GS Veteran Integration Program (VIP) 2018

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I'd like to start the 2018 Veteran Integration Program thread this year. I'll be applying as soon as the application opens...Last year it was mid-October. Who else is applying this year?

In past years the application entailed an online resume screen, followed by a Hirevue interview with several questions. Successful candidates then went on to a superday before offers were presented in February/March.

Please share your background and desired divisions. I was a Marine O3 finance officer with no prior finance experience and a minor in business administration. Since I left active duty a little less than a year ago I've been working on my MBA at a non-target. I'm also applying to a few other internships and vet programs in finance for the coming spring/summer. My hope is that we can pool our collective knowledge to make ourselves more competitive than some of the less interested applicants/those that haven't done the legwork.

Comments (186)

Oct 1, 2017

Thank you for your service. @Isaiah_53_5 and @TheGrind also served and they are both bonafide financiers!

"The only thing I know is that I know nothing, and i am no quite sure that i know that." Socrates

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Oct 11, 2017

I too will be applying for the GS VIP 2018 this year. I unfortunately could not go to the networking event in London but look forward to applications opening up in mid October.

I am currently an O3 in the USMCR as a communications officer for 4th Tanks. I am also a graduate student at USC Marshall School of Business in their MBV program (Masters in Business for Veterans). And lastly, I have been in residential mortgage lending for the last 2.5 years with LoanDepot as a licensed lending officer.

I will be applying to GS in hopes of receiving training and getting into their RMD (Real Estate Management Division). Hope to see you guys soon!

Oct 11, 2017

Good to meet you, hopefully we end up there together. I thought about applying to REMD but I'd rather not live in Texas again. I'm applying to IM, IB, and Internal Audit but I;ve heard that IA doesn't get very many slots. Then again, neither does IBD...

Oct 11, 2017

Honestly I am open to a lot of things but my heart is in real estate. Do you know exactly when and how these applications will open up? I have been diligently reaching out through the career portal and people who have oversight on it and don't get much feedback.

Oct 11, 2017

Honestly I am open to a lot of things but my heart is in real estate. Do you know exactly when and how these applications will open up? I have been diligently reaching out through the career portal and people who have oversight on it and don't get much feedback.

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Oct 18, 2017

Same man, I check the page every other day but right now it just has information on London's VIP. The Americas application is still closed. I'm surprised more people aren't following this thread...? I thought we had more vets here.

Oct 18, 2017

Glad to find this thread, I am too in the process for JPM program, submitted yesterday and got a phone call today from HR for more info. Also got invited to the networking reception at NYC on 14 Nov. If anyone is in the same process, please reach out and we can help each other.

Oct 18, 2017

I'll be there on November 14th as well, will you be staying over that night?

Oct 19, 2017

I am from NYC, so yes I guess? Are you interested in meeting up early before the event?

Nov 6, 2017

If you are in NY and its not too late to sign up, I would definitely recommend you hit up the Veterans on Wall Street event tomorrow.
http://veteransonwallstreet.com/benefits/veteran-s...

Oct 23, 2017

Nice...I'm thinking so. I may or may not stay over...I'm thinking of heading in to the city earlier to meet up with several guys. I'm over in eastern PA just north of Philly so it's a drive but it's not too bad.

Oct 26, 2017

I'll be applying to this next year, can't wait. For those applying this year, GS is now taking applications for the 2018 VIP.

Apr 22, 2018

I am planning for 2018 too.

Oct 28, 2017

In as well.

Oct 28, 2017

Apply this year as well. How do we know what divisions are being recruited in those three locations? Any help?

Oct 29, 2017

Tough to say...I just put down IBD, IMD, and Ops, all NYC. My guess is if they like you they'll pull you in and put you somewhere where they have head space.

Nov 21, 2017

Just a heads up, Ive heard rumors that JPM is sending out superday invites.

Nov 24, 2017

Just applied, finger crossed!

Dec 6, 2017

just got online interview invitation.

