GS Veterans Integration Program (VIP) 2019

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I'd like to start the 2019 Veteran Integration Program thread this year. The application just opened up and I plan on applying in the next week few weeks.

Taking this content directly from last year's post - 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 am a current Navy officer separating in the Spring. I plan to attend a target MBA program starting in the Fall of 2019 and recruit for a summer banking associate position. I'll be applying for IBD and potentially Merchant Banking and PWM.

Anyone else looking to apply this year? There is also a networking event going on next week for 2 days, but I have yet to hear anything back from GS regarding whether I was selected. I assume I wasn't, but maybe they haven't finished processing all the applications yet. It was just a basic resume screen with college, major and GPA included.

Comments (155)

Nov 3, 2018

Thanks for starting the thread, and congrats on your MBA acceptance.
I was an Army officer for a short time, got hurt + med-boarded before I could deploy. Don't know how I'm going to be viewed under the circumstances, but I figured that this was worth a shot before I went all-in on cold-emailing. Applying to global investment research, risk and C&C banking.

Regarding the networking event you mentioned, I didn't apply but I think there's a good chance they are still sorting through things. Bear in mind that the VIP Americas application date was pushed off 3 times before it was finally opened.

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Nov 3, 2018

Thanks for starting the thread. Currently working on my application. I saw the posting on the upcoming networking event. Did not apply considering how tough it is to get pass or short leave for the conference especially for junior enlisted.
I am AD Army, over 4 years in (E4)/ Supply logistics/ BS in Economics, 2011/ 2 years financial services entry level gig before Army. Still undecided as to what specific field but will make up my mind by the time and done with the application.

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Nov 3, 2018

Got it, thanks for sharing. Are you looking to turn this into a full time position? I wonder how amenable they're going to be to hiring people pursuing MBAs and not interested in coming in as an analyst. I guess with the A2A program that exists nowawdays though an MBA is becoming less and less important for overall advancement.

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Nov 3, 2018

At the moment, my goal is to obviously convert the internship opportunity (if selected) into a full time position and pursue it for the next two years, after which, I will embark on graduate school (JD/MBA). The two years time frame is to get a great foresight as to what avenue within the financial industry I intend to make a long time career and to convert promising initiatives into investments.

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Nov 7, 2018

I applied for the veterans networking event and was not selected. Anyone selected for it? I thought I had a pretty competitive application. According to the e-mail there was "overwhelming interest". I will also be applying for the VIP in the next couple weeks. Congrats to those selected - interested to hear how it goes if anyone is willing to share.

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Nov 3, 2018

Anybody go to the networking event? How'd it go?

Dec 6, 2018

I was there, it was a good event. Basically a combo of networking and learning about the firm/program.

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Nov 3, 2018

You mind sharing a little bit about your profile? Curious to see what type of vets were selected for the networking event.

Nov 27, 2018

Thanks for starting the thread! Also a Navy Officer and Academy grad. Finished my MBA from Anderson while on Active Duty, but not separating until Fall 2019.

If accepted, I'm looking to rotate this internship into a full time position. Does anyone who's still active duty plan to use SkillBridge for TAD?

Dec 16, 2018

In a similar boat. I plan to use Skillbridge, but don't trust my command to follow through due to "needs of the Navy". I have over 60 days of leave, so I may use that. Plus you can't accept compensation with Skillbridge.

Dec 6, 2018

Anyone get hirevue emails yet?

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Dec 6, 2018

Sup dude I was at the summit too. I haven't gotten a hirevue yet but they seemed to imply that like everyone would get one?

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Dec 6, 2018

Yeah, looking back at last year's group it seems like hirevue invites were sent out between the 06-12 DEC. So hopefully we'll get something soon. Which groups did you apply to?

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Dec 9, 2018

You guys apply to BofA VAP too? Or just GS VIP?

Dec 6, 2018

Yep, also applied to BAML's program

Nov 3, 2018

I applied to the BOA Vet program and the Wells Fargo VET program as well. I received a follow-up email from Wells Fargo on the 7th, stating they are currently reviewing all applications and will start phone interview December 10th right up to the end of January. I am also considering applying to Deloitte CORE Program.

