GS Hong Kong Summer Analyst Internship

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I got an invitation for a first round interview. What questions should I expect? I have one week or so. It says two bankers from IBD (corporate finance) will conduct 20-30 mins. phone interviews. I go to a target school and have not much finance background (econ major). Any advice would be appreciated.

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Dec 11, 2012

get familiarized with accounting principles and coverage ratios used in corp fin

Dec 11, 2012

@ucmarron47 Thanks.

Any other advice?

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Dec 11, 2012

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Dec 11, 2012

i would guess that it would be like all asian superdays, in which you meet with probably 2-3 batches of the team/division you applied for.(i.e a series of interviews)

Anyway great job, mind I asked what division you got this for?

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Dec 11, 2012

Thanks for your answer!
I applied for IBD.

If I have a liberal arts background (not even econ),
should I expect to be asked many technical questions anyhow?

Dec 11, 2012

make sure your chinese is superb apparently that matters

Dec 11, 2012

I lived in China for 17 years, so that shouldn't be too much a problem. in my first round interview, half of that time we were speaking Chinese ( for those who will interview with GS Asia, yes, they definitely test your language skill)

Right now I am more interested in what specific technicals GS Financing group often ask? I understand that it's become more of a figuring out my 'fit' in this later stage, but by far they really haven't asked me much about technicals.. anyone who's had the experience interviewing with them before?

Dec 11, 2012

Just wondering-- about how much Chinese are you expected to know? Proficient enough to carry on a normal conversation (perhaps 2nd or 3rd year level in college..), or would you need to know finance-related vocabs?

Dec 11, 2012

it depends on what you wrote on your resume I think. Being either a starter or native speaker in Mandarin may help you in the screening process, but once you get in the interview, it's up to the interviewer to decide what to expect from you. I know one girl who only knows a little bit Chinese, so she only got asked to introduce herself in a few sentences and that was it. She got the offer.

Dec 11, 2012

D. All of the above.

Also be prepared to answer a few questions in Chinese.

Dec 11, 2012

gsduke: first of all, thanks for your help.
Would this be like a superday? I mean 4 back to back? the HR did not tell me anything, and the interview is scheduled in the afternoon.

Also what kind of math should I expect? My impression is that the math are just brain teasers with probability. Judging by your account name, you might be working for GS, so I really appreciate any your help!

gsduke:

D. All of the above.

Also be prepared to answer a few questions in Chinese.

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

Dec 11, 2012

since you are the first person smart enough to actually figure out what my username means, i'll lend another hand. the structure will likely be 3-4 interviews back-to-back, though HR doesn't give a lot of details before you get there. as for math, expect logic brainteasers, probability, mental math, and option-pricing questions (depending on your background of course). there should also be a significant portion of fit and market-based questions that will likely go off of what your asset-class interests are and what your resume says. best of luck. don't be surprised if you get more than 3-4 interviews if they think you fit in at other desks.

regards,
gsduke

Dec 11, 2012

gsduke: hey man thanks alot. I really appreciate it. HR just told me I will have 2 back to back interviews. I dont want to "overstay my welcome" here, since you might even interview me haha, but can you give an example of the mental math, probability and option-pricing questions? You can just PM me or email: [email protected]. of course you can just say no, I would totally understand.

gsduke:

since you are the first person smart enough to actually figure out what my username means, i'll lend another hand. the structure will likely be 3-4 interviews back-to-back, though HR doesn't give a lot of details before you get there. as for math, expect logic brainteasers, probability, mental math, and option-pricing questions (depending on your background of course). there should also be a significant portion of fit and market-based questions that will likely go off of what your asset-class interests are and what your resume says. best of luck. don't be surprised if you get more than 3-4 interviews if they think you fit in at other desks.

regards,
gsduke

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

Dec 11, 2012

logic and mental math: http://www.ibankingfaq.com/category/interviewing-b...
rest aren't as prevalent online but you should be able to find em if you do a search. if you claim to have knowledge/experience with options, you may find yourself drawing payoff diagrams. again, a lot of the more advanced questions will depend on your background

Dec 11, 2012
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