Dec 6, 2017

Same dude! Good luck!

Dec 6, 2017

Good luck to you! I applied to JPM program too, haven't heard anything back except the tax survey. Does it mean no go? When is super day for jpm?

Dec 6, 2017

JPM has been interviewing for a few weeks now and will be giving out final offers in the next week or two

Dec 6, 2017

Yup. Their networking event was in November, their superday is Dec 14, and they should have offers out by the 18th.

Dec 14, 2017

They're making a resume book for those that didn't get in this cycle for next year. Reach out to whoever your point of contact was, give them which divisions you wish to be part of and in what city, and that should give you first refusal for next year. Seems like the main issue was that most of us who didn't get in just didn't apply early enough.

Dec 6, 2017

Applied to GS and also got online interview invitation today. Email also said we will be notified if we have progressed for further selection by NLT January 5th. GLTA

Dec 6, 2017

Does anyone know if making it to the video Interview was actually a big cut?

Also, at what level is this internship? Do all offers go in at the analyst level or, if you have an MBA for example, will an offer be made at the associate level? Both for internship and if you make it, follow-on offer?

Dec 10, 2017

I'd guess it's a reasonable cut as they're going to have to devote time to watch the videos for everyone who submits one.

Dec 7, 2017

based on speaking to someone who did it two years ago in IBD, i believe offers go out usually as a 2nd year analyst with exceptions being made. Don't know about if you have an MBA, but im guessing you should probably go through regular MBA recruiting.

Dec 7, 2017

Got my digital interview as well. Good luck to everyone. Hope to see some of you there if I get in. Fingers crossed on this opportunity

Dec 8, 2017

Received hirevue invite as well. Good Luck!

Dec 9, 2017

Does anyone know if it's possible to verify the specific divisions selected on the application?

Dec 10, 2017

Tried to find this as well. Couldn't locate it anywhere.

Dec 10, 2017

Did everyone get their answers out in time and on message? If you could, would you change it if given a second go?

Dec 12, 2017

The biggest issue for me was telling a story for both questions and keeping it under two minutes. Practiced enough and eventually got there.

All in all it felt good! We'll see how it goes.

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Dec 14, 2017

Practice was definitely key. Had to do like 20 run-throughs before I got comfortable enough to do the official one. Good luck to all!

Dec 14, 2017

If I was given a second go, I would have cut about 10 seconds off of my response to make sure that I was under and not risk going over at all. How about you?

Dec 15, 2017

This was my first Hire Vue experience that didn't allow multiple attempts. I practiced the questions for a few hours before hand and was able to get a response out to each in about 1:35 after finding out where to cut some fat. Will let y'all know when I hear anything.

Dec 14, 2017

Good luck everyone, hope to see you in NY! Pass the word if you get any news, I will as well.

Dec 19, 2017

Did anyone on here receive an invitation to interview that has already been accepted into an MBA program starting in 2018 and indicated that in their application?

Dec 21, 2017

I'm currently attending an MBA program too and in talks with recruiters they're expecting you to drop out.

Dec 29, 2017

Drop out mid-program? That doesn't make sense.

Seems like they would just bring you in as a summer associate to compete for a post-MBA gig.

Jan 26, 2018

This is false, having just interviewed and discussed this specific issue, they would bring you on and if they like you, offer you a summer associate position between your 1st year and 2nd year of MBA, then go from there.

One of the guys on the IBD conference call said he did exactly that, as an additional data point.

Dec 31, 2017

Do you mean the HireVue interview or an in person?

Dec 22, 2017

Mine was less than fantastic. If I had the opportunity for a do-over, I would not hesitate. The problem I had was really articulating why I want a career in the financial services industry. I know why, but don't know why. Money is a large pull, so is the allure of the culture, etc. But, being that I'm 36 and have a great career in the military, I couldn't explain it well enough.. We will see.

Dec 23, 2017

Anyone hear anything back after the recorded interviews?

