What is a Goldman Sachs Superday like?

Anyone will to share their experience of a Goldman Sachs Superday specifically for IBD.
How many interviews is it usually? Is it more behavioral or technical?

Thanks in advance

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Jul 26, 2018

Buckle up

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Jul 26, 2018

bump ^^^

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Jul 26, 2018

Every intern takes turns wrestling a shirtless Lloyd Blankfein in a kiddie pool full of mud and those who can pin him get offers.

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Aug 2, 2018

This is false

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Aug 2, 2018

Dang, he got me.

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Jul 26, 2018

Heard they're adding a DJ performance evaluation stage. Bring your best mixes

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Jul 26, 2018

Just magical!

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Aug 2, 2018

Goldman IBD superdays (regardless of where you interview, if in the US) always consist of 3 2 on 1 interviews - they are actually shorter than a lot of other banks' superdays - should be done in 1.5 - 2 hours. It will be a mix of behavioral and technical, with more technical questions thrown at interviewers with prior banking / hardcore finance internships on their resume. That being said, the behavioral aspect is super important as GS has a distinct no-superstars / teamwork oriented culture. Be prepared for them to dig into all of your answers, and best of luck with the Lloyd wrestling part - that man can be crafty in the pit.

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Aug 2, 2018

Can you elaborate on what you mean by "no-superstars?" I imagine you're getting at how GS wants people who aren't know-it-alls and are open to learning and can accept their place at the bottom of the ladder as interns, is that what you're getting at?

Aug 2, 2018

Actually less about "accepting your place at the bottom of the ladder" and more about just being a good team member. GS is a place that leverages its resources really really well - generally if you don't know the answer to a question that's finance related and you're in an industry group, you're not googling - you're reaching out to the product team member that will have encountered that problem many times. This happens at both the junior and senior levels, where you'll have a ton of different bankers coming together with different experience from running different kinds of deals. Playing well with your co-workers and not trying to outshine them goes a long way towards creating what ends up being some of the most well-prepared presentations for clients on the street (in my opinion, as a former GS banker and then someone who has sat in on banking presentations from the buy-side).

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Aug 2, 2018

Appreciate the insight! Isn't this a catch-22 though? GS doesn't want the people who outshine their peers, yet they almost exclusively hire from top-targets those exact people who outshine all of their peers?

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Aug 2, 2018

Think golden state warriors. Everyone's a superstar

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Aug 2, 2018

Lol.

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Aug 3, 2018
investorstudent:

Actually less about "accepting your place at the bottom of the ladder" and more about just being a good team member. GS is a place that leverages its resources really really well - generally if you don't know the answer to a question that's finance related and you're in an industry group, you're not googling - you're reaching out to the product team member that will have encountered that problem many times. This happens at both the junior and senior levels, where you'll have a ton of different bankers coming together with different experience from running different kinds of deals. Playing well with your co-workers and not trying to outshine them goes a long way towards creating what ends up being some of the most well-prepared presentations for clients on the street (in my opinion, as a former GS banker and then someone who has sat in on banking presentations from the buy-side).

As an ex-GS employee, I agree with this. GS wants smart but humble. Gunners or people who are viewed as over the top aggressive don't get offers.

Aug 2, 2018

This is exactly how it was done when I had a superday in another group. You have 3 interviews, and each one is with two different employees. Each set of interviewers treats you differently, and tries to test you in different ways. Some are more friendly, while others appear stoic. Each interview is approx. 20 minutes.

Before the interview started, all of the applicants sat in a big room and chatted. Then a couple of employees came in just to kind of "shoot the breeze" and answer a few questions.

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Aug 4, 2018

i worked there as well. we got a break with lloyd; solomon has several inches and probably 50+ pounds on him. can foresee the median height / weight of analyst classes inching higher.

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Aug 11, 2018

how do you get an invite to a superday? I'm a rising sophomore at a business school and havennt heard much of how people get to superday

Aug 11, 2018

how do you get an invite to a superday? is it open to everyone? are there limited spots? or do you have to network into it?

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Aug 2, 2018

I got 6 interviews. Back to back with only 5-10 min breaks in between (not really cause most interviews went over time). Mixed technicals and behaviorals, I would say around 40/60, and some brainteasers.

Aug 3, 2018

For at division was this?

Aug 5, 2018

How long does it usually take to hear back from a Goldman Superday

Aug 6, 2018

I heard back same day.

Aug 6, 2018

I had mine on a friday, just got a response from HR saying 1-2 weeks

Aug 6, 2018

Were you NYC IBD?

Aug 6, 2018

When did you interview?

Aug 6, 2018

I was NYC IBD Classic. Interviewed early in May.

Aug 6, 2018

this 3 rounds of 2-on-1 interviews with various types of employees is standard across the street....i've done this with 3 banks...all were like this.

Aug 6, 2018

Yep usually 3 rounds and surprisingly not super technical. They just like to dig deep on how you think with unconventional fit questions.

Aug 6, 2018

can you please elaborate on unconventional fit questions?

Aug 8, 2018

Bump. Examples would be very helpful for recruitment in general

Aug 10, 2018

I had the 3 2-1 interviews as people have explained. Although one person liked me for his group so had another 6 1-1 interviews with people on that team. The superday interviews were more technical, the group interviews were more behavioral.

Granted this was in 2013, but I know some groups still work this way.

Aug 11, 2018

I had three and it was mostly fit-based. There was some shit HCM had prepped but the guys obviously were just more interested in having a conversation than anything else so they were pretty low-key. I didn't get any technicals at all, just some high level questions on valuation and what banking is about. Was one of the more enjoyable superdays actually. Pretty short and chill, they put you up at the Conrad which is dope. Heard back next morning from the recruiter and they sent the letter later that day over the portal.

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Aug 11, 2018

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