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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
1 Hours 35 Minutes
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Computer Science (Algorithms)
  • Section 2: Probability & Statistics
  • Section 3: Data Science
Interview Experience
Each section had 10 questions, 100 marks, with 45min duration for each. It consisted of Multiple Choice (+10, -3), Fill in the Blanks type(+10,0), and a coding question (+20).
Platform was HackerRank. You had to do good in atleast 2 sections
Interview Tips
CS: DSA, Graph Theory, Time Complexity
Quant: Probability, Probability, Probability.
Machine Learning: Ensemble Methods, Bagging, Boosting, Decision Trees, etc. You need to know the concepts. No mathematical formulation or equations were asked
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
First of all, the GS panelists were really nice, kind and helpful. They provide with several hints, given you are sincere and have that attitude of solving the problem.
There were 6 technical rounds in all, with different teams of GS.
3 rounds consisted of questions from Probability, Expectation, Markov process, etc.
1 round for algorithm puzzles.
1 round for strategy puzzles.
1 round for Finance (discussed on derivatives, call options, etc.)
Interview Tips
Be thorough with the basics. Don't beat around the bush. Given a problem, discuss the solution first and then go about doing it.
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Probability And Statistics
  • Algorithm
  • Knowledge Of Your Resume Points
  • Aptitude
  • Finance Basics
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Goldman Sachs Quant analyst interview

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

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
Mostly CS and Elec guys were selected with CGPA>8. For other departments they should have CGPA>9
Round 2

Test

Duration
1 Hours 30 Minutes
Interview Experience
There were 3 sections.
1) Coding
2) Quant
3) Machine Learning

Prep material:
1) CSE Blog probability section is a must..
2) 50 questions, 40 questions is probabilty
3) gurmeet pzzles
4) geeks4geeks and creacking coding interview for algo

My prep material:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByKxHuncAN4HcENlWFJubUN1LWc
Interview Tips
Remember, you only have to do 1 or 2 section well. These sections are individually timed. So if you dont like ML and you want to spend more time in quant then, see the question in quant section, go to the ML section and solve it there, again come back to quant and mark the answer.

SO DONT FORGET TO SWITCH BETWEEN THE SECTIONS.

I'm sharing you a doc, which contains all the test questions asked by different companies (including goldman sachs) in different IITs. Just search "Goldman Sachs" in the doc and you'll find all the questions of the test. :)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1w9-k8LZFc_U7iEu1MEvfVN8fi_oR5b7uKIl8WGrY240/edit
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
There are different teams of GS that visit the campus. Based on your performance of the test, you're shortlisted for different teams.
Interview Tips
1) Stay calm
2) questions asked in interview are not difficult
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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
Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical + HR Interview
Round 1

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: What is the expected number of tosses of a fair coin to get 3 consecutive heads?
  • Question 2: There is an urn with n red balls and 1 black ball in it. You and your friend play a game where you take turns drawing from the urn. The player who draws the black ball first wins. Should you go first or second?
  • Question 3: You roll a die until the sum of all die rolls becomes at least 100. What is the most likely value of the last roll?
Interview Experience
Puzzles, probability questions
Interview Tips
Brush up on probability problems
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
Questions on resume, especially interns.
Interview Tips
Know your resume inside out.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: You have an n x n matrix in which all the rows and all the columns are sorted. Given an input number, describe an algorithm to search for the number in the matrix.
  • Question 2: Given two arrays of size n each, describe an algorithm to find the largest common subarray of the two arrays.
Interview Experience
Puzzles, algorithm questions
Interview Tips
Learn algorithms from geeksforgeeks
Round 4

Technical + HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Why do you want to join Goldman Sachs?
  • Question 2: Walk me through your resume
  • Question 3: There is a 2D plane with infinite parallel, vertical lines with a spacing of 1 unit between them. You drop a rod of length L randomly on the plane, with random position and orientation. What is the probability that the rod intersects a line?
Interview Tips
Be familiar with your resume, prepare for generic HR questions
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Algorithm
  • Probability And Statistics
  • Knowledge Of Your Resume Points
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Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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Raaz DwivediFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Group Discussion HR Interview Summary Puzzle Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
A Good Resume is the one with a clear message in one glance. One usually doesn't have much time go through the specifics. Also, most of the resumes look more or less the same if you start reading thoroughly. So what distinguishes you is how much you can convey to a third person in one glance. However a crucial point that one needs to keep in mind is - The third person may be an IITian or may be not. So your resume needs to be optimally elaborate and detailed. Good at glance and not boring with details.
Round 2

