To have any chance of getting a job with Goldman Sachs, you have to pass several rounds of interviews, answering screening, behavioral and technical (job-specific) questions, and you have to cope with a couple of personality tests.
Typically they will interview you over the phone (a few screening questions, just to learn something about your communication skills, experience, motivation and personality), and then (if you pass the phone interview) they will invite you for an assessment center (that consists in behavioral and technical questions, and the tests).
Let’s have a look at the questions you can expect:
List of common questions
- What do you like the most about Goldman Sachs, and what do you dislike the most about our company?
- Who are our main competitors? Why should clients decid to co-operate with us, and not with them?
- You have to choose from two contracts you can sign with a client. The first one is a short term contract that will bring Goldman Sachs 1 million in revenue in one year time. The second contract is for a long co-operation, but it will bring us only $100,000 each year. Which deal would you choose, and why?
- What worries you the most right now when you look at the stock market?
- Describe a situation when you achieved a goal, and a situation when you had a goal, but failed to achieve it.
- What do you consider the highest level of leadership in an organization?
- Tell us a story.
- What motivates you the most in work?
- Try to describe what we do in this division of Goldman Sachs.
- Give us an example of a situation where you were outside of your comfort zone.
- If I give you $10,000 to invest right now, how would you invest the money?
- Why should we hire you, and not one of the other 100 job applicants who applied for this role?
- Describe a conflict you had with a colleague in the past. How did you solve the conflict?
- Describe a time when you went above and beyond with your customer service.
How to prepare for the questions and the tests
The best way to prepare for the technical questions, and the personality tests, is having the right mindset, and knowing a lot about Goldman Sachs. Spend time researching about the company, learn more about their goals and values, their clients, the working environment.
Try to create a connection with the company, in your mind. Such a mindset will help you to come up with good answers to any technical question, becasue the technical question can vary a lot from one interview to another.
Behavioral and screening questions are more straightforward, and you can prepare a good answer for them in advance. Check our interview success package for answers to thirty most common behavioral and screening interview questions. Alternatively you can check one of the following articles: