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Goldman Sachs Summer employee interview

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Abhijeet KrishnanFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology for Summer employee role at Goldman Sachs
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
1 Hours
No. of Questions
1 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Coding Question
Interview Experience
There was a single coding question presented on the HackerRank platform. It was an algorithmic puzzle, where we had to code up a solution which passed the given test cases. Credit was given to solutions which passed the maximum test cases, but also which were readable and modularized.
Interview Tips
Solve questions on online judge platforms like Codechef or HackerRank.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: How would you code a linked list? Show the code
  • Question 2: How would you design an elevator system for a building?
Interview Experience
The above questions were asked. I answered. The interviewer was helpful, and was discussing with me as well.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: What is the difference between OOP and procedural programming?
  • Question 2: When would Java be used over C/C++?
Interview Experience
Questions were asked, I answered. The interviewer was a bit more strict here, and caught minor errors in terminology, but it was comfortable overall.
Round 4

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Given 10 balls which weigh the same, except for one, and a beam balance, what is the minimum number of weighs to find the odd ball?
  • Question 2: Given an island in the center of a lake, and you are standing outside the lake, how would you reach the center?
Interview Experience
The interviewer asked a series of logic puzzles. Some were open ended, and prompted a lot of discussion with the interviewer.
Round 5

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Describe a time when you made a suggestion in a group and had it implemented
  • Question 2: Describe a time when you had to motivate people to work on something
Interview Experience
Very standard HR questions were asked
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Coding Skills And Knowledge On Data Structures
  • Solving Logic Puzzles
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Goldman Sachs Summer intern interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Summer intern role at Goldman Sachs in Sep, 2015
Interview Process
Test HR Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
1 Hours 45 Minutes
No. of Questions
25 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Verbal Ability
  • Section 2: Quantitative Reasoning
  • Section 3: Qualitative Reasoning
Interview Experience
The basics of English, Math and Alaytics was tested here through our ability to answer the mcq questions.
Round 2

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Talk about yourself
Interview Experience
Personal interview where information based on day to day life was asked.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: What does the company do?
Interview Experience
More questions were asked based on the CV and the Company
Round 4

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: What does investment banks do?
Interview Experience
More questions regarding the core area of the company was asked.
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Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs in Sep, 2016
Interview Process
Group Discussion HR Interview Technical Interview
Round 1

Group Discussion

Duration
30 Minutes
Group Discussion Topic
Changes in companies act 2013
Interview Experience
I had a good time. Got to know new and valuable additions to Companies Act
Round 2

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Why do you want to join GS?
Interview Experience
It was a great exchange, I really expressed my views and visions well.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Questions related to Internal Audit were asked
Interview Experience
I was complimented for being calm, confident and patient throughout the interview.
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Technical Knowledge(ML
  • Ability To Cope Up With Stress
  • Confidence
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Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs in Aug, 2016
Interview Process
Test Group Discussion HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
2 Hours
No. of Questions
45 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Aptitude
  • Section 2: Coding
Interview Experience
Aptitude questions which can be found on any website or book were asked which were pretty easy to solve if you have a little bit of practice.
One question related to data structures was asked.
Interview Tips
Go through basic programming concepts as well as aptitude type questions.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Duration
25 Minutes
Group Discussion Topic
Something I had no idea about
Interview Experience
It was a topic I had no clue about. I was sandwiched by two people who for some reason seemed like research scholars on that topic. I was quiet throughout most of the discussion. At the end, after simply listening to everyone, I tried to make a sound conclusion and ALAS! I got through the GD round.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
Most of the discussion was based on my activities which I had been part of in college.
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Goldman Sachs Operations analyst interview

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AnonymousFresherNot Selected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Operations analyst role at Goldman Sachs in Dec, 2016
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Group Discussion Technical + HR Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Round 2

Test

Duration
1 Hours 30 Minutes
Interview Experience
Aptitude test with three sections( Quants, Verbal and Logical )
Round 3

Group Discussion

Duration
30 Minutes
Group Discussion Topic
Demonetization- impacts
Interview Experience
We were split into teams. And had discussion for about 25 minutes. Each had to conclude separately in the last 5 minutes. Time management and Participation and listening to others were given extra points.
Round 4