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Dec 26, 2017

5 Jan yea?

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Dec 30, 2017

Next week is a big week, good luck to everyone!!!

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Dec 30, 2017

Crossed fingers!

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Jan 2, 2018

Of GS doesn't go through, what are your guys' contingencies?

Jan 2, 2018

*If

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Jan 5, 2018

Received invite to onsite individual interviews.

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Jan 5, 2018

Congrats! That was quick. I thought most invites would go out at the end of the day.

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Jan 5, 2018

Congratulations!!

Jan 5, 2018

Which division?

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Jan 5, 2018

Anyone have an idea how/when they send out invites? I am guessing a rolling basis throughout the day, but this is pure speculation.

Jan 5, 2018

No idea. 4:30 on the east coast and I've received nothing so far ... invite or declination.

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Jan 5, 2018

Same, no info. Checked portal, just says under review. Maybe they will push back due to the storm.
Also anyone know when superday is? I'm leaving the country in a few weeks, might miss it....

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Jan 7, 2018

Nothing here yet. Mine still says under review as well.

Jan 8, 2018

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Jan 8, 2018

Thank you for the update. Really appreciate you sharing this. Did you email them or did they send this to you as an update?

Jan 8, 2018

I emailed them. A little curious about the dude who said that he got an invite already though. I'm pretty sure they'd send out all the results at the same time.

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Jan 10, 2018

Thanks for sharing this!

Jan 9, 2018

Haven't received anything. Feel like I am checking my phone every 10 minutes especially because they said we would get a yes or no by the 5th

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Jan 12, 2018

I'm sure the market's performance since the new year has delayed our process. GS is probably killing it!!! Keep hope that we will hear something soon and good luck to everyone!

Jan 12, 2018

IB in NYC!

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Jan 12, 2018

when is their superday?

Jan 12, 2018

January 25th

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Jan 12, 2018

Invited to interview for Ops in NY/NJ!

Jan 12, 2018

Invited to interview for IMC and LEC for NY/NJ! Good luck everyone.

Jan 12, 2018

Ops in NYC

Jan 12, 2018

Received an invite today also, with a deadline to respond by 15 Jan. I have a feeling the "best response" guy from back on 5 Jan was a troll.

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Jan 13, 2018

Were they all sent at the same time?

Are some of us still waiting?

Did anyone get a rejection letter?

Jan 13, 2018

Yeah I haven't received anything as of yet. I guess if you didn't hear back - chances are you didn't make it. I think they send rejection letters much later than the offers.

Oh well... good luck to those who got interviews.

Jan 13, 2018

I got an invite yesterday as well- IM (Private wealth mgmt), IM (Digital investment), and ops; NYC. See you guys in NY!

Jan 13, 2018

Got invite for Finance (Investment Management Controllers) and Finance (LEC) Divisions. See you guys !

Jan 13, 2018

Did you hear back yesterday or today?

Jan 13, 2018

yesterday an email was sent out

Jan 16, 2018

** Nothing on my end. Congrats to the rest of you guys!

Jan 16, 2018

Hey, I received an e-mail on Jan 12th, and I sent a reply confirming my attendance. Has anyone received a response to their confirmation e-mail?

Any word from others who attended the VIP in 2017?

Looking forward to meeting y'all!

Jan 17, 2018

Same. I haven't received a confirmation email either.

Jan 17, 2018

Received the IBD invite for NY/NJ on the 12th for a 25JAN18 Superday as well with the request to reply by 15JAN18. I replied (obviously lol) and haven't heard back yet. My guess is that it may take them a little while to actually book the travel which is delaying responses a bit.

Anyone have any links to past interview questions they ask? How is everyone else preparing?

Jan 17, 2018

I was going to reach out to some GS friends, but I don't know how to prepare for this interview. Is it mainly bahavorial questions? I can't imagine lots of technical questions.

