21 of the trickiest questions you’ll have to answer if you want to work at Goldman Sachs

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Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein. REUTERS/ Pascal Lauener

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.

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title=”‘Can you me about a time when you were in a team as a member, not a leader?’ — Corporate service and real estate candidate”
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title=”‘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”
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