Goldman S&T Summer Internship Superday Interview

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Hey everyone! I am a third year in college. I have a final round with GS Securities HK office coming up. I am wondering what kind of questions I should expect. for my first round, I had two thirty minutes phone interviews. One of them was all fit. The other one was mostly fit questions and one question about what I would invest in 2011. If you have experience with goldman s&t, please help me out. any input would be greatly appreciated!

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Jan 13, 2011

I hate to hijack your thread, but I was wondering if you could share some more of the questions you got on your phone interview? Thanks.

Jan 13, 2011

I was mainly fit. They asked about how I like my school. Tell me about yourself? Tell me when your worked well under pressure? what would you invest in 2011?

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Jan 13, 2011

these threads keep coming up on what to expect in interviews, and you cannot generalize because it depends so much on the interview and how you answer/your CV.

Just prepare for as much as you can, fit, technicals, markets, brainteasers and you will be fine.

Jan 13, 2011

just had my goldman interview and it wasn't bad. just be familiar with the markets and your personal goals/ why you want to work there. you'll be fine!

Jan 17, 2011

are you sure you have superday right after the 2 phone interviews? I'm pretty sure it's second round... Superday is next Sat

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Jan 17, 2011

ah: you are right. I thought it was superday cuz it said on the reimbursement form. have they gotten back to you yet?

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Jan 18, 2011
deeewang:

ah: you are right. I thought it was superday cuz it said on the reimbursement form. have they gotten back to you yet?

yes JUST got notified - going to superday. I've literally been on 5 flights between here and NYC in the past week...

I don't accept sacrifices and I don't make them. ... If ever the pleasure of one has to be bought by the pain of the other, there better be no trade at all. A trade by which one gains and the other loses is a fraud.

Jan 18, 2011
deeewang:

ah: you are right. I thought it was superday cuz it said on the reimbursement form. have they gotten back to you yet?

had second rounds today. heard back just now.

Jan 18, 2011

ok dudes, I ll see u guys in NYC

Winners develop the habits of doing things that losers don't like to do.

Jan 18, 2011

haha, we gotta have some kind of way of identifying each other. AND drinks afterwards. Thoughts?

I don't accept sacrifices and I don't make them. ... If ever the pleasure of one has to be bought by the pain of the other, there better be no trade at all. A trade by which one gains and the other loses is a fraud.

Jan 19, 2011

ah - I'm down. what is your interview time slot? i wonder if everyones is the same?

Jan 19, 2011

Haha. I'm 12 - 1:30. Wow there's quite a few of us on here ehh? I saw deeewang and accountpayable and passionfruit post that they're going as well - no replies on the drinks part though.

It's really good to have that kind of community. I've done a couple externships here and there and all of us keep in touch. We're great friends now and great resources for each other.

I don't accept sacrifices and I don't make them. ... If ever the pleasure of one has to be bought by the pain of the other, there better be no trade at all. A trade by which one gains and the other loses is a fraud.

Jan 19, 2011

wow, they must be bringing in a lot of people then, any idea how big their class sizes generally are? My slot is from 6:30-8:00pm, so doesn't look like we can connect for drinks, unless you guys plan on staying till late (but PM me if so!). Hopefully we'll all see each other in hong kong in the summer though! Good luck, and lets keep in touch after the interview process as well!

Jan 19, 2011

drinks sound great!!! but we all hv different time slots :( i hear that gs hires quite a big summer intern class but only extends FT offers to a few.

Jan 19, 2011

GS does tend to overhire for interns. Personally I think that makes sense, it creates a bit more competition and gives a broader pool to hire from. If i ran a trading desk I would be very careful about hiring someone I havent worked with for atleast a couple of weeks.

Jan 23, 2011

hey just wondering what everyone thought about the interviews yesterday? also can anyone verify that singapore securities SA was interviewing at the same time yesterday as well? that might be a good sign if the large number of people they had over for the superday yesterday werent all fighting for the same spots in HK!

Jan 23, 2011
diddykong89:

hey just wondering what everyone thought about the interviews yesterday? also can anyone verify that singapore securities SA was interviewing at the same time yesterday as well? that might be a good sign if the large number of people they had over for the superday yesterday werent all fighting for the same spots in HK!

