Goldman Sachs Video Interview

Myself, and a few people I know of were invited to do the 15min video interviewers for Goldman Sach's IBD summer internship. However, I believe they are not interviews, but rather you recording answers. Anybody have any experience with this/know what they ask?

GS HireVue Online 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.

Questions to expect in the 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 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

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Comments (115)

Jul 23, 2016

Are you doing accelerated interviewing? Are you an URM?

Jul 25, 2016

This is the first time they are doing this so no one really has any background experience in how they will go. I thought that they were interviews except that they give you a certain allotted amount of time for you to answer each question that they ask you on video and you simply record your answer. I would assume they would just ask you basic behavioral questions if it's only 15 minutes long though.

Aug 10, 2016

Any update on what the format/questions of this video interview were like?

Aug 11, 2016

Those of you who did the pre-recording video interview, do you have any insight in the type of questions they asked since they said they were standardized and how you felt overall about the pre-recording?

Aug 14, 2016

Hey. I got an August 17th deadline and I still haven't done it. Have you gotten around to doing the interview yet? Do they ask job related questions or mostly behavioral questions?

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Aug 16, 2016

@casdor, I saw your PM, but couldn't reply because I just joined yesterday... They just asked me behavioral questions (strengths, team experience, and how the specific division within the firm that I applied to benefits the work that GS does. Hope this helps, and good luck!

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Aug 16, 2016

Can you clarify on what they meant on that last behavioral they asked? Are they just essentially asking how the IBD (if that's the division you applied for) is useful? Isn't it just bringing in revenues through advisory fees?

Did they ask you any out of the ordinary questions or questions you didn't really expect / prep for? Would appreciate any insight you could give on this.

Aug 16, 2016

Yeah, they asked how "internal audit strengthened the functions of the firm" and the same for compliance/finance that I applied for.
None of the other questions were crazy--very straightforward (greatest strength, why your major/school, group/team projects, background). I think it was 6 or 7 questions long.

Does anyone have any idea how long they might take to get back after the video interview? Also for me, this was for a fall (seasonal/off cycle) internship NOT summer.

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Aug 18, 2016

I just did the video interview yesterday. After the interview, a video played and it indicated that I would be hearing within a week or two. I was such a nervous wreck. I totally bombed it. It was so weird for me, talking in front of a camera.

Aug 26, 2016

Did they ask you the same general behavioral questions as well?

Aug 16, 2016

I'm assuming that for my fall internship application the response rate (positive or negative!) would be much faster, right?

Any idea/input would be appreciated! Thanks :)

Aug 16, 2016

Well, the fact is that people have heard back in a week or two. Since it's a video interview, I would give them time to view it first. I'm sure they are looking at a lot of them. So, give it some time and see what happens. Good luck! Let me know how it goes for you.

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Aug 19, 2016

Just relax for a week (or two, as was indicated) and send a polite email, if no response given. Good luck!

Aug 20, 2016

do you have any suggestions on who to email? my school's recruiter?
There wasn't a person/contact listed, so I'm confused :/

Aug 16, 2016

Really don't think it should be anything to worry about

Aug 17, 2016

anyone heard back since they did the online interview/how long did it take for them to get back to you?

Aug 29, 2016

has anyone heard back from the video interview?

Sep 2, 2016

Just got my invitation to do this. However, I've applied to like five of their divisions. Is there any way for me to find out which one I am interviewing for? Lol..

Sep 7, 2016

I also did mine this weekend, Havent heard back yet. Have you?

Sep 8, 2016

Yeah. Go to the website and log in to the careers site where you filled out the application. There's a drop down menu on the top right of the screen where you can see your application status. The questions are pretty general anyway. One thing I will say is be sure you know a few things about the divisions you applied for because they will ask in the video interview. Everything else is behavioral. It was only 6 questions for me. Hope this helps!

Sep 9, 2016

How long it did take for you to hear back? Still haven't heard...

Sep 6, 2016

Has anyone heard back?

Sep 7, 2016

Just took my interview for investment banking + securities.