Nov 3, 2018

JP Morgan Chase, to my understanding has a similar program but was unable to track or find any reliable link for their 2019 program.

Nov 3, 2018

The BAML program doesn't seem to be looking for vets who are transitioning to business school so I probably won't apply.

Nov 3, 2018

How are other applicants preparing for interviews? From what I understand they're mostly behavioral, but we're still expected to have some familiarity with finance/Goldman. I'm just reading the news a ton and trying to refine my why Goldman/finance pitch.

Dec 13, 2018

One of the folks at the summit talked about this product, seems fairly exhaustive.

https://careercenter.haas.berkeley.edu/dnld/ind/fi...

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Jan 7, 2019

Wall Street Prep also has an interview prep course. It is on the pricey side, but it has been helpful on getting re-familiarized having not studied business in many years.

Dec 14, 2018

Got a hireview invite this morning. Some background; Did 3 years enlisted- Army infantry, Got out mid 2017. I am currently a sophomore in an undergrad program at a top 25 target. Curious if anyone else got selected while still early in UG. Seems like the posts are skewed to MBA and officers with degrees complete. The dates wont line up with my spring schedule, but i'm hoping they'll allow a deferment until the summer, into the conventional SA program.

Nov 3, 2018

Good stuff! I also go an email interview link yesterday. I presume emails were forwarded, starting yesterday.

Jan 7, 2019

It's definitely targeted toward officers. GS tends to shove enlisted veterans into middle office or ops roles - including those coming from target schools that blow (some) of the officers undergraduate programs out of the water. I wouldn't spend a lot of energy pursuing this route, mostly because even if you're accepted it's unlikely you'll take a seat from some ring knocker who has his eye on IMD or IBD.

It's not totally the firms fault though, this program was shaped by officers for officers.

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Jan 12, 2019

Even more so for academy grads.

"That was basically college for me, just ya know, fuckin' tourin' with Widespread Panic over the USA."

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Nov 27, 2018

Good luck with the deferment!

How is everyone preparing?

I got two emails, one saying the Hireview needs to be completed by the 16th, and another that says to be complete by the 17th. Does anyone have more clarity?

Dec 9, 2018

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Nov 3, 2018

I got the same two email with different deadline dates (one saying 16th, and the other saying 17th). You could possibly email the GS recruiting for better clarity but, it would be safe and appropriate to say that, you should endeavors to complete your recording on the 16th, that way you are safe.

Dec 6, 2018

If you open the hirevue invitation link and go to the main page it states on the bottom when the portal will close out, which is 2359 EST on the 17th.

Dec 14, 2018

For the Hirevue interview does anyone know if we have 2 minutes to talk per a division or 2 minutes total?

Nov 3, 2018

I don't know for sure, but I'm going into it assuming it's still just 2 minutes overall. 30-45 seconds per group you selected.

Nov 3, 2018

I completed and submitted my HireVue recording this morning. In my opinion, you have 2 minutes to discuss all your three choosen divisions you enumerated on your application.

Dec 6, 2018

Just got my Hirevue. Has anyone heard back from BAML who applied?

Nov 3, 2018

I submitted an application for BAML and I have not yet heard back on my end.

Nov 3, 2018

I did two phone interviews with BAML in November, no word since then. The VAP is 100% veteran-run and the process seems relatively less structured than the VIP.

Dec 6, 2018

Apparently superday invites for BAML have already gone out.

Dec 16, 2018

Hey guys, not sure how much time is left in your interview process, but I have some additional interview guides (both technical and behavioral, similar to the one above). Also, I went through both the S&T and IB interview process. Happy to try to field any questions you might have. Shoot me a PM if interested!

Nov 27, 2018

HankyP, I'd love to review some technical and behavioral guides you are willing to share. Thanks!

Dec 16, 2018

PM'd!

Nov 3, 2018

Submitted all my hirevue stuff today. There was an additional one for applicants to IB asking about a recent M&A transaction that we've followed in the markets and what we find interesting about it. Anybody else have to answer this question? Seems like a way to gauge if people actually have any genuine interest in IB or are just applying because of the prestige.