Test

Interview Experience
Various tests aim at identifying different skill sets. And each skill set testing needs different approach and different preparation material and style. Also, not all tests are actually looking for excellent performers. So sometimes you might be surprised to see not so good performers being preferred over the best ones.
Interview Tips
Keep calm during all tests. No need to panic after seeing unfavourable results. It's just the beginning of an entirely new world. For preparation, begin well in advance. Take as light load as possible in your placement semester. Talk to seniors and the placed ones about the preparation style for various skill sets. There are several great books on most of the skill set, and just like JEE if you spend quality time on a book on a particular skill set you are likely to do well. 



For your core jobs preparation, you need to revise your basic concepts and prepare specifically for various areas that you are mostly interested in. For example, in EE, you can have a look at various job roles - system designing, power systems, device and circuits, communication, computer vision and image processing etc, which companies have come in the past for what kind of roles. And what were there expectations from the candidates.
Round 3

Group Discussion

Interview Experience
I sat for only one GD that was for ITC. I did not prepare at all for it and relied mostly on my speaking cum shouting skills that I developed over the years, thanks to my fundae sessions and most importantly TAship sessions. I enjoyed the GD which was a problem statement on a guy's death with a brief description of the circumstances, and was asked to discuss who was guilty for the guy's death. I enjoyed the discussion, and found the problem pretty exciting, but only to find out later that it was a routine problem for GDs.
Interview Tips
My agenda was simple for the GD - I took it as yet another discussion session. Hearing others opinions and pointing out mine. Occasionally I also asked the quite ones to share their views. There are often several tricks that seniors tell the juniors - start early, take the lead, try to summarize, take everyone along etc etc. I like to put it this way - Don't speak non-sense, do speak some sense, let others speak, try to distinguish the sense and the non-sense from others views, and encourage the quite ones to speak a bit in order to have a sensible and wholesome group discussion. If you think you can lead, then lead. If you think you might want others opinions to kick start your thought process, then wait for some points from others. So basically do what seems sensible to you, but do something!
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Walk me through your resume
  • Question 2: Did you prepare for financial job?
  • Question 3: Did you develop some understanding by reading up about finance?
  • Question 4: Tell me about your interests (beyond resume) and skills.
  • Question 5: Why Worldquant?
  • Question 6: Clarification about what CPI stands(Is it the same as Grade Point Average?)
  • Question 7: Interest in further studies
Interview Experience
All the questions that I was asked, I have already put up at my blog raazdwivedi.blogspot.in 



And I am in no mood to repeat them here by classifying. I would summarize some key points in the tips section.
Interview Tips
Before I forget, usually at the end of interviews, the interviewers ask you if you have some questions about them, be prepared with some questions which can be like - what do you usually look for in a good candidate, what is the work culture at the company, the career path of the individual in the company or otherwise etc etc. You can google things, or you can be innovative. Innovation might pay off very well or it may just kill your chances. But that's life - more risk, more reward.



And another point, some of your interviews might be telephonic - in such cases, many more factors come into picture  which might spoil the mood of the interview ( I would let you to think about the possible glitches that you might have because of this technological advancement). But as usual, I would advice you to keep calm and just give your best. 



Puzzles Interview: Prepare from the standard blogs and books, like cseblog and heard on the wall street. Ask seniors about the trending books. For the interview, do what is asked of you. Try to solve the problem. If you have already soled the proble, try to outline the steps and the solution, but don't be over or under excited any time. Sometimes the interviewer might be curious about the steps, and about your thought process. He might be looking for how many different ways you can think of attacking the same problem (At times they give a wrong problem just to check that!). However at times, you might not be that lucky and the person in front of you might value only accuracy and speed - that makes the task tougher - you have to be quick and you have to be correct, I would suggest you to trying being accurate, even if the guy in front of you is checking your patience by bugging you about your speed. In all cases, keep your calm.