Technical + HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Situation based and General Questions
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Analytical Skills
  • Problem Solving Abilties
  • Leadership Skills
  • Team Player
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Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs in Dec, 2016
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
3 Hours
No. of Questions
40 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Coding
  • Section 2: Aptitude
  • Section 3: Data science
Interview Experience
They had two rounds of test, one all objective and the other one all subjective. You had to clear a minimum cut off in the objective in order to get your subjective checked
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
CV grilling, no hr questions
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Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs in Dec, 2015
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview
Round 1

Test

Interview Experience
If you are good at problem solving it's easy to crack the written test
Interview Tips
Subjects better if you prefer to study from standard books and have a clear understanding of concepts
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Questions were from Algorithms and Probability(probability distribution and expectations etc.), mathematical aptitude
Interview Experience
If an interviewer is cool and very much interested to listen to you, then it's all about how easily you make him feel that you are the perfect candidate for them. Goldman Sachs interviewer are very cool and have a very good behavioral attitude. They are very interested to listen to you and at every moment they give you chance to prove yourself. It's up to you how you impress them
Interview Tips
Feel interview like a techie discussion with your friend. Whatever you are thinking about say it loudly so that interviewer can listen what you are thinking. Better if you make it a discussion
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Data Structures and Algorithms, Programming (language C/C++/JAVA, doesn't matter what language u know only they want to know how can u apply your concepts very well)
Interview Experience
Interviewer was very cool and very nice person
Round 4

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Question were related to projects mentioned in my resume. I felt in this round like previous rounds were too impressive that in this round they are likely to hire me
Interview Experience
Interviewer was very cool and very nice person
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Problem solving
  • Confidence
  • Truthfulness
Skill Tips
Before interview try to get cool. Get yourself away from the crowd, there shouldn't be any worries in your mind related to interview. More important believe on yourself that boosts your confidence.<br /> At the time of interview let the interview know your strength and the area in which you have mastery. Once interviewer gets into your domain then the day is yours.<br /> Note: Have strong faith on your skills. Because if you show your skills, it doesn't matter how worse is your CGPA, they will hire you. A guy with CGPA less than 5.5 can make it possible then why can't you!!<br /> For preparation always try to follow concepts from standard books. Never try to study from local authors.<br /> <br /> Confidence is also a major factor,Strongly Committed to face any kind of challenging problems and able to find some solution out of it. They test your approach of solving a particular question. Generally questions are tough.<br /> Truthfulness: Be honest if you already know the answer for question, do tell them. If you don't know much about some topic let them know because they never want to judge you on what you are not good. They will assess you only in the area you are comfortable with.
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen,
  • The Art of Computer Programming by Knuth (Only if you want in depth knowledge else don't try),
General Tips
Do what you love and Love what you do. That leaves no regrets and doubles your performance. Always be hopeful, never give up. Even if you have less CGPA (even 5.3 has also worked that were mine), be confident to give your best.
Motivation for applying
On one side Motivation comes from the Package offered by this company: Highest paying company along with Worldquant, Tower Research. I heard being a strats at Goldman Sachs is really tough task since they focus more on mathematical aptitude; probability, P&C etc. That motivates you to give your best efforts to see where do you stand in the world. <br />
Designing algorithms for solving challenging business problems is the job of strats, that's what attracted me more towards this company.
Funny Moments
(Round1)Interviewer: Why do you have consistent poor performance; 77%(10th), 67%(12th), 65%(B.E.), 5.3CGPA(M.Tech.)?<br />
Me: I don't study for marks, I study to learn the concepts and have feel of it. If I would have been wrong I wouldn't be here.<br />
(Round3)<br />
Interviewer: Introduce yourself !<br />
(I never tried to prepare for such interview questions but at that instant what came out from my mouth was surprising for me)<br />
Me: Sir, I am Praveen Jharbade, pursuing MTech in CSE from IIT Roorkee and I love numbers. I am a big fan of Srinivasa Ramanujan. If you will give me a series I can tell you the hidden patterns inside that series.<br />
(In the end Interviewer was in doubt if I was inclined towards research or working in Industry)<br />
Interviewer: Where do you want to see yourself in future; going for higher studies or in Industry?(Not exact question. I felt he meant to ask this)<br />
Me: Sir, if I would have told you that I love Cricket you wouldn't ask this question. Sir, I love numbers and in my spare time I used to play with numbers and series.<br />
Finally I would say 3 rounds taken by 3 different interviewer and I can say they are the awesome people and of course genius. I would say it would be my great pleasure to work under their supervision.
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Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs in Dec, 2016
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
They shortlist around 300 resume from whole batch for next round.
Interview Tips
Basically add your projects related to Machine Learning and coursework related to Math. GS is one of the companies which reviews resume carefully (At least I think so :P), reason being me selected even after a low CPI. Around 250 to 300 students were shortlisted from resume for second round.
GS is one of the rarest firms that will go through your resume thoroughly. Most important part is that GS is a firm you want to go for if you have a modest CPI and are genuinely interested in global markets.
They hire for Strats and Quants division. So highlight projects related to Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Techniques. Mathematical coursework and internship in related field could be elaborated too. Even students with no internship experience whatsoever were selected due to their background in Machine Learning related coursework.
I have a little or no idea about programming division as it revolves around networking and related projects.
Round 2

