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Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Summer Analyst Hirevue Overview

Who else got this? Let's discuss.

I know there was a giant thread on this last year, but does anyone have experience with Goldman Sachs Hirevue questions for this recruiting session?

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Goldman Sachs HireVue Video Interview

In recent years, all applicants have been asked to participate in HireVue Video Interviews after applying to a program (internships, full time, and pre-internship programs). Users have said that they usually hear back after recording their interview between a 1 week to a month later to schedule second round or superday interviews. The status of their candidacy can be accessed on the applicant portal.

The interview includes 3-5 questions with 30 seconds to prepare a response, and up to 2 minutes to answer. HireVue stops recording as soon as 2 minutes are up. There is an opportunity to practice this video format in the HireVue tutorial you will see prior to starting your interview. It is recommended to practice preparing and recording videos prior to your interview- HireVue offers unlimited practice trials.

The HireVue Video interview can be inclusive of all the divisions you applied to, but the questions will be catered to one division. One way to find out which division you are interviewing with is to check "reply-to" recipient in that email. Then Linkedin that person to find which division he/she is recruiting for.

What Questions Does GS Ask In First Round Interview?

Users have typically been given behavioral questions, and occasionally technical questions depending on the division they applied for.

  • Why GS?
  • Why this division?
  • What does this division do and how does it fit into the firm?
  • Tell us about a time that you had to work in a team.
  • How does your experience and background apply to this division?
  • Tell us about a project you're proud of.
  • Tell me about a time when someone wasn't pulling their weight.
  • Tell me about a time when you were faced with a confrontation.

Why Should I Work at GS?

Below is an example answer for "why do you want to work at GS?"

I first became interested in GS when attending an informational session at XYZ school. There I spoke with several alumni from the Goldman Sachs IB Group. After connecting with members of the firm at that event, I was connected to speak to more alumni from the firm who spoke extensively about the beneficial nature of the 3 analyst mobility program and the internal modeling in the IBD group. Recently, I had the chance to come visit the FIG floor and speak with multiple bankers throughout the day. After that experience, I knew that I wanted to work at GS due to the very collegial nature of the firm in addition to the unique program structure.

Tips for Video Interviews with Goldman Sachs

  • Ensure your webcam and microphone work
  • Practice answering general behavioral questions concisely in front of a webcam, and prepare yourself mentally for questions you may not expect
  • Review your resume for experiences and skills you want to highlight
  • Be dressed in business professional from the waist up, and conduct your HireVue interview in a quiet, well- lit room with minimal background distractions

As digitial interviews increase in popularity - review guides to the J.P. Morgan, Barclays, BlackRock video interviews.

Also, check out uncommon tips for nailing digital interviews.

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Comments (433)

Jul 26, 2017

I got this too this morning at like 4am lol

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Jul 26, 2017

Same. Does everyone/most people get a HireVue? I know progressing from HIrevue stage to superday can be tricky, but wondering what the pipeline looks like at this stage.

Jul 26, 2017

PMd you

Jul 26, 2017

also interested in this info

Oct 19, 2017

can you pm me too? :)

Jul 26, 2017

Bump

Jul 28, 2017

i wonder as well!

Jul 28, 2017

spoke to an HCM rep and she said you have to be selected for it, so not everyone gets it

Aug 30, 2017

My Hirevue was due last week for GS. Does that mean I am selected early? Also, if your selected early for a Hirevue won't they automatically give you a phone interview unless you completely mess it up?

Jul 26, 2017

I didn't get an invite, but then again, submitted last weekend. Do they typically not do it all at once, or am I just toasted lol?

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Jul 26, 2017

I submitted on the 15th, literally the day the application opened.

Jul 26, 2017

Ok yeah, so maybe since it's rolling they'd still be sending out HireVue invites on around the same time-frame. Who knows -_(tu)_/-.

Anyway, good luck!

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Jul 26, 2017

Check your application status, it'll say if you've been reviewed

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Jul 26, 2017

Do you know if they have any order for reviewing? Mine only say they've been received.