HR Interview:Technically, I didn't give an HR interview (at least I don't think I gave one!) but standard preparation includes questions of the sort - walk me through your resume, tell me about yourself, tell me about yourself BEYOND the resume (meaning what is not covered in the resume), strengths and weaknesses, your learning experience, capabilities as an individual, team player and team leader, some illustrations of them, why the XYZ role in ABC company probably over DEF company, why not higher education, why a job of this pay scale, your expectations of the firm etc







Case Studies and Guesstimate:The only thing that I can think about such interviews (I had only one and I didn't do very well) - during some stage of preparation preferably 60-70% of it, prepare and discuss in groups, work many problems, and learn from your mistakes. As usual try to value the thought process than the answers only!
Round 5

Summary

Interview Tips
There are many things that I would like to convey to the students regarding the placement process.On the preparation side, one must give his best - visit websites, read blogs, attend presentations and various related sessions, ask seniors who have been placed, talk to anyone who you think can provide some help. These practices will give you enormous data - and your job is to filter and use it wisely, at your own discretion. Read relevant material from books and internet, practice problems and tests, do mock interviews and GDs with your friends, prepare your resume well - in short - do what is to be done. Depending on job pro files that you target, the preparation keeps varying, ask around and work hard.



With that being said, I would like to say that placement is not simply about merit - independent of whether you appreciate this fact or not. Various companies value compatibility over the merit of the student (which is quite logical thing to do!) and sometimes you may under-qualify and sometimes over-qualify on those standards - and rarely will you be just at an optimal level. Consequently, many results(in fact most, to be even more precise all except one) will not go in your favour - either accept them or challenge them (if you think you have been denied of something that you truly deserve) but never lose your heart - this is simply a welcome song to the real world. In the long run, this short and (most likely a difficult and) tough experience will prove to be one of the most memorable and a great learning experience.



In a nut shell "Keep Calm and Give your Best! - Karm karte raho, fal ki chinta mat karo."
Round 6

Puzzle Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: A question on game theory with no nash equilibrium (the game was not presented in such a manner; I formulated it as 2 by 2 matrix game with 2 players).
  • Question 2: A question on a calculator with 10 functions exp, square, sin, cos, tan and their inverses. Convert 0 to 1 to 2 to 3 to -3.
Interview Tips
Prepare from the standard blogs and books, like cseblog and heard on the wall street. Ask seniors about the trending books. For the interview, do what is asked of you. Try to solve the problem. If you have already solved the problem, try to outline the steps and the solution, but don't be over or under excited any time. Sometimes the interviewer might be curious about the steps, and about your thought process. He might be looking for how many different ways you can think of attacking the same problem (At times they give a wrong problem just to check that!). However at times, you might not be that lucky and the person in front of you might value only accuracy and speed - that makes the task tougher - you have to be quick and you have to be correct, I would suggest you to trying being accurate, even if the guy in front of you is checking your patience by bugging you about your speed. In all cases, keep your calm.
Skills

Skills Tested

    General Tips
    There are many things that I would like to convey to the students regarding the placement process.On the preparation side, one must give his best - visit websites, read blogs, attend presentations and various related sessions, ask seniors who have been placed, talk to anyone who you think can provide some help. These practices will give you enormous data - and your job is to filter and use it wisely, at your own discretion. Read relevant material from books and internet, practice problems and tests, do mock interviews and GDs with your friends, prepare your resume well - in short - do what is to be done. Depending on job pro files that you target, the preparation keeps varying, ask around and work hard.<br />
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    With that being said, I would like to say that placement is not simply about merit - independent of whether you appreciate this fact or not. Various companies value compatibility over the merit of the student (which is quite logical thing to do!) and sometimes you may under-qualify and sometimes over-qualify on those standards - and rarely will you be just at an optimal level. Consequently, many results(in fact most, to be even more precise all except one) will not go in your favour - either accept them or challenge them (if you think you have been denied of something that you truly deserve) but never lose your heart - this is simply a welcome song to the real world. In the long run, this short and (most likely a difficult and) tough experience will prove to be one of the most memorable and a great learning experience.<br />
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    In a nut shell "Keep Calm and Give your Best! - Karm karte raho, fal ki chinta mat karo."
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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 Puzzle Interview Technical Interview
    Round 1

    Test

    Duration
    2 Hours 15 Minutes
    No. of Questions
    30 questions
    Interview Experience
    3 sections in quant, coding and ML
    Round 2

    Puzzle Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Prob questions
    Interview Experience
    I had 4 rounds of prob puzzles.
    Each round had
    Interview Tips
    Think out aloud. The interviewer will fix you when you go wrong.
    Round 3

    Technical Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Coding Algo
    Interview Experience
    I did not do this round properly. I missed some very easy questions.
    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Probabiity
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    Goldman Sachs Quant analyst interview

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    AnonymousFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus for Quant analyst role at Goldman Sachs
    Interview Process
    Test Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview
    Round 1