Completely bombed it, ended up writing a complaint to the head of HR lol

Sep 7, 2016

Have you heard back yet?

Sep 7, 2016

I literally took it today

Sep 7, 2016

Any insight on the types of questions for securities division?

Nov 16, 2016

Hi, did you have your Sec recorded interview? Can you please share your quest? Tks

Sep 8, 2016

What's the email address for the head of HR?

Sep 9, 2016
casdor:

What's the email address for the head of HR?

I don't actually know for sure, I just found her on linkedin and used the GS email format. I can't believe I sent that email lol..

Sep 30, 2016

You emailed edith cooper? That takes some serious guts.

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Sep 30, 2016

Haha, I did.. In retrospect, I think the email I wrote was pretty analytical and constructive so maybe it reflected well on me

Nov 4, 2016

Lol, you wrote a complaint to the head of HR? What did that look like?

Or was it an "Ok I'm not seriously good at Skyping, please consider me pls" appeal?

Also, did it work!?

"A modest man, with much to be modest about"

Nov 6, 2016

Lol, it was an essay about why HireVue sucks. Absolutely no censorship of thought.

I don't know if it was the email, but I did end up receiving an offer from GS.

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Sep 10, 2016

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Sep 18, 2016

Has anyone heard back yet? And if anyone's applied to and completed the PWM interview, were the questions the same as the ones posted above? Thanks.

Sep 18, 2016

Did the Hirevue around 2 weeks ago, got my sep 22 superday offer 3 days ago.

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Sep 18, 2016

Awesome. Good luck

Sep 19, 2016

That's awesome! Congratulations! Did you have to do a second interview before being invited to the superday or did you only do the HireVue? Also, were you notified of the superday by phone or email?

Sep 19, 2016

Cong same question as below

Sep 23, 2016

my status on the securities interview says "Interview completed, we forward to meeting you on your selected interview date" and IMD says "Interview scheduled". I did my hirevue interview 28th August.
Anyone heard back yet? Any ideas on the statuses?

Sep 28, 2016

@buysidebandit How'd the superday go? And anyone hear back yet?

Sep 30, 2016

I got an offer!

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Sep 30, 2016

Nice!!! Congrats!

Sep 30, 2016

Did you get the offer the same day?

Oct 3, 2016

Way to go!

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Sep 30, 2016

So what questions do they ask for IBD hirevue First round? This is a list I compiled from this thread and the SA megathread. If someone could verify, that'd be awesome and I'll give SBs.

Why IBD

Why GS

What is IBD and how does it benefit the firm

and these are the questions I got form the SA megathread below

  • What motivated you to pick your major(s) and university, do you think you made a good choice?
  • Giving an example of working on projects with tight schedules/deadlines, how did you do and how did you meet expectations?
  • Give an example of forging personal relationships with coworkers and supervisors and how these improved the quality of your work
  • What particular skills do you currently have that you believe would be of use working as an Analyst at GS (they say you have to be specific for this one; I talked about my extensive Excel work and the praise it has received as well as my public speaking/debate career and how it could help me put together pitchbooks)
  • Giving your thoughts about one current market trend or talking about a particular financial, technological or business idea that you have
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Sep 30, 2016

Damn, I wish the questions I got were like that...Just a fair warning for anyone applying to other divisions, the questions above have nothing to do with the questions you'll be asked.

Sep 30, 2016

I had those questions for the hirevue interview but not my superday interview...

Sep 30, 2016

What division was your first round? You can PM me if you would prefer @bigwilly @bigwilly

Nov 4, 2016

Thank you for this comment. I love you.

Easy +1SB

"A modest man, with much to be modest about"

Nov 4, 2016

use those questions and the vault behavioral guide.

Oct 1, 2016

delete

Oct 2, 2016

how do you know which division is reviewing your interview if you applied to multiple ones? thank youuuuu!!

Oct 2, 2016

check the status of your applications to see which are "under review"

Oct 3, 2016

thank you!!