Hopefully we hear whether we make it to the super day sometime in the next few weeks. Last years superday was Jan 25th.

Dec 6, 2018

Nope, didn't apply to IB and I didn't get that question. So it sounds like it's just IB folks.

Dec 14, 2018

I also received the m&a question also. I can't remember if I only applied to IBD, but it was the only specific division question I received.

Dec 17, 2018

Thanks for starting this dialogue! I recently transitioned out of the Army after serving 29yrs and believe the financial industry is the place for me as my second career. I completed my HireVue interview today and have applied and completed a telephone interview with Wells Fargo VIP. I applied for BOA Veterans program as well but have not heard anything as of yet

Dec 6, 2018

Is anyone else interviewing for the JP Morgan Military Pathways Program? I just finished a second round with them for Equity Research.

Jan 7, 2019

Hey - yeah I applied for a few but never heard from anyone. Maybe I wasn't competitive.

Dec 29, 2018

Has anyone received an email for the superday yet? 7 years in the Army got out as a Captain. Did my MSF while still in the military. Applied to IB, IM, Securities all in NYC.

Nov 3, 2018

I don't think we're going to find out until early January - probably the week of the 7th. In the follow up email to the hirevue it said early January. Seeing as superdays were 24/25 of January last year I assume the week of the 7th would give us enough time to plan a trip to whatever location we're interviewing at.

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Dec 6, 2018

Wells Fargo VET superday invites just went out.

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Dec 6, 2018

Yep, just got mine. Who else got theirs?

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Dec 6, 2018

Awesome, congrats man! Was your invite for SF or Charlotte?

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Jan 9, 2019

Got mine as well.

Jan 9, 2019

Has anyone heard from Goldman Sachs? I last completed that email that was asking if I had any competing offers, if I was in an MBA program and if there was anything stopping me from attending the program. They said I would hear about next steps in January...haven't heard anything yet...Anyone?

Nov 3, 2018

I have not heard anything yet. I know they've at least started watching the hirevues. No idea if they're done yet.

Does anybody know what this internship pays? Is different based off division and experience or standard across the board?

Dec 6, 2018

last year got their superday invites on Friday, 12JAN. So, maybe tomorrow we'll find out.

Dec 14, 2018

Superday invites are going out right now.

Nov 3, 2018

I just got my invite for
1. Compliance
2. Operations
Salt Lake City, Utah. January 31st.

Dec 17, 2018

Good for you!

Nov 3, 2018

I am wondering (for those of you with any form of knowledge) what would be a means or good tip to request to interview with another role beyond what someone selects. After good thought perspective, thinking of also interview for IBD.

Jan 7, 2019

This is going to be tough to swing, specifically because in traditional IBD recruiting one of the first screens they do is whether or not you're serious about IBD only (students who put IMD, S&T, and IBD usually get dinged in their apps). The roles you listed in SLC are about as far removed from the front office roles in NYC as you can possibly get. They're not bad roles, but they're just completely different offices, cultures, and the job has basically zero overlap with banking.

For some context, it's helpful to realize that even someone who interns in IBD - and goes through the same summer "training" - can have a very hard time trying to switch industry groups within the division between their internship and a full-time start date. In the situation you're describing, we're not even talking about a hop from the S&T group to industry coverage banking - you're talking about an office some bankers at GS might not even be aware exists. Asking to go IBD will be interpreted as having zero interest in Compliance and Operations, for better or worse.

Having said all that, maybe the vet program is a little more flexible and maybe they understand you're learning to navigate all of this. You just need to weigh the upside and downside of this. Upside is you get a shot at IBD - but it's a very remote upside in this context. Downside is you don't even get a seat in the SLC groups and you're back at square one.

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Nov 3, 2018

Would you mind sharing your opinion of the Merchant Banking Division at Goldman? If you had the opportunity to pursue both IBD and MBD through the VIP which would you be inclined to pursue? I'm interested in finance long term - both banking and PE interest me although I understand that trying to go into PE as a post-MBA hire without analyst level PE/IB experience is pretty difficult. Thanks for your input!