Jan 20, 2018

Finally got my travel booking emai at 9:40 pm PST which I find kind of weird but I got it so whatever

Jan 17, 2018

I did not get any flight tickets information yet. We should get contact before Friday (I assumed). Do you guy think how much they pay for this internship ($5K)? We can figure it out about the living in NY area. I used to live in 1 bed room in Manhattan. It costs like 3K but living in Queen or Brooklyn is cheaper.

Jan 19, 2018

I've got nothing in terms of flights or logistics. Hopefully today
Also, besides behavioral questions/general understanding of the market, is anyone reading anything special to prep?

Jan 19, 2018

What division are you interviewing for? Do you have any background in finance? I'm just prepping for behavioral questions, I heard it's not really technical.

And yeah really hope they get back to us today with flights so I can try to plan. I shot them a follow up email yesterday but still silence on the net.

Jan 19, 2018

I tried following up on Weds and I haven't heard anything. Glad I'm not the only one though. Anybody up for crashing GS?

Jan 20, 2018

Finally got info on travel. Looks like a temp AMEX. Timing is going to be close considering I'll need to fly out Wednesday.

Not super impressed with this process so far.

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Jan 20, 2018

Yeah, got my travel confirmation at 1230AM. Someone was up late
Also, it says not to book on weekends, but we got this email on a weekend. But it also says to book within 24 hours of receiving this email.
Anyone have an idea?

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Jan 20, 2018

I'm going to try and book mine later today. I figure you can't meet both of those requirements (the entire 24 hour period is over the weekend) so better to have tickets.

I don't mind short timelines and a fast pace, but this seems pretty disorganized.

EDIT: Looks like I'm waiting until Monday.

Jan 20, 2018

Just got an e-mail saying we had to wait until Monday to book travel. This is definitely a soup sandwich...

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Jan 20, 2018

Same. Guess I'm waiting after all.

Jan 20, 2018

Monday it is. Any Jersey City folks here?

Jan 22, 2018

I'm having superday in Jersey city this Wed. How about you?

Jan 20, 2018

Jersey City for IBD. Anyone have any good idea of past interview questions that are asked?

Jan 22, 2018

Did anyone else receive an invite to the IB coaching session today? Any idea if prep is needed?

Jan 22, 2018

I'm currently on the line waiting for the PWM interview coaching. It's been 40 minutes, no one showed...

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Jan 22, 2018

Does anyone show up ? I have been waiting but it is just playing the classic song.. :(

Jan 22, 2018

Currently on the line for the "firmwide coaching call", dialed in and just hear classical music. About to dial into the 5PM IBD conference call, hope it's not the same story...

Jan 22, 2018

No one on the coaching call, guess they forgot...

Anybody staying in town after the super-day? Maybe hit up a happy hour after the interviews?

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Jan 22, 2018

Well I got an email an Email at 1308 PST from the recruiter reminding me of the call at 1600 EST.....Didn't the previous email say it was 1700 EST?

Jan 22, 2018

I'll be in the area the day before but leaving after the last interview. Is anyone coming straight from the airport to the interview?

Jan 22, 2018

For people who are out of town.. did you get to stay in the club quarter wall street hotel? My super day is on 25, another friend got both 24 and 25. What's your?

Jan 22, 2018

I've got both 24 and 25, and yeah got a hotel stay at the quarters
But I'm coming int he day before so I'm staying in at a self-funded hotel

Jan 22, 2018

@Stinger72 : Awesome, looked like you got all 3 divisions.. cool ! I'm giving up the coaching now.. maybe call back later :)

Jan 22, 2018

So... I guess this coaching call isn't happening?

Jan 22, 2018

Did anyone else get an updated time moving the call from 5 to 4, 8 min after 4 only to find there was no one on the line :)? Just curious if anyone was able to get through and if so what advice was offered.

Jan 22, 2018

Yep. Just a lot of hold music and people joining/leaving the call. Never heard anyone speak.

Jan 22, 2018

same here.

Jan 22, 2018

Call back again at 7:30 EST ! Last update !

