Goldman Sachs Veterans Integration Program (VIP) 2017

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Hello all!

I didn't see any one mentioning the Goldman Sachs VIP 2017 yet so I will do the honor and start a thread for it. From my understanding, VIP 2016 and the program in the years preceding it had a three stage vetting system:
1.) Phone Interview
2.) Phone Interview with a VP or MD
3.) Super-day

The division and offices I applied to are:
NYC- Investment Banking
San Francisco and Chicago- Investment Management

Unlike the program in the previous years, I have just received my first interview invite but on HireVue instead of a phone interview. Basically, I have to record my answers to the two questions provided to me in the interview invitation.

I hope there are more individuals on WSO who have applied to this program so we can share our experiences!

Comments (81)

Nov 18, 2016

I am applying to the program as well. I was wondering if a thread would show up for this years program. I received the hireVue invite as well and was planning on conducting the interview tomorrow. I am actually deployed and am buying a suit today for this thing as every where I have read suggested you dress as if it is an in person interview.

I put down GIR, IM and Operations all for NY/NJ. Are you coming off of or going into a MBA program to have selected IBD? My real desire for #2 and #3 selection would have been IBD, but after speaking with people within the company many of the details didn't seem to be clear enough to try and pursue from a non-MBA grad background.

Dec 23, 2016

Yes, I am hoping for MBA admissions for Fall 2017. I think for the most part if you have been given an invite for your division choices, the division must have shown some interest in your resume during the resume screen. I am seriously hoping for the best because IBD was the reason why I started pursuing a MBA.

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Nov 18, 2016

I did my interview today. It feels a lot more normal if you do a bunch of practice runs on windows movie maker or on the practice questions. Hope it goes well for you guys!

Dec 23, 2016

Awesome! Good luck. Did you memorize your responses or did you have a word document open to look at?

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Nov 18, 2016

I wrote down 3 main points for the first question and 2 main points for the second that I wanted to talk about. I practiced answering the questions for a few days on windows movie maker until my response was around 2 minutes. I didn't memorize a response as I wanted the response to come off natural and passionate. I think a scripted response is to monotonous. Also, it is recommended you look into the camera so it makes it look like you maintain eye contact which kills any chance to read off a word document.

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Nov 20, 2016

Good advice, thinking same thing about looking into the camera.

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Jan 5, 2017

Thank you for your service! What branch of service, if you don't mind me asking?

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Nov 18, 2016

Army

Nov 20, 2016

Applied for IBD in NYC. Digital interview due by Nov 23rd. Also going the MBA route next fall.

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Dec 23, 2016

Awesome! Let's hope for the best!

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Nov 18, 2016

Nice job everyone, reach out if Securities is your 1st choice.

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Nov 20, 2016

Hi all,

I am applying in IBD in NY and preparing for my record now. I am stationing in Europe; so, I am applying for London program as well. Best of luck, everyone !

Dec 23, 2016

Just finished my interview. I recorded myself like 20 times before I did the interview. Also, it helps if you use the practice question part on the HireVue to just practice for the interview. My heart was pounding when I started answering the first question on the actual interview but the practice helped me relax! It was definitely a nerve wrecking experience but I think I did fine. Let's hope for the best!

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Dec 27, 2016
  • How effective are these HireVue sessions?
  • Do you guys feel that this is better than phone screening?
  • How would you rank this compared to other in-person interviews you guys have done in the past?
Nov 20, 2016

Just did mine too. Wait and see.

Nov 29, 2016

For those who applied this program, would you mind sharing your military and education background?

I am a E-5 with 3 years in the Navy, got a BA in Finance.

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Nov 18, 2016

Sure, I am a SA grad who majored in history. I have 5 years experience and am currently an O-3.

Nov 20, 2016

SPC (P), US Army, Finance Unit in Germany, currently active, 3 years, Bachelor in Computer Engineering, Master degree in Accounting, 5 Years of working experience in Finance (Chicago, NY, DC)

Dec 2, 2016

USAFA grad, 5 years exp, currently USAF O-3, applied to GIR, IM, IB in that order (all NY). Also applied to UVA, NYU, CBS (interviews at UVA/NYU).

Good luck everyone.

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Dec 3, 2016

I'm also usafa grad. Do you know of any good financial aid from NYU or UVA? I heard the living costs in NYU is more than the tuition itself.