University of Chicago

Jul 26, 2017

No idea, but it'll definitely show whether or not you've been rejected/passed over (I applied last year as a sophomore and was obviously rejected)

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Jul 26, 2017

mine says received too also if I applied the day it opened. I think it takes a while for them to update the application status (especially if not selected lol)

Jul 26, 2017
luri:

I think it takes a while for them to update the application status (especially if not selected lol)

Last year I applied in August or September and heard back in January that I am not selected lol

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Jul 26, 2017

From the email after you apply: "If you have applied to multiple offices or divisions, please be aware that timelines for review vary."

Aug 30, 2017

Does everyone whos application get through the system get a hirevue or if your resume/application is top of the pile do you skip that and go straight to a superday/Assessment center?

Jul 26, 2017

Are you guys all IBD?

Jul 26, 2017

Also, what location - NYC?

Jul 26, 2017

Put three locations 1) NYC 2) SF 3) Chi

Jul 26, 2017

Yes

Jul 26, 2017

Got a hirevue today as well

Jul 26, 2017

Didn't get hirevue yet. applied on the 17th, and was told by an analyst that he marked my profile as "high potential candidate". Did i get dinged?

Jul 26, 2017

I networked with a VP level person who said he will flag my profile and "guarantee" me a hirevue when I apply. I have not yet started my applications as recruitment at my target begins in September. Can anyone advise if I should just apply asap, get the hirevue and run with it or wait till September and talk about it with the on campus recruitment team?

Jul 26, 2017

You ALWAYS submit an application as soon as possible. IB recruiting is rolling admission. It's not like applying to college.

Jul 26, 2017

appreciate the response man. The only reason I am holding off is because I have not prepped yet, and since hirevue is a 1 week deadline, there's prob 0 chance that I can prep at a level in that time to do well in the interview.

Jul 26, 2017

Hirevues for Goldman are mostly behavioral I think. Search the giant thread last summer.

Jul 26, 2017

If you're not prepped you probably should wait to submit your application. From what I have heard and been told it's generally better to submit earlier as there are more spots. Plus, if you get rejected online you may be able to still apply through OCR (I think?)

Jul 26, 2017

Also, we were only given THREE days for this hirevue. I agree that you should apply early but you should also be prepped from the moment you apply

Jul 26, 2017

HIreVues are only behavioral though? Unless they changed the format

Jul 26, 2017

Yeah, honestly, I think I will wait until OCR begins at my school. I can't prep (even only behavioral) in 3 days, let alone a week. Anyone know how competitive getting Hirvue is? I did not think that you could get it without someone flagging your profile but seems like a lot of people have invites.

Jul 26, 2017

My guess is that if you networked for NYC you got it, but IDK

University of Chicago

Jul 26, 2017

I applied on on 16th, am I dinged? or I still have some hope

Jul 26, 2017

I wouldn't count yourself out now. I think this is for the accelerated process in August. Also, they could be sending out rolling hirevues or doing it by school or by office location etc.

Jul 26, 2017

Thanks for keeping my hopes. I am also wondering that they might do it by schools and I attend non-target with no network at GS whatsoever

Jul 26, 2017

If you go to a non-target, what would cause the hirevue to take you in? Do you have an insane GPA and/or killer experience?

Jul 26, 2017

Don't have killer experience but I do got a 4.0.

remind you I have not received the HireVue

Jul 26, 2017

Can you explain what you mean by accelerated process? (I applied 2 days ago, would that mean I'm not considered for this process?)

Jul 26, 2017

Accelerated process is mostly for diversity/top-target candidates and began roughly around May

Jul 26, 2017

Any non-targets get HireVue yet?

Jul 26, 2017

Yep I'm non-target

Jul 26, 2017

Do you have strong connections there? Just curious on what you might have done to differentiate yourself when applying

Jul 26, 2017

Yes I believe I have 3-4 people flagging me to HR

Jul 29, 2017

Doubt PSU is a target school but I got one.