Jan 22, 2018

Ok looks like there is a 730 EST call now. Same number.

Jan 22, 2018

Anyone else just hanging out on the line?

Jan 22, 2018

Done with it ! :(

Jan 22, 2018

Ugghh

Jan 22, 2018

Hey all! So obviously there was some significant issues with the coaching calls today. I was able to catch the very tail end of the Investment Management coaching session and then listened to the whole firm-wide session and I'll share a few of the things that were salient for me. I won't differentiate between which note came from which session because there was a LOT of overlap. These are in no particular order, really.

-"Most important": Know Yourself. Know your resume inside and out. ID the 3-5 key skills and traits that you want to highlight, and have a few solid examples of each of those skills.

-Know the firm, know the divisions you're applying to, know the role

-Look at the annual reports, look at the recent results

-Goldman is very team oriented; committed to diversity

-Prepare for market-related questions; the thought processes. Show that you care about the role.

-Most common mistake: not answering the question. Listen to the question, and engage the interviewer.

-Human Capital Management ("HCM") does their best to match VIP slots with available future full time positions. So basically, if you get the internship, you're now working on a two month long interview in which both you and GS will decide if there's a good fit.

-Practice answers to common questions:
Why Goldman Sachs?
Why IM and why Risk?
Tell me about yourself

-Do not ramble. Most important part of these questions is structure. Every story has a beginning, middle, and end. Make sure you tell your story.

-Expect to get fatigued. Push through it. The 10th person is just as important as the 1st person.

Anyway, seeing as this is a competition it was probably not in my best interest to have shared all that but hopefully karma will come through in the end somehow! Good luck, all!

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Jan 23, 2018

Excellent ! Thanks a lot ! Hope we are all luck !

Jan 25, 2018

Any one know when decisions are made?

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Jan 26, 2018

From reading the last couple years' group posts, it seems to be 2-3 weeks. But that might be different since those programs were ran differently than this one.

I'm eager to hear back as well! Good luck!

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Jan 26, 2018

Has anyone been able to find contact info on the people the interviewed with? I'm trying to send some thank you emails, but no luck on a directory of any kind.

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Jan 26, 2018

Has anyone been able to find contact info on the people the interviewed with? I'm trying to send some thank you emails, but no luck on a directory of any kind.

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Jan 26, 2018

I asked one of the recruiters before I left for contact info, and they happily obliged. Maybe e-mailing Chandni asking for contact information will work. Good luck!

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Jan 27, 2018

Was anyone able to catch the number of candidates GS is able to accept?

Looking at 2017's group picture, maybe 25?

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Jan 31, 2018

Anyone hear anything either way? Particularly from IBD or Merchant Banking?

Jan 31, 2018

Just got an email to schedule a follow-up 30 min phone call with Operations.

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Feb 1, 2018

Got the same email. But they had reschedule TBD because it was made within less than an hour upon me receiving the email. It sounded like the HR department and Operations Division were not in sync! Did you get a chance to speak to someone?

Jan 31, 2018

Same here. I'm wondering if it's a sign that one of our feet is in the door.

Jan 31, 2018

Are you ops as well?

Feb 1, 2018

Decision by COB Friday, February 9th... No followups.

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Feb 1, 2018

Yes. Ops in NJ. And just got a group email saying that they'll update the status of our application by cob Friday the 9th. Before then, we re all still being considered.

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Feb 1, 2018

I got an email for "Decision by COB Friday 9th" but not for any follow up interviews. I hope that's not a bad sign. I interviewed for FIM.

Feb 1, 2018

Same. I'm a bit bummed, I was selected to interview with 4 different divisions, but GS only set up two last minute interviews... I haven't been too impressed by this program.

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Feb 1, 2018

I've been trying to find someone who applied for JPM Chase's 2018 Veteran Program. All they did for me were phone interviews and I've had zero contact with them since. I can't seem to find any info if they did Superday's or in-person interviews as part of their process.