    Test

    Duration
    90 + 90 Minutes
    No. of Questions
    30objective+9ubjective questions
    Test Sections
    • Section 1: MCQ Objective - Math + Probability (10 ques), Computer Algorithms and Data Structure based (10 ques), Data Science Section(10 ques)
    • Section 2: Subjective Questions, 3 per section based on the above three divisions only
    Interview Experience
    The questions in the objective section for Maths + Probability were comparatively easy. If you have prepared well for quant related topics, you can do well in this section.
    As far as Data Structure section is concerned, it is necessary for you to score good in that part also, so do give equal importance to related study too. The third section, based on Data Science is generally very difficult, if seen from a non-CSE point of view. So, try scoring average in the algorithms, and really good in quant, to get through. One important point - all subjective papers are not considered. Consider objective as the first level of shortlisting, and then only people scoring well in objectives, are considered for subjective correction. So, performing well in objective is also necessary.
    The subjective section is comparatively tough. Three questions were asked, each in the above mentioned three sections. Again, third section seemed very vague to me ( as I was unable to solve any question in it :P ). I did descent in the first section, and pretty well in the quant section to get shortlisted.
    Interview Tips
    Rigorous study of quant stuff like Probability, and Combinatorics is very helpful. Questions are many a times Maths Olympiad level problems. So, practicing similar problems can be of great help. Do read concepts like Linear Algebra, Differential Equation, and other similar topics that are taught to us in our initial engineering years. It' necessary that you brush up these concepts, as questions might directly come based on finding the rank, solving some differential equation or conceptual application of eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
    Round 2

    Technical Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Multiple questions - Questions are mostly interviewer specific
    Interview Experience
    I don't exactly remembered the question, but I had my first three interviews, immediately, one after the other, although lasting for a total of 45-50 minutes together. The questions tested concepts related to Probability (distributions and normal random variables in specific), a few basic concepts based on stationary distribution, and basic Algorithms and coding, so that they can make sure that I have some basic knowledge of coding, not thorough though. I had answered almost all, though I had faultered a bit in the coding part, and the interviewer helped me to figure out, where I was going wrong.
    Interview Tips
    Its good again, to be thorough with your quant section, as there will be nothing that will come out of the box. Although the questions will require you to think from the basics and use relevant concepts. Topics in Probability, such as conditional expectation are generally left out in basic probability courses and then not touched upon, so go through them in detail.
    Round 3

    Technical Interview

    Interview Experience
    An hour after the first three interviews, I had my fourth interview. I was asked a question based on probability, and a question based on Euclid's subtraction algorithm in this interview. I answered both, one with a bit of help though.
    Round 4

    Technical Interview

    Interview Experience
    I was again tested on my conceptual understanding of probability and conditional expectations, and fluency in coding and algorithm related problems. I was able to answer all the questions I faced in this interview.
    Interview Tips
    Same as before. Be sure to brush up your algorithms, and coding skills before the interview. (I was unable to solve the coding question in the first interview, only because I had forgotten, what traversals are :P). Go through the materials provided below, and stay confident in the interview. The people who sit on the other side of the table, are just like us, previous year IIT graduates, and they will never make you feel uncomfortable. As a result, I'd suggest not to feel uncomfortable at all, and be confident over whatever you have studied. They emphasize majorly on concepts and tech-related part. One last thing - Be thorough with your resume, almost every interviewer asked me questions related to my resume, and I answered them with ease, as I had prepared really well for the resume.
    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Probability Concepts
    • Algorithms And Data Structures
    • Quant+Math
    Skill Tips
    Its good if you start going through the materials for the above topics, well in advance.
    Resources

