Preview to 5 Goldman Sachs Interviews Below

1. Global Investment Research Interview

Process Description

Had a largely qualitative discussion with the interview for about 30 minutes, talked mostly about my experiences, story, and any questions I had about the position and the firm.

Sample Interview Question at Goldman Sachs:

Why do you want to work in investment research? Do you have a specific interest (equities, FI, derivatives, etc.) and why?


2. Sales & Trading Summer Analyst Interview

Process Description

The beginning: Attended on campus information session hosted by alumni that work within S&T at GS. Provided everyone with the information necessary to be competitive for the OCR process. Informed us of the resume drop deadline and that on campus interviews would be held at a later date. Advised those interested to begin following the markets religiously. Looking for quantitative people who have a passion for the markets. All else equal, to get the OCR interview you absolutely must have something on your resume that says you have a passion for the markets. Previous internships, clubs, relevant research, etc... Be able to talk about this in extraordinary detail. And DO NOT underestimate the fit interview questions (why goldman, why s&t, walk me through resume, etc...) OCR Interviews: I was selected for an OCR interview process that encompassed two 30min interviews. The first interview was a 2 on 1 format. First interview started behavioral then moved faster to push your knowledge of the markets and relative grasp of financial ratios/metrics. Second interview was more of a conversation on the markets (e.g. where would you put your money right now, what happened in 2013, how would you invest $10mil, etc...). After about a week I was informed that I was invited to the superday which would take place in the middle of January and that HR would contact me shortly. The Wait: Was shortly contacted by HR to set up hotel, travel plans, and how all would be paid for. Process was painless and just required reading some documents. All communication was electronic. I was given a set of directions, followed them to arrange plans, and that was it. Super Day: Arrived in NYC (stayed at the Conrad) a day early and prepped all day. My interview was across the river at the NJ office. My time was late morning but I left way ahead of time to leave plenty of time in case something catastrophic happened - haha. At the super day they had kids for both the IB and securities division. They had this conference room on one of the floors filled up with candidates with two ladies from HR were we all had to hang out. It was kind of a weird situation. Regardless, I just sat there and waited to be called for my interview. When it was time for my interview they lined us all up and took us to separate conference rooms where we were to wait for our interviewers to invite us in. My interview was with a guy in sales - he spent a good portion of the time introducing himself (which was nice) then the interview was strictly behavioral asking me questions about the markets and what not. In this part I didn't get a single question on the markets which was weird. IF this happens to you BRING UP THE MARKETS!! Take the initiative to show you have an understanding and interest in them. My super day was ridiculously competitive - apparently kids were pitching credit trades..?

Example of Interview Question at Goldman Sachs:

Walk me through your resume.


3. Summer Analyst Intern Interview

Process Description

First round interview was a phone Interview with two Investment Manager spezialising in Credit Risk from the London branch. Friendly but cold conversation.

Sample Interview Question at Goldman Sachs:

When did you have to make a decision where you didn't have all the information?


4. Third Party Portfolio Construction Interview

Process Description

Applied internally. Got called in for interview 2-3 weeks later. Questions include: (1) What have you done that is quantitative (2) Draw me a portfolio on a piece of paper - if you had 10mm how would you invest it? (3) Follow up questions to number 2 to see if you could defend your portfolio. (3) What do you know about the role? What do you think you will be working on?

Goldman Sachs Sample Interview Question:

(1) What have you done that is quantitative (2) Draw me a portfolio on a piece of paper - if you had 10mm how would you invest it?


5. First year analyst Interview

Process Description

Interviewed with 9 investment professionals in total. (4 associates, 4 VPs and 1 MD) I'd say 70% is behavioral questions and 30% technical. Be prepared to do stock pitch and follow the market closely. Second language or Mandarin is helpful. (Greater China team)

Example of Interview Question at Goldman Sachs:

if there is 100mm for you to invest, where would you allocate? %? market? sector? example firm? from your friend's angle, how would you evaluate yourself? 3 good and 3 bad.