Oct 6, 2016

is that what it says if you received a hirevue interview? mine says "selected to interview" but have not heard back since hirevue... been almost two weeks

Oct 3, 2016

I'm assuming video interview in which you tape at home... although it should go without saying: make sure to dress professionally and keep a plain, clean background. Take multiple takes to give your best shot. Good luck!

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Oct 3, 2016

A bunch of companies do this now. The format is always the same. You basically are given a question to answer and a minute or two to record your answer. The questions are usually fit and behavioral, and the interview is basically a recorded phone screen. Some firms give you the questions beforehand, but not all. You do not speak with an interviewer or other human being during the "interview".

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Oct 4, 2016

Agreed. I feel like if you have an accent you are disadvantaged.

Oct 4, 2016

Yeah, but you may be less disadvantaged than you would be on a phone screen, due to audio quality.

Oct 3, 2016

yep. for those who haven't taken it I would practices the questions I put along with vault/wso behavioral.

Oct 3, 2016

so usually how long it takes to hear back from GS after the video interview?
Just completed my interview 2 hrs ago and damn I hate this.. Recording myself in front of camera is weird..

Oct 3, 2016

People are saying two weeks. It's been two weeks since I did it and still nothing...

Oct 4, 2016

Did anyone have an interview through a video conference with HR and a few different individuals at the firm? Had this after my HireVue but haven't met anyone else who has been through this type of process....

Oct 4, 2016

No, that's the first I hear about it. Must be a good sign...Was it directly after your hirevue or did you receive an email days after?

Oct 4, 2016

Hi, does anyone know around what percentage moves from the hirevue interview to the super day?

Oct 4, 2016

also interested

Oct 4, 2016

The whole video interview thing is no bueno

Oct 6, 2016

I had an interview about a month ago on hirevue and have still not heard back and my statuses on Goldman Sachs say, Application Under Review? It has been that way for awhile? Is this a bad sign?

Oct 6, 2016

For what position? I'm in the same boat as you

Oct 6, 2016

I'm in the same boat. Mine has been under review for a month, and one of mine says interview completed without me doing any next steps

Oct 6, 2016

Same here...Although mine still says "Current status is Interview Scheduled. We look forward to seeing you on your selected interview date." I wonder if it has anything to do with the office location we applied to. Mine is non-NYC and I know for a fact they tend to fly people in later in the year.

Oct 10, 2016

Just got my offer for summer analyst in IMD - GSAM.

Oct 10, 2016

Congrats! Mind if you share some details (e.g. when did you take the hirevue, was it nyc or branch office, etc.)?

Oct 10, 2016

I applied to GSAM mid August. Received email to do Hirevue thing on 9/3. Completed Hirevue video interview around 9/6. Received an email on 9/13 to do a video interview with an actual person. Did that on 9/16. Two 30 minute interviews with some GSAM guys.

Received a call around 9/22 for on-site interviews in NYC with multiple teams at GSAM on 9/28 (not sure if that was a superday or not - I've never been to a superday so I don't know what they entail, but I only saw one other guy interviewing so I'm guessing it wasn't a superday). Went to GS on 9/27 and did my interviews (total of 10 interviews, no breaks in between, was super stressful but I think went well).

I received a couple of calls from HR since my interviews asking me to rank my preferences between teams, if I were applying anywhere else, etc. Finally received the offer today, 10/10, and accepted.

Oct 11, 2016

Has anyone been offered for SLC?

Oct 13, 2016

Bump

Oct 25, 2016

Which division in SLC? For GIR (full-time), some people have received offers, some have received denials, and some are still waiting.

Oct 16, 2016

Has anyone applied to RMD and heard back? Either interview or superday invitation?

Oct 16, 2016

I applied for the video about 2 weeks ago and nothing yet - Should I ping all my contacts at GS tomorrow?

Nov 5, 2016

Just got a hirevue interview this weekend for IMD

Nov 12, 2016

Do you remember what you were asked? I have mine soon. Thanks

Nov 6, 2016
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