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Goldman Sachs Vice President Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 09, 2014
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Tokyo (Japan)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in November 2010.

Interview Details You will be interviewed by at least 10 people. They don't all need to agree but should. If they do offer you it means you are viewed as "in" the team.

Interview Question – What is your core competency...if you were to do any job, what would it be? ( and don't simply say the job you are applying for...)   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I declined it at first but accepted it after we clarified the position and expectations further. Be prepared to walk away if you don't get that "hell yeah!" Feeling in your gut.

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Vice President
Bangalore (India)

I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in October 2012.

Interview Details Very Lenghty, take time to communicate, 1st interview happened in a week via telecon, the next one took more than a month, and then still longer

Interview Question – I would not say anything was difficult, it was more in communication and constant followup with HR is what takes toll   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I had joined elsewhere

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Vice President

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

Interview Details Hiring at GS is a very lengthy process for laterals. This begins with a call from the recruiter who judges your communications to see if he / she can even present you to the hiring Manager. Once you pass this barrier – mostly not a correct barrier as the recruiter is ill equipped to assess a senior member, you are presented to the hiring manager. The hiring manager is still awaiting budget approvals – but will proceed with the interview any ways as he is just fishing for good talent without a position in mind. If the budget comes through – there will be 20 more rounds where everyone who is even remotely connected to your department will want to speak to you and provide an opinion.

Interview Question – Interview is purly based on luck - there is no evaluation of true talent.   Answer Question

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I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

Interview Details Be prepared for 10+ interviews

Interview Question – In my case, nothing too difficult or unexpected. Be prepared to discuss previous experiences in an insightful manner.   Answer Question

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Vice President

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Interview Details Met with 10 people, either live, VC, or phone

Interview Question – When in your life have you works the hardest?   Answer Question

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Vice President
New York, NY (US)

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in December 2012.

Interview Details Called by HR person about a week after submitting resume. Interview was with hiring manager and managing director. Basic questions about background etc. Questions related to position and why I wanted to work with GS. Called back in about 3 days from HR person that they selected another person.

Interview Question – Why did I want to work with GS (it's obvious why but having a legit reason is harder).   View Answer

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Vice President
New York, NY (US)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in November 2011.

Interview Details Had 17 interviews for a specific role, only to be told that the role was no longer available. They considered me for another position and I had an additional 5 interviews. Of the 22 interviews, 3 were with Partner MDs. Overall, was a long and grueling interview process spanning 3+ months. Most of the interview questions were behavioral, with a few technical questions.

Interview Question – Most of the interview questions were behavioral and meant to learn more about my past experience. Several questions were technical.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Worked with a recruiter, so that helped with the negotiation phase.

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Vice President
New York, NY (US)

Interviewed at Goldman Sachs

Interview Details Extremely extensive interview process - took 5 months. Had ~20 interviews (about 4 per day over more than 5 visits). The firm wants complete consensus on your hiring to make sure you can fit into many roles seamlessly. Unlike other firms that keep you in the same job, the goal here is to move you around every few years so you become incredibly well rounded and well versed in the workings of the overall firm.
Background checks are extremely thorough. As a hiring Manager, I once had HCM (HR) reject a candidate I hired because their resume was 0.1 points off from their actual GPA (even though they had been out of school for years). Make sure your information is extremely accurate of you will have your offer rescinded.

Interview Question – Nothing stands out - each interview was simply a chance to get to know you. No cases or pretentious questions - all interviewers were extremely friendly and welcoming.   Answer Question

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Vice President
Bangalore (India)

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in January 2008.

Interview Details About 8-10 rounds.
For tech division, the interviews can be quite technical. Expect about 4-5 rounds of tech, problem solving, team mgmt experience, fit rounds. Communication skills are closely monitored as it is a consensus driven organisation and there are a lot of calls to attend.

Interview Question – There is no one difficult question. At junior tech levels, the interviews can go into details of core java, c++ or whichever language you've specified.   Answer Question

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Vice President

Interviewed at Goldman Sachs

Interview Details Resumes are only meant to get an interivew. Focus on related experience, where you've added value beyond what was asked of you, and ensure no gaps in your CV. Interviews focus half on fit/culture and half on relevant experience and skillset. You must show you will fit into our culture or you will not be successful.

Interview Question – Explain in detail why someone wouldn't hire you.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There are no negotiations with Goldman.

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