placement Operations Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Goldman Sachs (London, England (UK)) in February 2016.

    Interview

    Mostly competency based questions, but they also asked a lot of questions from my CV.

    The first interview was through the phone. It was quite straightforward - tell me about yourself, why GS, why Operations and mostly from my CV. Heard back from them the next day for the final round. Similar to the final round, but less competency questions.

    The final interview was held at the Peterborough Court office. The building is not so obvious, so make sure you have extra time to look for it. For the final round (three back to back interviews), there were two representatives per interview (although there was only one person who interviewed me for the last round). No technical questions, but one of them asked me how the FTSE 100 was doing that day. The three interviews were very similar. I had to answer the question, "Tell me about yourself" three times (four in total, if you include the first interview). Heard back from them about two weeks after, through a call in the morning.

    It helps to know everything you wrote in your CV in detail, they might ask you many questions about it. They're all very friendly though, so the process was not as daunting as I had expected.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time you had to present complex information in a simplified way to another person.   1 Answer
    • What piece of recent news do you think would most likely impact the Operations division as a whole?   Answer Question
    • Describe a time you have made an improvement or made something more efficient.   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time you had a conflict at school/university/work. What did you do to solve it?   Answer Question
    • Have you encountered a situation where you had to work in a project and made everyone feel included? (Can't remember the exact question, but it was something like this)   Answer Question

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Pros: “Very intelligent and motivated people. Work assignments are high profile and interesting. Leading the way in trying to make the job more manageable for juniors (Saturday exception etc...”“Very intelligent and motivated people. Work assignments are high profile and interesting. Leading the way in trying to make the job more manageable for juniors (Saturday exception etc.). Good deal flow across teams and offices.” – Full Review

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