Building of Goldman SachsGoldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a global leader in the investment banking, securities and investment management field. Many Fortune 500 companies use the services of this company. Without a doubt, it’s a dream place of work for many people with background in investment banking or management. Well, they employ more than 30,000 people there, so definitely there’s some place for you also, as the fluctuation in this industry is quite high.

However, in order to have any chance of getting a job in the interview, you must pass several rounds, present yourself as an  exceptionally clever individual with great customer service skills and answer well all the famous Goldman Sachs interview questions. We can not help you with either your customer service and communication skills or with the level of your education and intelligence. However, we can give you a good idea about common interview questions used in this company. Knowing the questions before an interview, you can practice it and if nothing else, feel more relaxed in an interview.

To be very honest to you, before we have a look at the questions, you should realize what awaits you in Goldman Sachs.

The interviewing process consists of three phases – your job application, firs interview (with questions) and assessment centre.

While you can pretend to be an ideal employee for a job and utilize your selling skills, assessment centre is very tough and it’s nearly impossible to trick it. So once you get there, the only good advice I can give you is the following one: Always consider things from the point of view of revenues of Goldman Sachs.

I hope you get the point… On the top of that, Goldman Sachs was voted as the company giving the oddest interview questions on the planet. Companies like Google, Microsoft, or Goldman Sachs simply like to combine “normal”, job oriented interview questions with some odd questions – it’s their strategy. At the end of the day, they reach decent profit every year, so most likely they know what they are doing :). And now finally, to the questions.

List of common Goldman Sachs interview questions

  • What do you like the most about Goldman Sachs and what do you dislike the most about our company?
  • Who do you consider to be the best competitor of Goldman Sachs and why? Why should clients choose to co-operate with us and not with this competitor?
  • There are two deals but you can close just one of them. If the first one, you can close a short term contract with a client that will bring Goldman Sachs 1 million in revenue in one year time. The second contract is for longer co-operation, but only with $100,000 yearly turnaround. Which one deal would you choose and why?
  • What are the things happening on the stock market right now that you as a potential investment banker should be aware of or worried about?
  • Give us two examples where you led the team to the achievement of a difficult goal.
  • What do you consider the be the highest level of leadership in organization?
  • Tell us a story.
  • What motivates you the most in your job?
  • Describe what we do in this division of Goldman Sachs.
  • How did the US market do last year?
  • Give me an example of a situation where you were outside of your control zone. What did you do?
  • If I give you $10,000 to invest right now, where would you invest it?
  • Why should we hire you and not any of the other 1000 applicants who applied for this role?

These are just some of the questions used to interview candidates at Goldman Sachs. If you hang on there and are invited for the assessment centre, prepare for a four hour long session full of tests and strange exercises. Try to be yourself and always ask yourself the magical question: What will be good, from a point of view of Goldman Sachs revenue?

Once you carry in your mind this thought and really think about it often, you will most likely choose the right answers in the tests, doesn’t matter if we speak about psychometric or competency test. We wish you good luck in your interview.
PS: You can have a look also at finance interview questions or investment banking interview questions.