I am not sure but I do hope so. Anyway did anybody hear from them already? I heard one offer was given out yesterday

Jan 23, 2011

lol azninvazn @ gs

Jan 23, 2011

i got an offer today.

I think everyone else should expect to hear back within a week, if you're one of Goldman's top choices. Otherwise they'll wait for answers from the first pool of people they picked and based on acceptances/declines they'll extend offers to people who were "waitlisted". Given that the deadline to reply is 2 weeks and official HR contact/offer won't be for a few days, I'd estimate Feb 11ish to be the latest anyone should be hearing back from them.

And also, yes superday was for ALL of Asia excluding Japan, not just HK. That includes Beijing for IBD. I have no idea if there's a S&T division in mainland (and i don't see how that'd work out either anyway....)

I don't accept sacrifices and I don't make them. ... If ever the pleasure of one has to be bought by the pain of the other, there better be no trade at all. A trade by which one gains and the other loses is a fraud.

Jan 23, 2011
ah:

i got an offer today.

I think everyone else should expect to hear back within a week, if you're one of Goldman's top choices. Otherwise they'll wait for answers from the first pool of people they picked and based on acceptances/declines they'll extend offers to people who were "waitlisted". Given that the deadline to reply is 2 weeks and official HR contact/offer won't be for a few days, I'd estimate Feb 11ish to be the latest anyone should be hearing back from them.

And also, yes superday was for ALL of Asia excluding Japan, not just HK. That includes Beijing for IBD. I have no idea if there's a S&T division in mainland (and i don't see how that'd work out either anyway....)

Hey appreciate that information and congrats! Did you tell gs that you have other offers pending so they need to get back to you earlier or if you have not heard back from them that means you are not one of their top choices? I know you have mentioned this in your reply but just to make sure I didn't misinterpret. Thanks!

Jan 23, 2011

I wouldn't worry if you haven't heard back yet, most people who are probably gonna get the offer should not have - it's only been uhh 24 hours? I never said anything about pending offers, and in fact Goldman is the only firm that I applied to for HK. I think they'll be handing out offers throughout this week, and I have no idea if that's any indication of their preference - I wouldn't think there's any particular order within this week, but I was saying that beyond this period (i.e. between end of this week and 2 weeks after that), it might be the "waitlist" period.

I don't accept sacrifices and I don't make them. ... If ever the pleasure of one has to be bought by the pain of the other, there better be no trade at all. A trade by which one gains and the other loses is a fraud.

Jan 24, 2011

for people who got offers already, would it be because you were a good fit for a very specific desk (i.e. at the very least be for sure either sales or trading)? I know it doesn't help much, but at this point I'm just very anxious about the entire process

Jan 25, 2011

same here, I am very anxious right now. Did they reply your thank you letter? I mean they did but I still have not heard back from them...

Jan 25, 2011

did reply thank you letter mean a good thing? anyway did you guys check your app status online? They changed mine from additional interviews to app under review and I have no idea what that means

Jan 25, 2011

I have no idea...ugh...anyone else got an offer?

Jan 25, 2011

cuz usually they made decisions very [email protected]: I assume they replied you as well?

Jan 25, 2011

I havent heard back. the HR lady said it wil be a week or two tho

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Jan 25, 2011

well they told us it would be a week or two after the second round and obviously the decisions were sent out that night...plus someone already got the offer already...is it the right logic?

Jan 25, 2011

After playing the waiting game for so long and second guessing myself constantly, if they extend me an offer I think I'm just going to accept it on the spot.

Jan 25, 2011

@ excellentme: yes they did..but it sounds more like sorry i cannot offer you a job but anyway good luck for everything....anyway I heard that gs usually takes longer than other banks to extend an offer so instead of second guessing let's just wait until the end of this week..good luck to everybody!

Jan 25, 2011

also we should keep each other updated regarding offers so that I know when it's a good time to move on!

Jan 25, 2011

Guys, it's only been a couple day so I really wouldn't be so stressed like this. Maybe this will give you some comfort - I clicked with my interviewer for 2nd round and he pushed hard for my app, and on top of that I got an alum for one of my superday interviews, so that I think caused the early reply that they gave me.

Since it hasn't even been a week yet, I wouldn't get worried until it's past this Saturday. By that point you might be on their waitlist, but I can't be sure either!

I would keep interviewing regardless, and I'm still doing that even with the offer..