Nov 3, 2018

Thank you very much for the input! Beyond just this program (GS VIP) I am also looking forward to applying directly with other Bulge Bracket firms in alternative asset management like Black rock, Black Stone etc

Dec 17, 2018

Hello, I received an invitation to GS Superday today and also an invitation to Wells Fargo Forum in Charlotte. Did anyone receive these?

Nov 3, 2018

The Wells Fargo recruiter who reached out to me via email was a duch bag/ sucker! Initially, in his email to my attention, he mentioned of giving me a call to highlight about the program and when he called he started asking me behavioral questions. I simply told him I was in the midst of issues equipment in my supply storage and was not ready to give him an insightful answer.

Jan 7, 2019

Hey I will be at the Charlotte Wells Fargo event

Jan 9, 2019

I got the GS Super day invite to Dallas...Anyone else going to Dallas?

Dec 16, 2018

I'll be there. We should grab some cocktails after the interviews!

Dec 13, 2018

Just got the invite to consumer and commercial banking in Chicago. Anyone hear anything from the NYC office? I think they said the divisions (especially IBD) send their stuff out separately.

Nov 3, 2018

I think it comes out as one email. My email specifically says that I am invited to interview with the below division(s). I did not get an invitation from all the divisons I put on my preference sheet. I would assume if your email said consumer commercial banking in Chicago then you did not get an interview invite for NYC IBD. Just my opinion though.

Dec 13, 2018

Yeah that makes sense too. Still pumped though!

Jan 7, 2019

Hey, yeah I got an invite to NYC.

Dec 17, 2018

Hey, I'm going to NYC. Who else is going ?

Dec 13, 2018

They just switched my interview location, I'm now interviewing in NYC. Not sure what division yet, got the word yesterday.

Dec 29, 2018

Anyone hear from the nyc office?

Jan 7, 2019

Hey, yeah I heard from IMD and IBD.

Nov 27, 2018

Hey,

I got invited to interview with S&T, Ops, and Risk in NYC. How about you?

Does anyone have any tips for preparing for these interviews?

Jan 11, 2019

Hey all,

Also applying to the VIP program. Anyone else get NYC IMD superday? Trying to figure out how to prepare...

Thanks!

Nov 3, 2018

If I can throw in my 50cent input, I will urge you to reach out to GS IMD folks on LinkedIn, introduce yourself and try to inquire if they will be willing to share some insightful perspective about their work and what advice they could lend to you in terms of preparing for an internship in their division. Otherwise, if you got the dough, get your hands on one of the course offered through WSO. I just got the investment banking interview course and the course is really legit!. If not, YouTube, is your best friend.

Jan 11, 2019

anyone hear from IBD?

Jan 7, 2019

Hey, yeah I got an IBD interview invite.

Dec 9, 2018

Mind sharing what your background is like?

Dec 13, 2018

Nice! Congrats to all

Nov 7, 2018

Did anyone get an invite to Merchant Banking?

Nov 3, 2018

The travel instructions came out last night. Anybody else having trouble with them? It says specifically to make our reservations with 24 hours of receiving the e-mail, but when you try to book the tickets an error pops up saying the system is only available Mon-Thur. I might just call the # provided.

Nov 3, 2018

I had the same issue when trying to book my flight Thursday evening after 9 pm. Fortunately, even after receiving the pop up message, I still proceeded with completing my flight reservation and including my hotel date. I got a confirmation yesterday afternoon indicating the success of my reservation for my flight, hotel and the amex card

Dec 17, 2018

I got a call today and was told not to do any travel arrangements until Tuesday 22 Jan. Does anyone know which hotel we're suppose to book? Also the Corporate expense card didn't work either

Jan 7, 2019

They book the hotel for you when you book your flight

Jan 21, 2019

Glad to see this program still going strong, I am an alum from a few years ago. Good luck to all in the interview process.

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Jan 9, 2019

Did you get offered a full time role? After the Superday, when do you find out if you have been chosen to attend the internship/integration? What is the conversion rate to full time ? Thank you. I am interviewing for Human Capital Specifically?