GS' Program has been more impressive than JPMC at this point.

Feb 1, 2018

Just got the same email about Feb 9 too. Do you guys wait for other offering as well?

Feb 1, 2018

Got the same email today about 09FEB18 in the OPS DIV. Did anyone else get contacted (email or telephone) after the superday at NJ?

Feb 2, 2018

Just got the email about updating us on our status by Feb 9th. Best of luck, everyone!

Feb 2, 2018

Same email. This isn't the same as a waitlist right? I know in previous years, it looked like they had a waitlist for applicants.

Feb 4, 2018

What do you mean by "wait list"? Is that like a stand-by or alternate group? I didn't see mention of a wait list when I read over previous GS VIP years.

Feb 5, 2018

Just had a scheduled phone call with an ops MD today- basically another interview but it sounded like a follow up...haven't heard anything from my other choices though.

Feb 7, 2018

Anyone hear anything?

Feb 7, 2018

Nothing on my end yet.

Feb 8, 2018

I honestly expect they'll e-mail us at midnight on Friday. Seems to be their MO.

Best of luck, everyone!

Feb 8, 2018

I just heard from another friend. They just called him a few hours ago and he got 2 division (IMD/Compliance). They asked him to pick on. I am still waiting for mine :(

Feb 8, 2018

Just got the call, Ops and IMD!
Good luck to everyone, looks like they're giving calls out now

Feb 8, 2018

What locations did y'all get offers from?

Feb 9, 2018

They didn't say specify alocation yet

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Feb 9, 2018

You got your Feb 9th follow up email already?

Congrats! I hope the rest of us hear something soon...

Feb 8, 2018

I am so happy too! Just got an offer in a Finance division!

Feb 9, 2018

Congrats!

Did they call you or email you on the 8th?

Feb 9, 2018

Called !

Feb 9, 2018

If you can, please write a review of the program when you complete. I'm sure I'm not the only one that will apply again next year.

Enjoy! And best of luck!

Feb 9, 2018

Congratulations to all of those who got selected! I am still waiting for my notification and already mentally prepared myself to start looking for other opportunities. GS is a dream for me and this was my first year, just remember that next year there will be a new class of VIP candidates. Get some more experience under my belt and apply again next year.

Feb 9, 2018

Same surprised they haven't started calling/emailing yet.

Feb 9, 2018

Yeah.. Given our midnight Superday emails and what not... I'm still hopeful though but it seems unfavorable. At least I got a free trip to NYC

Feb 9, 2018

Hi again. Please don't give up you dream. This was my second time to apply for the VIP program. I applied it last year for IB when I was still in an active duty. What I learned from the past is to do more research on the firm, division, and team that we were interviewing with as well as applicable market conditions and macro trends. There are also other opportunities out there. I am actually receiving other 3 full time jobs from other well-known organization now. However, I made the decision to go for this internship, Goldman Sach has been my dream too.

Feb 9, 2018

Thank you for the positive support.

I was reminiscing about my interview and I remember them asking about 3 values that I think are important for finance. I realized I didn't generically pick GS' values to regurgitate. I'm sure there are plenty of other factors but I will likely reapply last year. Did you go to Superday last year too?

Feb 9, 2018

I did not even pass the HireVue last year. I was not sure because I was in oversea or because I totally messed up the first time VDO interview recording. I also mixed my choices in the different divisions this year (Finance / IMD / IB). Last year, I focused too much on IB/Trading choices.

Feb 9, 2018

Thank you you for the support! I am fresh out currently still on terminal leave. I also read the thread on last years VIP class which I used to see how the process went. Best of luck!

Feb 10, 2018

I haven't heard back from you them yet. Is anyone else still waiting?

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Feb 10, 2018

I'm waiting as well. Surprised we haven't heard anything yet.

Feb 10, 2018

the blurb in the email stated "contact us if you have questions about timeline and have competing offers"...

Has anyone from the group sent an inquiry yet?

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