    Preparation materials

    Books
    • 40 Puzzles In Mathematical Probability And Statistics,
    • Peter Winkler Puzzles Connoisseur Collection,
    • 50 Challenging Puzzles In Probability,
    • Heard On The Street,
    General Tips
    I would just say, that this is one of the companies, where it is not necessary for you to be a very high pointer to get in. Study well and perform well in the test, your resume does not matter much after that. You just have to go in the interview and stay consistent. The interviewers too, are very friendly and helpful, they are just IIT Alums only, and help you out really well with problems, if you get stuck in the interviews. So, just be strong with your concepts and problem solving skills. Do see questions like those mentioned on the cseblog, specially the ones under the head, probability. They were really helpful in developing a few concepts.<br />
    <br />
    Just be confident with your preparation, and trust yourself to the core. Self-belief and perseverance, were I guess, my key points to success.<br />
    Motivation for applying
    Goldman Sachs is one of the best in the business, in its field. Since I always wanted to do something related to Maths in my life, except research, I decided to choose finance as the further career option. The best in the business seemed firms like Goldman Sachs, and WorldQuant, but CPI cutoff for WorldQuant was way above my CPI. So, Goldman Sachs seemed the last and the most suited option. (This was not my HR answer, please. A genuine 8-pointer answer it is :P )
    Funny Moments
    There were many:<br />
    (a) I was very depressed late in the evening, and I was almost certain that I haven't been selected. I was so frustrated after this, that I had told my mom dad that I have not made it through, and I was all set to leave the interview venue. I had almost entered the lift, when I found that my name was being called out there by the company officials. I was selected! :)<br />
    <br />
    (b) I was so happy, listening to the news of my selection, that I did not listen for the next 2 minutes, what the person in front of me was telling me. He then asked me something in reply, and I was like, can you please repeat ? :P
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    Goldman Sachs internship interview

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    Rohith AralikattiFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Goldman Sachs in Dec, 2015
    Interview Process
    Test Technical Interview
    Round 1

    Test

    No. of Questions
    30 questions
    Interview Experience
    Good problems. But found it hard to manage time. Section 1 and 2 mostly had questions from statistics and probability. Section three had basic algorithm questions
    Interview Tips
    Don't worry about problems you have no clue about. Just be calm and focus on questions that you do know
    Round 2

    Technical Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Estimate the probability of finding a deer at Placement office, IIT Madras at 1:30 PM on a sunday
    • Question 2: A puzzle was asked
    Interview Experience
    We talked about my previous projects and internships. Interviewer was friendly and helpful
    Interview Tips
    Remain Calm and don't be afraid of asking questions if you don't understand a question
    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Probability and Statistics.
    • Data structures and Algorithms.
    General Tips
    Don't sit quietly in the interview. Think out loud. The interviewers help out. Chill.
    Motivation for applying
    Challenging Work. Fantastic Future prospects.
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    Goldman Sachs Idm internship interview

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    SarayuFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Idm role at Goldman Sachs
    Interview Process
    Test Technical Interview
    Round 1

    Test

    Duration
    60 Minutes
    No. of Questions
    29 questions
    Test Sections
    • Section 1: CcS
    • Section 2: Quant
    • Section 3: ML
    Interview Experience
    Nice experience. Great questions that really triggered your brain. Make sure that you ace at least one section.
    Round 2

    Technical Interview

    Interview Experience
    Fun. A lot of questions on probability, linear algebra and coding. Optimisation of algorithm.

    They teach you topics and probe you to see how far a large you are.
    Interview Tips
    Keep calm. You don't have to know the answers to all questions to get selected
    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Aptitude
    • Programming Skills In Any Language Like C
    • Linear Algebra
    • Probability And Statistics
    Resources

    Preparation materials

    Courses
    • Probability And Statistics,
    General Tips
    It's all about keeping a cool head and solving questions. That's ALL you need to do. It's mostly things that your know.
    Motivation for applying
    Good work culture. Mobility inside the organisation. Recognition.
    Funny Moments
    Why not a higher CG.
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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
    Technical Interview Technical Interview
    Round 1

    Technical Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: How to create a uniform distribution from 1 to 200 using an ubiased coin?
    Interview Experience
    Talked about probability and programming questions. The same happened in 4 rounds of interviews.
    Interview Tips
    Prepare probability and quant questions. Be calm. The interviewers are very helpful.
    Round 2

    Technical Interview

    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Probability And Statistics
    • Programming
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    Goldman Sachs Analytics internship interview

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    Aravind SureshFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Analytics role at Goldman Sachs
    Interview Process
    Test Technical Interview
    Round 1

    Test

    Duration
    90 Minutes
    No. of Questions
    29 questions
    Test Sections
    • Section 1: CS
    • Section 2: Quant
    • Section 3: ML
    Interview Experience
    Good deal of questions. Best way to judge students!
    Interview Tips
    -NIL-
    Round 2

    Technical Interview

    Interview Experience
    Very good experience. Interviewers were really friendly and encouraged students.
    Interview Tips
    -NIL-
    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Quant+Math
    • Machine Learning
    • Computer Science
    Skill Tips
    -NIL-
    General Tips
    -NIL-
    Motivation for applying
    Goldman Sachs is one of the company where you get opportunity to implement your ideas as soon as you are capable.
    Funny Moments
    -NIL-
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