I don't accept sacrifices and I don't make them. ... If ever the pleasure of one has to be bought by the pain of the other, there better be no trade at all. A trade by which one gains and the other loses is a fraud.

Jan 25, 2011

@ah: thanks for the info! Again really appreciate it and good luck for your other interviews!

Jan 25, 2011

no probs guys. btw i heard they've only given out 12 offers total this year, so that's why it might be a long wait b/c you'll need someone to decline the offer for it to be taken to the next person.

Just heard this number earlier from one of my interviewers...

I don't accept sacrifices and I don't make them. ... If ever the pleasure of one has to be bought by the pain of the other, there better be no trade at all. A trade by which one gains and the other loses is a fraud.

Jan 26, 2011
ah:

no probs guys. btw i heard they've only given out 12 offers total this year, so that's why it might be a long wait b/c you'll need someone to decline the offer for it to be taken to the next person.

Just heard this number earlier from one of my interviewers...

12? Thats little more than one intern per desk. I thought GS usually takes more than they can give FT offers to so they can see who is the best fit for the job

Jan 25, 2011

@ ah: just to clarify, this mean they have already informed 12 person already so now we are on the waitlist in case anybody reject the offer is it?

Jan 25, 2011

just checked my app status, says declined :|, well I just can't believe they declined it without sending an email...

Jan 26, 2011

@ excellentme: I guess that's what gs always do. But anyway don't be discouraged, I am sure there are more opportunities for you in NY or next year or from other BBs. Good luck!

Anybody got offers already?

Jan 26, 2011

did you get the offer already?

Jan 26, 2011

no. i have not hear from them yet. Dunno if they are taking their time to hand out offers or I am on the wait list

Jan 26, 2011

Well best of luck then at least ur app is still under review rite? They replied my thank you net with a pretty positive tone and.. Well guess I'm just not good enough... Congrats to all those got an offer!

Jan 26, 2011

mine says application declined as well... but I don't understand, I hit it off really well with all the interviewers. Also, are you sure it's accurate? It says "application under review" for IBD Beijing, but I never even got first rounds for that division

Jan 26, 2011
accountspayable:

mine says application declined as well... but I don't understand, I hit it off really well with all the interviewers. Also, are you sure it's accurate? It says "application under review" for IBD Beijing, but I never even got first rounds for that division

mine says app declined as well. i dont understand either, i actually thought i did very well in my three interviews. well just got to keep interviewing although things are starting to look bleak :( best of luck to everyone!

Jan 26, 2011

my too, declined. and I thought I did really well. I guess everyone did well for that matter. good luck everyone on the rest of the recruiting season.

Winners develop the habits of doing things that losers don't like to do.

Jan 26, 2011

I was told to come on the 24th, but I'm sure there are multiple superdays.

Jan 26, 2011

I have a superday after OCR first rounds on the 17th for S&T.

Jan 26, 2011
callmedtop:

I have a superday after OCR first rounds on the 17th for S&T.

When did you hear back from the first round? After two days?

Jan 26, 2011

Most probably, it will be your second and final round (unless some MDs during the superday later decide to conduct more phone screenings. haven't heard of many cases like this, though.) Congrats!

Jan 26, 2011

sorry to thread hijack but i was wondering what type of questions you got for your 1st round interview with them? We can talk through PM too if thats easier

Jan 26, 2011

1.) It's the final round, unless you get called back for further interviews (happens sometimes if they can't decide on you or if they think you'd suit another division).

2.) What difference does it make to you and your preparation if someone says 10% or 90%?

Jan 26, 2011

Brown_Bateman...good point, it wont matter on my preparation.

..So whats the percentage?

Jan 26, 2011

Is this for NY position?
I just came back from GS S&T SA superday last saturday, for Asia office.

Jan 26, 2011

Yeh, NY position

Jan 26, 2011

for asia SA, spring 08, there were three rounds.

first round phone screen, second round in nyc with 2 EDs, final round a week later in nyc with 2 MDs. that was the process i had. tiring.

i guess only two rounds for US?

Jan 26, 2011

Asia SA this year is 4 rounds:
2 phone interviews with guys in HK, 1 superday in NYC last weekend (3 one-on-one interviews), and 1 video conference interview day with MD's.
100% fit. 100% English.

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