Test

Duration
2 Hours 15 Minutes
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Programming Related Questions
  • Section 2: Quant
  • Section 3: Data Sciences
Interview Experience
They started hosting test online on hackerrank. It includes three sections with equal weightage to each of them. You have 45 minutes for individual sections. There are three type of questions asked - MCQ (+10, -3), Fill in the blanks (Numbers upto 2 decimal places; +10, -0) and 2 coding questions in programming section (+20, -0).
Programming - 2 coding questions. Questions about networking, cache and DSA (postfix and prefix expression from stack related algorithms).
Quant - Cattle grazing the circular field tied from a pole at the corner of a rectangular shade with a rope. Some about practical probability problem of die throws. Other about matrices and determinant. Theoretical questions in probability covers a major portion in form of expected value, correlation and covariance calculations. This section had some integer type questions.
Data Sciences - MLT theory should be a stronghold. Particularly confusing theoretical questions. Some of them had 4 statements and then 4 options asking correct statements so you have to be good at multiple topics. Typical question include possible solution to account for missing input data and regularization among others.
Interview Tips
You have to be good at any two of the sections. Quant is quite competitive as the questions are easier and CSE guys can attempt these too from mathematical coursework on prob and stats. Typically whole batch is rooting for this profile because of lesser chance in CS related profile.
A little brushing up old DS notes won't hurt anyone. Specially tree, graphs (algorithms like Bellman Ford, Djikstra and Prim's algo), complexity of standard algorithms and postfix, prefix expression derivation will help a long way. Coding questions demand efficient solution, otherwise you won't be able to clear all test cases because of TLE.
For quant, Prob Stats and Linear Algebra course review is highly recommended. A little aptitude (CAT related although a lot higher standard than that) will help too.
In data sciences, ML lectures will help a lot as most part is theoretical which can be solved if you have your concepts strong. Gaussian distribution, Regularizer, PCA are some of the topics which were asked about.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Given coordinates of some points, find a figure that encompasses all of the points. The figure should have the least possible area and be formed by joining points using straight lines. Convex Hull.
  • Question 2: Good old standard problem: Playing number game with your friend to select any of the number between 1 to 3. Whoever reaches 20 first, wins. You have to tell the strategy to win the game. Basically, you start with your position at 20 and recursively think the problem to ensure that you end up at 16 (problem specific) before so that your friend ends up at any number between 17 to 19 and so on solve for 16.
Interview Experience
At first I couldn’t answer the convex hull related problem. 6:00 am and you are asking me convex optimization, you must be kidding, right!!! (although it is a standard problem which I came to know about a little later in canteen with my friends who told me that it was so easy and I had to tell that hell yeah! I passed it with flying colors 😛). Then he reverted back to a simpler problem, which I answered. He then reverted back to first problem which by then I was able to answer.
Interview Tips
Here comes the loads of interviews at 6:00 am. Around 5 to 6 interviews if you get lucky. Although lesser number doesn’t mean you are rejected. They try to find the best fit department for you. Be punctual guys. Believe me they are there on time. And get a good night’s sleep. I tried to sit in as many companies as possible. I had a test up till 2:00 am that night. I was sleepy head all the time (they were considerate and sympathized with me, worked in a positive way for telling hard working attitude) as I couldn’t get proper sleep and had to wake up at 5:35 am (1st December chills of Kanpur) to check interview schedule and rush to venue meanwhile tying knots and combing hair, putting some deodorant and assuring my mom that I have woken up and trying not to fake it at all.
Round 4

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: 2nd interviewer asked me a question on calculating variance, about gaussian distribution and something about my internship.
Interview Experience
They won’t let me go for other companies in between which is a good sign for anyone if they are calling you back again. If not, don’t sit there, try somewhere else because they won’t tell you till end to leave. If you really want to get an interview, try to get in touch with organizer guy from company’s side.
Interview Tips
As mentioned earlier, brush up the concepts from probability. Be well versed with your resume. It is important that you not fake it as they will see through it anyway (possibly 😛).
Round 5

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: 3rd were these really cool dudes who started of with a matrix problem where each element was sum of row^2 and e^column. Now I had to prove something about equality of sum of elements that I don’t clearly remember but ultimately he would drive the result to generalization of function of row and column numbers.
  • Question 2: The other one asked me a puzzle about two carts placed on a track with sensor below them. You can start cart with specific speed but afterwards you can control the motion only when cart passes sensor and when it leaves again you have no control over cart whatsoever. How to cause a collision between the two of them?
Interview Experience
They were quite helpful as I couldn’t quite articulate the problem properly. They helped me to get a hang of otherwise very simple problem (Talk to them all the time, they help you out a lot). They showed quite an interest in my low CPI (Prepare good and “genuine” reasons for it, they come really handy).
Interview Tips
Just go with the flow. If you happen to like their style act like you belong with them. Ask questions about their work and their division in company. Are they enjoying their work? What are the qualities they look for in potential candidates?
Round 6

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: 4th interviewers were really senior. They asked me about general stuff like my interns and interests. Then they asked me about Yelp dataset challenge and NLP featured in my AI project.
  • Question 2: They also asked some basic questions about libraries featured in Scikit (Python Library on Machine Learning Techniques)
  • Question 3: Finally they asked me about flash crash in stock market related to another project in intern.
Interview Experience
I had quite a good conversation with them as they seemed pretty convinced that I was interested in GS. They were quite fascinated by my “Interest” in finance and “Global Markets” 😛 (Please don’t fake it, instead try to make a habit out of it, works like a charm in every interview if you get good at it).
Interview Tips
Go through your internship work and projects step by step carefully. Recall each stuff like library specifically. This is not necessary but will imprint a positive impression in the mind of interviewers.
Round 7

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Row sorted and column sorted matrix problem of finding an element.
Interview Experience
Then came a senior from my department who was in my hall too, working at GS. He asked me if I had any interest left in Electrical (Apparently that was my department for the whole time which had no role whatsoever this whole time, even in eligibility where it was open for all). He was really cool and talking to me in campus lingo. After that he asked me a question in data structures to which I knew best approach but I chose to start from higher complexity. Then “clicked” the lower complexity solution which was not right. Finally I came to an approach using tree which was not the solution he wanted but he couldn’t find flaw in my solution.
Interview Tips
Revise queue, stacks, tree and graphs from DS and look for standard interview problems from gfg.
Starting from highest complexity then lower and then lower. I told him all possible solution except the lowest complexity in which I demanded some hint because I “couldn’t think of any possible solution”. He helped me out and finally I told the solution starting from bottom left instead of top right (Acting recommended only for experts, don’t try if you are not 100% sure that you can fake it 😛).
Round 8