Aug 1, 2017

roll nitts

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Jul 26, 2017

IDK how relevant this is but. I applied for IMD and MBD on July 18th. Got the hirevue invite this morning at 4 am. But I applied for fulltime, so that might be different. Didn't do any networking, but I did get a hirevue last year when I applied for SA. (3.5 recent grad from semi-target / non-target depends on who you talk to) Also, curious to know the timeline to hear back from this.

If my office were any closer to the front, I'd be a doorman instead of a receptionist

Jul 26, 2017

Did you guys get the notification through email? Or did you check the website

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Jul 26, 2017

email

If my office were any closer to the front, I'd be a doorman instead of a receptionist

Jul 26, 2017

Is this for MBA level recruiting???

Jul 26, 2017

Can anyone who didn't apply on the 15th confirm a hirevue?

Jul 26, 2017

yes, but for FT ibd

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Jul 26, 2017

Can anyone who didn't apply on the 15th confirm a Hirevue for 2018 SA IBD ?******

Jul 26, 2017

Yes. applied on the 17th.

Jul 27, 2017

Which divisions did you apply to?

Jul 28, 2017

Yes, applied on the 21st for IBD

Jul 26, 2017

Had a few questions...
- Is anyone here a Sophomore that applied?
- How does an alumni pushing your resume to HR affects your status? Are you still required to go through HireVue?
Thanks!

Jul 26, 2017
  1. Join our sophomore recruiting for discussion. I doubt anyone above is a sophomore, & I don't believe any sophs have received it yet. I asked on our thread.
  2. Alumni push can help you actually receive the Hireview, you still have to do it.
Aug 23, 2017

I'm a sophomore and I got the invite for hi revue

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Jul 26, 2017

Does networking help you move onto the superday from the HireVue? Also, are there still HireVue interviews for FT IB recruiting at GS?

Jul 30, 2017

I would assume so. I will post an update as things progress.

Jul 26, 2017

Submitted my application on the 15th, went to the GS undergraduate camp, networked with Alumni, have 3 relevant internships, 3.5 GPA, studied abroad at LSE, and didn't get a hireview invite... Strong non-target....

Jul 26, 2017

damn.. don't lose hope man - you never know.

only thing i'm clinging on to rn is that I applied to Securities SA

Jul 26, 2017

Did it say you got rejected on the website??

Jul 27, 2017

I am going to be honest. Your GPA needs to be higher. Like 3.85-4.0/4.00. 3.5 might be ok if you attend Harvard, MIT, etc. You really need to network.

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Jul 28, 2017

GPA scales can be different at each University. Some places have an average GPA of 3.7 whereas some colleges (like mine) have harsh scales where a 3.85 is ~top 2% of class.

Aug 1, 2017

So, I guess the recruiter has an updated list of the top 2-10% for each University?

Aug 1, 2017

They don't, but sometimes you are able to list your ranking in class. I was just pointing out that your advice was not very accurate.

Aug 3, 2017

The whole GPA thing is kind maddening because currently Harvard's average class GPA is around 3.7 while other Ivys and top schools hover around 3.3 average.

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Aug 3, 2017

Lol you've got to be the biggest idiot. GS is surprisingly very non-target friendly compared to other BBs, they really like people who know their shit & are extroverted/team players. @zsdvnm1 you'll get an interview. I went to GS last year & didn't interview until october.

Aug 3, 2017

Well, I am curious. What is the average GPA?The people I know are in the 3.9-4.0 range.

Aug 4, 2017

Cutoff is 3.5 unless you have strong OCR or networking. Know a few guys who had 3.2s but got in through having strong connections with GS.

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Aug 4, 2017

Networking is everything. I have a 3.6 from a target, no previous finance internships and networked with 6 analysts and got a hirevue, while my friends who had 3.8s and 3.9s but didn't network didn't get a hirevue

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Aug 4, 2017

Interesting.

Aug 21, 2017

If you are clever networking and are good at selling yourself, anything above a 3 is fine. I was invited to superday with a 3.2. Ultimately it all depends on how well of an impression you can make with the minimal face time you are offered. It is gruesome work if you do not have a very high GPA but if you are clever, you can find a way in.

Carl Van Loon
Van Loon & Associates

Aug 26, 2017

Your profile doesn't reflect GS values.

Aug 26, 2017

There are thousands of candidates with top 1-10% grades who are extroverted/team players.

Aug 26, 2017

Lol Ok. Have fun at GS with [redacted by mod].

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Sep 10, 2017

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Aug 3, 2017

idk if that's true. I'm in the virtual insight series and attended another GS diversity event and I got the hirevue

Jul 26, 2017

Applied on 15th, app still under "received" status, so no update yet.

Probably got dinged, lol. Oh well

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Jul 27, 2017

yeah i'm still on received too.. damn was hoping the VP I knew well could pull through

Jul 26, 2017

Applied on the 16th for Legal, Human Capital, and GIR and got a Hirevue today. Not sure which department it is for though as none of the applications show anything different.

Jul 27, 2017

Was told by HCM that these Hirevues went out by accident and thats why the portals havent changed...very confused by this

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Jul 27, 2017

wtf lmao.. accidental hirevues for everyone who got notified?

Jul 27, 2017

Yep I feel like I'm getting punk'd. I reached out to my contact in HCM asking what divisions my interview was for since my portal didnt change. She said that the HIrevue invites went out by accident and that I would receive my invite at the right time. Apparently we're going to get a communication about it (we were supposed to get something yesterday but I never got anything)

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Jul 27, 2017

If we didnt hear back early /by accident, are we still dinged though?

Jul 27, 2017

yo that's fucking awful man. did she say when the right time would be? their rolling process takes forever lol

Jul 27, 2017

Is this true? What a mess if so...

Jul 27, 2017

Just relaying what I was told. Someone should reach out to their contact in HCM and see if they are given the same information

Jul 27, 2017

Applied on the 21st of July.

Rising sophomore from a target school, doing an internship at an elite boutique my freshman year and have final rounds interviews at 2 BB for the summer of 2018. Still no invite for HireValue interview.

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Jul 27, 2017

Apparently the ones that went out were by mistake.

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Jul 27, 2017

I'm pretty confused because the email says "You may ignore this e-mail. This was a technical error and is not related to your recent invitation to attend a Goldman Sachs superday interview in August." I didn't get any information about a superday even though I'm an accelerated candidate... Not sure what this means.

Jul 27, 2017

Sounds like they are having a lot of issues on their end.

Jul 27, 2017

for real.. how does this even happen

Jul 27, 2017

LOL Wtf is going on

Jul 27, 2017

When did you get that email?

Jul 27, 2017

was this an email sent from HR after the hirevue email? this is so confusing......

Jul 27, 2017

Are you trolling? I seriously doubt Goldman Sachs would make a mistake like this

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Jul 27, 2017

I mean it does happen at places--see all the colleges that accidentally send out acceptance letters to people who were rejected. Human error is human error, and not even GS is immune from that.

And does it really make sense for GS to send out hirevue invites at 4am ET on a Wednesday? Weird if so...

University of Chicago

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Jul 27, 2017

They do this all the time. My friends who were going through the process for tech analysts said they got like 3 wrong emails and 2 wrong scheduled interviews

Jul 27, 2017

Yeah I'm not trolling haha. The email said to contact a divisional recruiter or careersfeedback at GS for further questions. They sent the email around 6 PM yesterday after the HireVue was sent out at 4 AM. Contacted both but haven't received a response clarifying anything.

Jul 27, 2017

^ was told by a recruiter that I was supposed to receive that email yesterday but never got it. I've contacted them but i'm sure their mailboxes are blowing up

Jul 27, 2017

Anyone hear back from SLC IBD?