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Dec 2, 2016

NYU just got a big donation that exclusively gives scholarships to vets, lowering tuition to $30K/year (half off). UVA is public so the GI bill goes much further, and I've been told by the AdCom that they try to make up the difference in scholarships. UVA is very vet friendly and yea NYU living expenses are crazy but hey it's NYC.

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Dec 6, 2016

2010 USMA grad. Econ major. I applied to IB in NYC and IM in Boston and DC. I completed my video interview a few days before the deadline. Haven't heard anything since.

Good luck to all.

Dec 3, 2016

Hey guys, glad i found this thread. Like everyone else, I did my HireVue recordings early last week. My preferences are IMD and IBD, both in NYC. I'm committed to an M7 program next fall so I'm hoping to do this as a pre-MBA internship. Anyone know what the next round is and when to expect to hear any news?

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Nov 20, 2016

If similar to previous years around December 20 you will/will not receive a super day interview invite.

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Dec 3, 2016

Yeah, I think thats what they said in email with the initial interview invite. I wasn't sure if we should expect phone interviews with our preferred departments before superday invites go out. In reading previous year threads, it looks like some people went through multiple phone calls before superday. Obviously with the recorded interview its a bit different this year so I wasn't sure what to expect.

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Dec 3, 2016

Bump. Anybody heard anything? Also, Beat Navy!

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Dec 14, 2016

Not a word on my end.

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Nov 20, 2016

Anyone with feedback today?

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Dec 20, 2016

....

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Dec 20, 2016

Anyone get a message apologizing for the delay?
Said 22December would hear more

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Dec 3, 2016

Yup, I got that too. Did anyone get a call/email with superday invite? My first instinct was that my preferred divisions were not interested in interviewing me but they would shop my resume to other departments. If we all got that email though, I guess it is just taking longer than expected.

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Dec 14, 2016

Got the same email delaying till 22 Dec. Looks like it's the same for everyone. 1) IBD 2) WMD 3)OPS

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Nov 20, 2016

Got the email to punt the decision as well. Last year's forum made it seem as though those that received the delayed decision were effectively waitlisted until interview invitees accepted/declined.

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Dec 20, 2016

Got the same email as well. Hmmm hope that's not the case this year. Has anyone got an invitation to support that?

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Nov 18, 2016

Hey all, while we sit here waiting I figured I would let everyone know I received an email from Bank of America and their VAP program is the same dates as GS in NYC. It opens for applications in January. WFC is open for applications now as well. No matter what happens, there are back up options! Good luck to all, hopefully we all hear good news today.

Dec 14, 2016

Good luck to all!

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Dec 22, 2016

What are the open application dates for BoA? Thanks for posting!

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Nov 18, 2016

March 20 - may 26

Dec 22, 2016

Oh, I meant what dates are we able to apply? I couldn't find anything on the website.

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Nov 18, 2016

The email said to look out for applications to open "in the new year" assuming early January

Dec 22, 2016

Gotcha--Thanks! Have you heard anything back from GS yet? Totally silent on my end.

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Nov 18, 2016

That's probably a good thing, I got the same email as those below.

Nov 20, 2016

I got the the same email.

Dec 20, 2016

Same email today.

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Nov 29, 2016

Same 22DEC16 email..

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Dec 6, 2016

Same email about December 22nd.

Dec 3, 2016

Any news? Crickets on my end so far...

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Dec 22, 2016

Well, I'm out....at least I got business school to look forward to.....they said they'd continue to look through resumes up to Jan 9....sounds like a wait list, but I doubt anyone would pass up an opportunity like this to make room for anyone to move off a wait list

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Dec 22, 2016

Nothing on my end

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Dec 22, 2016

Haven't posted previously but was lurking this thread. I got an email at 4:17pm saying I wasn't selected for an in-person interview but that they would continue to review applications through Jan 9. Sounds like a no thanks, waitlist is a best case scenario. So it goes.. good luck to everyone still in it!

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Nov 20, 2016

Invited for IBD in NYC. January 18th. Confirm date with GS is 26 December. Good luck all

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Dec 3, 2016

congrats! I'm out...what do you think helped you the most? Did you have any prior internships, know anyone there?