Jan 21, 2019

I was and ended up turning it down to attend business school. As you can see I still ended up in finance, albeit at a different firm in a different city but in investment banking. The program is phenomenal. You will learn a ton, be exposed to very interesting and senior folks at GS, and generally have a good time.
I think timing from offer from superday was about 1 week, but I can't remember exactly, it wasn't long for sure. Our conversion rate of offers was very high, though many I don't think accepted in favor of business school or other grad programs. Best of luck to all in the process.

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Jan 26, 2019

If anyones going to be in NYC on Monday let's link up after interviews.

Dec 17, 2018

I will be in NYC on Monday and happy to link up!

Dec 17, 2018

Hey!!! How did your Superday interviews go? Did anyone find out when they will be updating us on our status ?

Dec 13, 2018

I think the NYC ones went well, just three of us for the consumer banking side. Seemed like an very chill group, and the interviews themselves went kinda like the conference call said, essentially conversations that kicked off with walking through your story/resume

Nov 3, 2018

I interviewed with Operations and Compliance in Salt Lake City. I basically had four interviews with two 35 minutes block interviews per division and they were all one after the other. A panel of two execs per interview block. As mentioned in the conference, it was for me a conversational process that required me to be upbeat!. In total, they were 7 people including myself that interviewed from SLC.

Dec 17, 2018

I'm hoping for the best for all of us ! Any word on when we will hear something?

Dec 16, 2018

If anyone's going to be in Dallas tomorrow evening and wants to meet up, feel free to send me a message. Good luck!

Nov 3, 2018

Has anyone heard anything from the recruiting team? I'm hoping we hear this week. I'll have to pick up and move across the country if it works out!

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Dec 17, 2018

I was wondering the same thing. Like you, I will have to pick up and move as well. I'm really hoping for good news from the recruiting team

Dec 17, 2018

Has anyone received any communication of any kind from GS?

Dec 13, 2018

Negative. I'm anticipating this week.

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Nov 3, 2018

Received call from HCM EVP incharge of Global Compliance recruiting. Extended internship offer in DFW.

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Jan 26, 2019

Hey man, Congratulations!!! When did they call you?!?!

Nov 3, 2018

I am in Europe on vacation. I was called at around 8 pm Barcelona time.

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Jan 9, 2019

Congratulations!! I thought you interviewed with Operations and Compliance in Salt Lake City, per your previous post. Wow, lucky. When did they call you?

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Nov 3, 2018

Yes, I did. Had more phone interviews after that and changes were made.

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Feb 14, 2019

Just received the call, Operations in NY/NJ!

Feb 15, 2019

mission accomplished

Jan 26, 2019

Congratulations J tech!!!

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Jan 9, 2019

Anyone else received an offer? I am really anxious and nervous....still praying and hoping.

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Dec 17, 2018

Nothing as of yet. I'm anxious as well, especially since this is the 3rd week

Jan 9, 2019

Next week Wednesday makes it 3 weeks. And also seeing that some people are already getting calls makes me even more anxious...hope we hear something and congratulations to those who got offers.

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Dec 17, 2018

Has anyone received any offers yet?

Jan 7, 2019

Hey - I did receive an offer in NYC. Last Thursday.

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Dec 17, 2018

Congratulations!!! We're at the Wells Fargo Vet Lead Forum as well? I attended in Charlotte

Nov 3, 2018

Congratulations!!! What division?

Feb 19, 2019

Any more updates today? Anyone received a break up call/email with GS?

Jan 9, 2019

Nothing....still hoping that I will get a positive call vs. a break up call or email. I went ahead and emailed the recruiting team but I have not heard anything. Did anyone else you know who went to the Superday get an offer?

Feb 19, 2019

No, I haven't heard either way from the people I knew who interviewed. Only results I am privy to are the ones announced on this forum

Dec 13, 2018

Same here, nothing heard. I've got a few other friends in the same boat, so the only calls I've seen are the ones listed above.

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Feb 20, 2019

Got the call this afternoon for IBD in NYC. I started the day thinking that all the calls/emails were already out.

For everyone out there still waiting, don't give up hope! The HCM folks sounded busy on the other end. It's not over yet!

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Dec 14, 2018

Has anyone heard back from IMD?

Dec 17, 2018

Nothing at all!

Feb 19, 2019

Same here...haven't heard back

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Dec 17, 2018

So I guessing no news is bad news????