To get a job at Goldman Sachs, you’ve got to know your stuff (and the right alma mater doesn’t hurt, either). But financial knowledge alone isn’t enough to land you a gig at the firm which recently ranked No. 4 on Universum Global’s 2015 “World’s Most Attractive Employers” list.
Consider: Last year, Goldman hired 8,300 new employees out of 270,000 — a 3% success rate.
In order to make the cut, you’ll need to prove you have the skills, the experience, and the motivation to thrive — and you’ll also need to prove you’re a cultural fit. In other words: you’ll need to ace the interview.
We sifted through reports from Glassdoor to find some of the trickiest — and diciest — interview questions Goldman has to offer. Whether you’re applying to be a summer associate or a VP, here are a few questions to master before you walk in the door.
'If you were arrested for something that you believed wasn't wrong, what would you do?' -- Hedge fund analyst candidate
'If I asked one of your honest friends to tell me one good and bad thing about yourself, what would they say?' -- Research associate candidate
'Name a current issue in the news that will affect business at Goldman.' -- Analyst intern candidate
'Can you me about a time when you were in a team as a member, not a leader?' -- Corporate service and real estate candidate
'Suppose you had eight identical balls. One of them is slightly heavier and you are given a balance scale. What's the fewest number of times you have to use the scale to find the heavier ball?' -- Software engineering intern candidate
'What do you do if a client insist on making a trade or transaction that you know is not profitable for them in the long run, but it would benefit the bank?' -- Operations analyst candidate
'If you were asked to move this 30-plus story building across the Hudson River, what would you do?' -- Technology analyst candidate
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