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Dec 22, 2016

Invited to interview with Securities. For me, I think I did okay at my video interview, but I think my additional coursework I took this year helped. I took some classes from local colleges in finance and business. I think that may have closed some gaps on my non-math/quant background.

I say stay at it, take some classes, hit it strong next year or with Bank of America (applications in January).

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Nov 20, 2016

Also have taken some additional online courses. May have helped for mba apps and this but your guess is as good as mine.

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Dec 2, 2016

Invited for Securities, IM Asset Mgt, and IB. See y'all there and good luck.

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Dec 23, 2016

Just found out about this website (WSO) after I Googled "GS VIP acceptance rate" last night. Anyways, thanks for starting the thread, it's an awesome forum. I got invited to interview with Services and IBD in NYC. I never selected Services in my original application nor did I allude any interest to it during my HireVue interview (2nd) question. It says we can'talk change the divisions we interview with either so thats kind of let down since I selected IBD, IMD and GIR originally. Congrats to Islandvibe and warmfussies, looks like we'll all be interviewing for IBD and congrats to everyone else who got accepted and is lurking. See you all in the big Apple and good luck!

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Dec 26, 2016

Hi everyone. I will be interviewing with Ops in NYC. Background is a bit different - left the corporate world to pursue a period of AD, now returning to corporate world. Two classes from my MBA (feels like it will never be over). Marine Corps E-6 with 11 years (total, about half Reserve, half active). Thrilled about the opportunity and looking forward to meeting many of you.

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Dec 20, 2016

Hey folks, Happy New Year.
So I sent my RSVP Confirmation on December 25th; the message was in regards to the 18Jan superday in NY.
Has anyone heard anything in response to their RSVP's yet?

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Jan 5, 2017

I received a reply to my RSVP that said "thank you," nothing official with any details / travel info yet.

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Dec 20, 2016

Hmmm, I didn't even receive a "thank you"

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Jan 5, 2017

FYI, I received another e-mail this evening confirming time, location, and some other info. If you didn't get this one I would forward your original reply to the sender and ask what's going on.

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Dec 2, 2016

Yup, same.

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Dec 20, 2016

Just received the same; an email confirming an interview time and location for the 18th. As well as travel arrangements.

Dec 27, 2016

Anyone interested in mock interviews? Reached out to PatStar120 to do some practice over Skype. Let me know.

Jan 5, 2017

Thank you for your service! What branch of service, if you don't mind me asking?

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Dec 23, 2016

Army/5 years/ex-Intel officer/Penn State '11. How about you?

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Jan 5, 2017

Thank you!

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Dec 27, 2016

Four years, Officer in the US Navy deployed all four in the Pacific.

Dec 23, 2016

I received the confirmation email plus one for travel booking. Unfortunately, it seems like the link on the pdf doesn't work. Is anyone else having the same issue?

Also, I'm kind of surprised that the interviews are only a hour long. Everywhere I read, they said GS likes to do day-long interviews.

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Jan 12, 2017

Saw some interest on mock interviews a bit earlier in the thread... I'm definitely opened to the idea if anybody else still has interest.

Also, interviewing for Securities.

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Dec 26, 2016

Anyone arriving in NYC on the 17th? If so, interested in meeting for dinner/beer (or whatever your flavor)?

Jan 12, 2017
ReconJack:

Anyone arriving in NYC on the 17th? If so, interested in meeting for dinner/beer (or whatever your flavor)?

I'll be around and down to grab a beer that night, will send you PM.

Dec 26, 2016

For those arriving on Tuesday (tomorrow) and interested in dinner/beer, let's meet in the lobby of the Conrad New York (102 North End Ave) around 6:46ish and we'll figure out where to go. Good luck to everyone on Wednesday!

Jan 30, 2017

I'm interested to see how it turned out for everyone. I am an enlisted Marine Corps vet and spent 4 years in M&A Advisory before I went to bschool. I just finished my SD with GS on Jan 27, but the people I interviewed with were all Wharton, Stanford and Columbia, so I'm not sure I was considered as part of the same group.

How'd your interviews go and did anyone get an offer?

Jan 12, 2017

Nothing on my end yet, they said by Feb 6th. Anybody hear anything back yet?

Dec 22, 2016

No word on my end. Is that what they said? For some reason I thought it was the week of the 6th? Anyone else know to confirm?

Good luck amigo!

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