All 695 Goldman Sachs Interview Insights Below

Yearsort ascending Status Position City Group / Division / Type Overall Experience Difficulty
2016 1st Year Analyst Strats London Equity Capital Markets Negative Difficult
2016 Intern Summer Analyst Chicago Sales and Trading Very Positive Average
2016 Intern Intern Madrid Sales and Trading Positive Difficult
2016 Intern summer analyst london Real Estate Positive Average
2016 1st Year Analyst Sales Strats New York Quantitative Research Neutral Difficult
2016 Intern Summer Analyst IBD London Investment Banking Positive Difficult
2016 intern new york Generalist Positive Average
2016 Summer Associate Intern Summer Associate New York Generalist Positive Difficult
2016 Student / Prospective Monkey Summer IBD New York N/A Neutral Difficult
2016 Assistant Analyst San Francisco, CA Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) Neutral Average
2016 Summer Associate Intern associate Beijing Investment Banking Neutral Average
2016 1st Year Analyst Quantitative Analyst Position New York Risk Management Neutral Difficult
2016 Intern Risk Management Hong Kong Risk Positive Average
2015 Intern Goldman Sachs market risk New York Finance Neutral Average
2015 Intern CMBS intern Ny Debt Capital Markets Positive Average
2015 Intern Summer Analyst, Capital Markets. London Investment Banking Positive Very Easy
2015 Spring Week Analyst London Debt Capital Markets Positive Average
2015 1st Year Analyst analyst Zurich Sales and Trading Positive Average
2015 1st Year Associate Quant Associate New York Research Positive Difficult
2015 Summer Associate Intern Market Risk Analysis Intern New York Risk Positive Average
2015 Intern Private wealth management San Francisco Private Banking Neutral Easy
2015 Student / Prospective Monkey Summer research analyst New York Research Neutral Average
2015 Student / Prospective Monkey New analyst, Corporate Treasury London Treasury Positive Average
2015 1st Year Analyst Goldman Sachs GIR ART Singapore Equity Research Neutral Average
2015 IBD Summer Analyst New York City Investment Banking Neutral Average
2015 Intern Investment Management New York Investment Management Neutral Average
2015 1st Year Analyst Investment Banking Analyst Toronto Investment Banking Positive Difficult
2015 Summer Analyst Dallas Operations Positive Average
2015 market risk analyst London Risk Management Positive Average
2015 Intern Sales and trading NYC Securities Positive Easy
2015 2nd Year Analyst investment banking analyst NYC Investment Banking Neutral Easy
2015 Intern Investment Banking New York Investment Banking Neutral Difficult
2015 1st Year Analyst quantitative associate new york Quantitative Research Positive Average
2015 1st Year Analyst credit risk new york Credit Risk Neutral Easy
2015 Intern Summer Analyst Salt Lake City Operations Positive Average
2015 Intern Goldman Sachs Securities Summer Analyst Jersey City Sales and Trading Negative Difficult
2015 Student / Prospective Monkey Finance Summer Analyst New York Finance Positive Average
2015 2nd Year Analyst IB Analyst in TMT San Francisco Investment Banking Negative Very Difficult
2015 N/A PWM Hong Kong Private Banking Positive Average
2015 Intern Market Risk Summer Analyst New York Risk Management Neutral Average
2015 Intern Sales & Trading Summer Analyst NYC Generalist Neutral Average
2015 Summer Associate New York Investment Banking Positive Average
2015 1st Year Analyst Goldman Sachs Corporate Services and Real Estate Analyst Jersey City Real Estate Positive Difficult
2015 Intern Investment Banking Summer Analyst New York Investment Banking Positive Average
2015 Intern Investment Banking Summer Analyst New York Investment Banking Neutral Average
2015 Private Wealth Advisor Philadelphia Private Wealth Management Neutral Difficult
2015 Intern Financial Controlling Analyst Paris Risk Management Positive Difficult
2015 Sales and Trading Intern NW Washington Securities Underwriting Positive Average
2015 Student / Prospective Monkey Strats (firmwide) New York Strategy Positive Very Difficult
2015 Intern Summer Analyst New York Investment Banking Positive Average
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