GS SA 1st Round S&T Phone Interview

Hey guys,

I've been lurking on this site a little bit, and I have learned a lot, but I haven't posted much. I'm a junior double majoring in applied math and economics at a to a top 20, non-target school, and I have a first round phone interview with Goldman Sachs Securities next week.

Most people whom I have talked to interviewed with GS for investment banking, and they told me that their interviews were mainly fit interviews. If any of you guys have had an experience with GS Securities interviews, are their first rounds more technical, or is it a soft, fit interview?

I have also never interviewed with a BB before, so what else should I expect? I should be fine with brain teasers, probability, bayes theorem, other math...etc, but I am more worried about what they are looking for as far as fit.

If any of you guys have some suggestions, I would love to hear them. Thanks for answering, and if you have any further questions, please let me know!

Thanks again!

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Dec 5, 2009

GS already started SA recruiting?

Dec 5, 2009

For Europe, yes.

Dec 5, 2009

interviewed for Asia 1st round phone with someone in HK.

pure fit, really easy. part english part chinese.

2nd round = 1-round in nyc with 2 executive directors who are dicks. very hard and grilling.

3rd round = 1 round in nyc with 2 mds.

my 1st round phone interview with JPM S&T in HK was straight up brainteasers though. so beware.

Dec 6, 2009
untilted:

interviewed for Asia 1st round phone with someone in HK.

pure fit, really easy. part english part chinese.

2nd round = 1-round in nyc with 2 executive directors who are dicks. very hard and grilling.

3rd round = 1 round in nyc with 2 mds.

my 1st round phone interview with JPM S&T in HK was straight up brainteasers though. so beware.

I just submitted my application last week for GS Hong Kong. If you don't mind me asking, did GS HK already start interviewing for 2010 summer analysts? Is there anyone who got 1st round phone interview?

Dec 6, 2009

I went through GS S&T interview process a few years ago. My first round was a mix of fit, tech, and braintrasers. You can't really generalize in any interview process because every interviewer has their own process to see if you have what they are looking for. WSO has a good selection of guides that will give you a better idea of the types of questions you can expect to get. The Vault obviously has guides as well. I reccomend you check them out. Good luck in your interviews, this should be a pretty competitive interview season.

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Dec 7, 2009

my experience = two years ago...

Dec 7, 2009

Untitled: Thanks for your clarification. I thought it was this year's result.

So you had a phone interview in both English and Chinese(Cantonese I guess)? Can I ask you what level of proficiency in Chinese they require in S&T in general? And more specifically, if I am not coming from any Chinese background but have picked up Chinese for some years now and wrote my level of competency only as "conversational"?

Jan 1, 2010

First of all thanks a lot for the great and interesting post and comments. I am very interested in phone Interview but I have never tried it for myself. I just preparing for it so it would be really interesting to know more about other people experience. Have anyone had any advices about it? Thanks a lot one more time for the useful information and I will be waiting for other great your posts and interesting responses about it in the nearest future.

Regards,

Brad Turnton from mobile application development

Jan 1, 2010

Damn.. they sure do interview a lot of people for S&T

Jan 1, 2010

My first one was with HR -- was mostly behavioral / focused on my past experiences (resume) and a couple of market questions towards the end.

Jan 1, 2010

Yep.. I got interview for S&T DB along with everyone else who had any qualifications at my non-target.

I was interviewed at DB by alumni so there were very few "what is your biggest weakness" and more "tell me what it says on this resume because I haven't seen it yet" type of questions.

usually something like "Why trading, Why here, Why you, and what's happening in market now".

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Jan 1, 2010
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