HR Interview

Interview Experience
Bonus Round.
Told me that they were "interested" in my application, impressed by my performance so far and would like to "meet" me soon.
Interview Tips
Don't know what to say. Appeared to him and gave him an "honest" answer if I am going to appear for other interviews at Cap One (Analyst), J.P. Morgan (Quantitative Analyst) and Headout (Software Engineer).
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Interest In The Job
  • Probability Concepts
  • Data Science
  • NLP
  • Finance Current Affairs
  • Project And Internship
  • Data Structures
  • Algorithm
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Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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Srijith RajagopalanFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs in Dec, 2016
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
The resume shortlist, I feel, was slightly unfair. They had put a cut-off of 9 for branches outside EE/CS.
Interview Tips
Don't worry, they might not follow this next year. Your resume should have a mix of probability, finance (courses on these are enough, though internships will really help)

They don't care about your PoRs in the interview, but this may matter for the resume shortlist (Assuming it's done fairly) So be sure to include them.
Round 2

Test

Duration
2 Hours 15 Minutes
No. of Questions
30 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Coding
  • Section 2: Quant
  • Section 3: Machine Learning
Interview Experience
There were 30 MCQ questions, 10 each on the above mentioned sections. There is no dearth of time, so you can think clearly and solve the question. I found that quant was the hardest of the lot, followed by coding followed by ML.

ML questions will be on SVMs, ANNs, Ensemble learning methods, Hypothesis testing, Feature selection, Model selection etc. the standard topics you can find in "Elements of Statistical Learning" by Hastie, Tibshirani and Friedman.

The coding section was mostly on arrays, data structures (binary tree, mostly), recursion, and one subjective question.

For quant, you need to be really well versed in probability, definite integrals (Not kidding), and other JEE math.
Interview Tips
You'll need to do really well in atleast one of the sections to be shortlisted. Even if you are non CS/EE, (assuming you don't have experience in coding) you can do really well in ML section. Aim for that and prepare in advance. Once you are through to the interview, you just need to give them a reason to hire you. :)
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell me about yourself?
  • Question 2: Given a biased coin, how do you create an unbiased toss?
  • Question 3: Once you have done that, what is the expected number of turns you need to wait for getting the first unbiased toss.
  • Question 4: Suppose a man starts at 0, and has to go to 20 on the number line. He can either move in steps of 1 or 2. How many number of ways can he do this? Extending this, if we know the number of ways for going from 0 to n, how do we get the number of ways for going from 0 to n+1? Derive a recursive formula for the same.
Interview Experience
The lady who interviewed me was a chemE graduate from IIT Bombay. She was friendly and willing to help when asked about a problem. Overall, very good interview experience.
Interview Tips
For all interviews, I'll say this. Ask a lot of questions. They are very interested in explaining what they do, and feel free to interrupt them if you don't understand something. Always try to relate what they say to your interest. That way you'll bring new perspective into the interview. And that's very useful, believe me. If they have shortlisted you, they want to hire you. You just have to give them a reason to. Always relate your experiences and your interests with what they do. if you do that, they will find a role for you, somewhere. Do not worry. I was interested in machine learning and I got a finance profile. (They have a team in that profile that does ML)

For quant questions, I would suggest thinking out loud and interacting each step of the way. They care more about your thinking than about the answer. They will point out the errors and you can correct them. Don't worry about silences, as long as you think out loud, it will not be a problem.
Round 4

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Have you applied to any PhD programs?
  • Question 2: Given a number line, and we have a rod of length L. We drop the rod on the line, what is the probability that it covers an integer?
  • Question 3: Suppose there are N chocolates, and I pick a random one, and eat that chocolate and also everything to the right of it. I then continue this process with the remaining. How many ways are there to do this?
  • Question 4: Supposed there is a party, with 9 people, each person wants to give gifts to 3 people and also wants a gift from them. Is this scenario possible? If not, when is this possible? Give me a general case.
  • Question 5: Given a tank with liquid, and there are flows in and out, inflow is U and outflow is Kx, where x is current height of liquid in tank, all needed quantities given, what are the conditions for overflow and steady state? (Asked me because I was a chemE and felt that my knowledge shouldn't be wasted. Funny.)
  • Question 6: What are your interests? (Be careful, align the interests to their profile)
Interview Experience
Again, very friendly interview. The interviewer will lead you on, and assist you if you're facing any difficulty. :) Just be sure to be jovial and interactive.
Interview Tips
Same as above.
Round 5

