Goldman Sachs Interviews: real life question

Goldman Sachs is known as one of the reference firms to work for in the financial services industry. Jobs there are coveted by those in the industry, as well as those wishing to make a start. Even though Goldman Sachs is clearly able to attract many qualified candidates, the company is still dedicated to improving its recruiting efforts. The financial services behemoth recently launched a new career website. This site is complete with seventy employee profiles. Goldman Sachs indicated these profiles are meant to help candidates become familiar with different units within the firm. This is probably a wise idea for any Goldman Sachs job candidate. The interview process at Goldman Sachs is known to be one of the most extensive. No doubt candidates need to know the units of Goldman Sachs cold, along with every detail of their resume, and have a great deal of knowledge of the financial services industry.

Goldman Sachs job candidates are known to be put through more than a dozen intensive interviews, with the process lasting for months. Those who review Goldman Sachs new website will get some helpful interview tips in the form of real questions that have been asked by Goldman interviewers. These are posted in some of the employee profiles. Some of the questions are real whoppers, the type that leave candidates stammering. Here are some examples:

When in life would you be satisfied? (great one)

What are your greatest weaknesses? (Everyone loves this question)

Predict whether the US stock markets will open up or down in the next 30 minutes. (Better be on your toes)

Estimate the value of the tie industry in the UK. (method more important than the figure)

What are your best skills? Why would they be applicable? (Not to bad)

Discuss a deal you have read about recently. (Better keep up with the WSJ/FT)

Who is the most famous and influential person you would like to meet and why? (Someone successful in finance)

“I wrote a thesis in my senior year about the mathematics of knots. One of my interviewers, seeing this on my resume, asked me a very difficult question about the co-homology of knot groups.” (be consistent)

Why Goldman Sachs? (This one should be easy)

When you heat a sausage in the microwave, the tear is always lengthwise. Why is that? (Hmmm)

How could you set up a recursive function so that a really smart language / compiler could evaluate the function and never run out of memory? (Wow)

This is helpful information for anyone intent on interviewing with Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan or similar bulge bracket firms. Candidates should take note. One Goldman employee went through eighteen interviews before being offered the job. Another had a nine month interview process. That takes some serious endurance. In such a race, it’s best to be as prepared as possible.

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