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Aug 29, 2017

Applied over a month ago to SLC IBD, got my HireVue invite yesterday after a successful networking call last week with an ops VP. Any word on your end? Feel free to PM.

Jul 27, 2017

Is this a joke? got my HireVue invitation yesterday for SA London ER. Applied around 22th of July.

Current status is 'application received'

Jul 27, 2017

If this was an error, why haven't they followed up with an email explaining the mistake?

Jul 27, 2017

what do you mean? the dudes above got the follow up email

Jul 27, 2017

I got a hirevue invite but did not get the follow up email

Jul 27, 2017

Same. But I'm not convinced it's an error. our app status online would have changed and they wouldn't have sent it out at 4am...

Jul 27, 2017

anyone get referred for accelerated IMD and get a invite yet?

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Jul 27, 2017

Quick question, mine says "Thank you for applying to Goldman Sachs. You are invited to participate in a digital interview, powered by HireVue. Please complete your interview by July 29, 2017." Does this mean that I need to complete it on the 28th or can I complete it on the 29th?

If my office were any closer to the front, I'd be a doorman instead of a receptionist

Jul 27, 2017

Just be safe and do it early.

Jul 28, 2017

End of day July 29th

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Aug 7, 2017

When did you apply? what divisions? target?

Jul 28, 2017

They roll them out over time, different groups get invited at different points, mostly depending on application submission time and role you're applying to. I've heard no one ever watches them but they have algorithms that read your responses, check for certain phrases, etc.

Jul 28, 2017

Yeah I also heard a computer sifts through your resume and looks for keywords and company names

Jul 28, 2017

Did hirevue ibd interviews today. Cant say much about the interview itself, but the hirevue submissions do get reviewed. HR always contacts a semi-senior analyst to review the submissions. Interview wasnt difficult, best advice I can give probably is go through your resume and projects and look at them critically. Ask yourself: How did I do, how did others do, teamwork related assessing, eye for detail etc. Gl everyone!

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Jul 28, 2017

Oh I really don't like questions like that. "Tell me a time when you had to pay attention to detail." So vague.

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Jul 28, 2017

I don't know if much has changed since last Summer but I completed a hirevue interview last year and got invited to a super day with the Securities division. If I remember correctly I was asked 5-6 questions. The questions ranged from "Describe a time when you have exceeded expectations while you were working with a team" to "Imagine you were working with a deal team. Describe how you would contribute to creating Synergy between the parties involved". Again, this was a year ago so I don't remember the exact questions but generally they were situational. Nothing technical was asked. There is no real way to prep for these as I have heard the questions tend to be randomized and range form simple behavioral to slightly technical.

Hope this helps

Carl Van Loon
Van Loon & Associates

Jul 28, 2017

wow those are some obnoxious questions lol.. was the superday more technical with more markets questions?

Jul 28, 2017

Yes the hirevue interview was a bit tricky. Rather than the questions being extremely difficult, I found myself stressing more over the short time they gave me to answer each question.

As to the superday, the organization of the event was pretty standard in the sense that you cycled through 6 different interview rooms with 2 interviewers in each room. Since this was Sec., the interviewers were vice presidents from Index options trading, derivatives sales, prime services, and other markets related divisions. Questions began as standard "walk me through your resume" questions and quickly began to increase in difficulty and specificity as they were catered to my responses and resume. Overall questions became fairly technical as interviewers started asking me about technical skills and projects I had listed on my resume.

It is important to note that before each interview began, the interviewers would remind me that they were measuring my ability to communicate an idea, my level of overall knowledge of the markets, and most importantly, my tenacity.

Carl Van Loon
Van Loon & Associates

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Jul 28, 2017

Ahh that sounds intense man. Did those guys who were in options, prime, etc. question you detailed about their own product? Cause that would be crazy for them to expect a SA to know a lot about every desk.

Jul 28, 2017

Correct. They asked basic questions at first and depending on the amount of interest you showed towards their division, the depth of the questions would increase.

I highly recommend having a clear understanding of what it is that interests you.