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Given there are 2 kinds of coins spread all over the world, and we start picking coins, what is the expected number of coins to pick, to have both kinds of coins in hand?
  • Question 2: Given a window of 1 hour, and two friends want to meet, given that the arrival time follows a uniform distribution, what is the probability that they will arrive within ten minutes of one another.
  • Question 3: Grilled me about my internship, (time series modeling) went in depth about why I did this, that, etc. If you have a time series or ML project, they will grill you on it.
  • Question 4: Given we have a (un)biased die, with given probabilities, and we toss it till we get a sum of 100 or more (basically if the sum crosses 100), and we stop. What is the most probable number you will get on the last toss? (The answer is not the highest biased die probability)
Interview Experience
Very technical, serious interview. I think he was the senior guy. He still helped out a lot.
Interview Tips
Be to the point, he was more interested in the technical knowledge.
Round 6

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: What do you think our team does. (I gathered this information by asking a lot of questions from other interviewers. It helps a lot)
  • Question 2: What do you know about options?
  • Question 3: What is a call option? Why are call options bought?
  • Question 4: If I have to buy fuel from you, what option would I buy?
  • Question 5: If we increase the volatility of the stock, how does the price of a call option change?
  • Question 6: How do you calculate the price of a call option?
  • Question 7: Is the price of a barrier option more or less than a normal option?
  • Question 8: Do you have any questions?
Interview Experience
The final interview I had. He was very helpful, and was very eager to talk about the company and what they do. He had an extensive knowledge of finance, options (obviously). The course on Mathematical Finance by the maths department was very useful. You need to have a good knowledge of options for getting through this.
Interview Tips
Same as the first interview.
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Quant+Math
  • Problem Solving Abilties
  • Probabiity
  • Internship Experience
  • Finance
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Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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Piyush SinglaFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs in Dec, 2016
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Technical Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
For CSE and EE students , CPI was not at all seem to be a criteria for shortlisting and almost all who have a decent profile got shortlisted for the test. However, for other department students they shortlisted above 9 CPI students.
Round 2

Test

Duration
2 Hours
Interview Experience
It was a 2 hour test. It consisted of 3 sections-Quant , Machine Learning and Computer Science . Each section had 10 questions and 45 minutes were allotted for each section.
Being from non-CSE background I attempted only 2 sections ie. Quant and Machine Learning. Machine Learning section was fairly easy this time and almost all questions were standard. If someone has done an introductory course on Machine Learning and basic stats , this section was a cake walk for him. However , attempting quant section required some preparation of solving probability puzzles (computing expectations etc.) ,basic linear algebra and geometry base questions.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
I had 2 rounds of interview. Both were technical ones.
In the first interview , they asked some probability puzzles (from 50 challenging problems in probability book) . Since I had completed that book before , I was able to solve them . Then they asked 1-2 algorithm based questions like formulate an efficient algorithm for solving a particular problem. I was not able to solve them completely but tried to give them the overview of y approach. The interviewer didn't seem to be satisfied though. It lasted for around 20-25 minutes.He told me to wait outside . To my surprise, I was called for the 2nd round.
The second went better than the first round. They again asked questions on computing probability , expectations , constructing a Markov Chain for a a given problem etc. Since I had done 1 course in Fiance also , he asked me questions from it also which were quite easy. Then he began asking algorithms and asked me to explain a sorting algorithm and I chose Quick Sort. While explaining it , I got struck at one point but the interviewer was helping me by giving hints and I was able to explain it fully. The second round was quite exhaustive as it went on for around 45-60 minutes.
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Problem Solving Abilties
  • Mathematical Aptitude
  • Algorithmic Approach To Problem Solving
  • Machine Learning
  • Statistical Method Basics
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