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Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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Rupesh BansalFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kharagpur for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview
Round 1

Test

Test Sections
  • Section 1: Objective
Interview Experience
There were 30 questions divided into 3 sections(Computer Science fundamentals, Mathematics and Machine learning) each containing 10 questions. Each question was of 3 points with the negative marking of 1 mark. 60 students were shortlisted from this round.

2nd paper consisted of 3 questions in each section. Each section was of 30 points with each question of different weightage.
Interview Tips
Time is more that sufficient. Focus on only one section but try to excel in that
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: He explained my what is call value and put value in finance and asked me to plot it so that user maker maximum profit
  • Question 2: Find the magic number in an sorted array. magic number is the one whose value and index position is same
Interview Experience
Interviewers are very friendly and helped my if I got stuck anywhere
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Given a 2d matrix sorted row and column wise, search an element
  • Question 2: Design a newspaper subscription system
Round 4

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: A person can climb 1 or 2 stairs. Find the number of ways to jump n stairs
  • Question 2: How will you mane a LRU Cache
Round 5

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Suppose you and I are playing a dice game. The one who get the lesser number looses the games. The dice has n sides. If I start the game, what is the probablity of you winning?
  • Question 2: Given 3 functions, f which gives the first day of the current month, g gives the next working day and h gives the previous working day, conpute the 3rd working day? Compute the 2nd working day of the previous month? COmpute the 4th working day of the next month?
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Basics Of Machine Learning
  • Design Engineering
  • Probabiity
  • Algorithmic Approach To Problem Solving
General Tips
Try to cover geeks for geeks as much as you can. It will help you a lot
Motivation for applying
Highly relevant work to my interests
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Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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Kaushik MaranFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Delhi for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs
Interview Process
Test Puzzle Interview Puzzle Interview Puzzle Interview Puzzle Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
1:30 Minutes
No. of Questions
5+4+? questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Algorithms
  • Section 2: Maths
  • Section 3: Coding
Interview Experience
It had three sections namely algorithms, math and coding.
Interview Tips
This is the most important step in the recruitment process. So prepare well and try getting shortlisted in more than one section.
Round 2

Puzzle Interview

Interview Questions
    Interview Experience
    The logical abilities of one is tested. The questions asked do not require you to know any advanced concepts but just make you think in a non-routine manner. The topics covered were Pigeon Hole Principle, Dynamic Programming, Probability (Expectation Value).
    Round 3

    Puzzle Interview

    Interview Questions
      Interview Experience
      The logical abilities of one is tested. The questions asked do not
      require you to know any advanced concepts but just make you think in a
      non-routine manner. The topics covered were (algorithm+discrete math), (probability+combinatorics).
      Round 4

      Puzzle Interview

      Interview Questions
        Interview Experience
        This was a purely coding interview where the interviewer was just ensuring that I knew how to code. This interview is taken only for people who have nothing (not even courses) to show in the coding front. The questions asked were based on Data Structures and were pretty standard.
        Round 5

        Puzzle Interview

        Interview Questions
          Interview Experience
          Loads of puzzles were asked and a few questions on basic probability distributions as well.
          Skills

          Skills Tested

          • Analytical Thinking
          Resources

          Preparation materials

          Courses
          • Math courses,
          • Graph Theory,
          • Number Theory,
          • Discrete Maths,
          • Data Structures,
          • Probability,
          General Tips
          Prepare hard for the test and just be yourself during the interview,
          Motivation for applying
          The only job where I could put my mathematical abilities to work.
          Funny Moments
          I completed the first question for the first interviewer (he said the first few words and I completed the statement of the problem) and still couldn't solve the question.
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          Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

          5.3k views
          AnonymousFresherSelected
          Application
          I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs
          Interview Process
          Interview Interview Interview Interview
          Round 1

          Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: A nimbu paani wala spends all of his daily income on his daily expenditure except only as much as would enable him to conduct equal business on the next day. He now wants to aim at starting to save for the future. How would you advise him to proceed?
          • Question 2: An IT sector multinational wants to expand its business into more countries. Suggest a strategy. This was the question given in the VC round by the Partner. It was followed by a lot of numerical and qualitative data about competition, customers and other aspects of the market?
          Interview Experience
          The interviewer also said: "It seems like you are more interested in finance and BCG is only the second option. We don’t like being the second option." All these questions required some delicate handling.
          Round 2

          Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: An IT sector company wants to increase the number of BPOs in India. Devise a metric that will help it rank cities according to their favourability to host this BPO.
          • Question 2: The supply chain head in an auto company in India is frustrated about manufacturing stopping frequently because of parts not being readily available at the assembly line and comes to you for help. What could be the probable reasons, how will you proceed to find out which of these reasons are actually responsible and what solutions would you suggest?
          Interview Experience
          This was a sort of stress interview because the interviewer seemed disinterested and dissatisfied with everything i said and kept on demanding for more while impressing that whatever I am coming up with was really of no significance.
          Interview Tips
          What worked in my favor was I dint get flustered by his attitude, kept smiling and working at the problem objectively. When I would come to the end of one line of thinking and would have no more answers to his “What next” I would frankly tell him that and ask him in return for more suggestions. It resulted in him complimenting my way of thinking at the end and saying that I was one of the best and most practical candidates that he had interviewed that day.
          Round 3

          Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: How many airplanes are flying in the Indian sky at the moment?
          • Question 2: How many years will it take the Delhi Metro to break even?
          • Question 3: Why not MBA?
          Interview Experience
          1. Both the above questions were the part of one interview.
          2. The interviewer didn't want me to solve the case fully in either instance. He just wanted to see my structure and evaluate my thinking process.
          Round 4

          Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: Interview-4
          Interview Experience
          Almost all my interviews went well with BCG except the last VC one, because by then I was complete drained out and could hardly think. I also did some minor silly mistakes in a couple of the smaller cases while dealing with numbers, but otherwise everyone seemed to appreciate my structuring of the cases. Some of the interviewers also delved into the HR side frequently.
          Skills

          Skills Tested

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            Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

            5.2k views
            AnonymousFresherSelected
            Application
            I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs
            Interview Process
            Test Test Technical Interview Puzzle Interview
            Round 1

            Test

            Duration
            75 minutes Minutes
            Test Sections
            • Section 1: DS & Algorithms
            • Section 2: DS & Algorithms
            • Section 3: Maths
            Interview Experience
            You are not supposed to know everything. If you do exceptionally well in one or two sections in each paper and even leave third section completely (which I did) then you are through. Third section was mainly for CSE guys. In subjective part Algorithm section had 5 questions and maths section had 4 questions. Questions in maths section were based on probability, linear algebra, differential equation and discrete maths. Randomized algorithm course taught by Baswana sir was really helpful in doing probability questions. Questions were doable if you knew the concepts well. For algorithms part concepts taught in basic Data structure and algorithm course were enough. Questions were based on linked list, binary tree, stack, queue, sorting, Dijkstra etc.
            Round 2

            Test

            Duration
            75 minutes Minutes
            Test Sections
            • Section 1: Systems
            • Section 2: DS & Algorithms
            • Section 3: Maths
            Interview Experience
            Each section in objective paper had 10 questions and there was negative marking. On the basis of test they selected 75 candidates.
            Round 3

            Technical Interview

            Interview Questions
              Interview Experience
              I was asked about my thesis 3-4 times as I had done some good work in Thesis and had submitted 2 paper based on it. Also as my work was on (Data Compression) Information theory which involves a lot probability and the problems I worked on was of theoretical nature, so I was able to relate it with them. So it was one of my plus point. They asked some questions from topics related to my thesis.
              Round 4

              Puzzle Interview

              Interview Questions
                Interview Experience
                They asked some algorithmic puzzles and some probability and other maths puzzles. At no point of time I was asked to write the code (but it totally depends on the team they are looking you for) I just had to tell them how to solve the problem.
                Interview Tips
                Don’t hurry in interview and take your time to solve the problem. Also at every point keep interviewer engaged and keep telling him in which direction you are proceeding and also why you are doing this.
                Skills

                Skills Tested

                • Technical Skills
                Skill Tips
                Focus on your Study.. Revise the subject that you have studied at the time of Interview
                Resources

                Preparation materials

                Books
                • R.S. Agrawal for APTITUDE.,
                Videos
                • N.P.T.E.L. Videos,
                Courses
                • Soft Skills Development by NCVT,
                General Tips
                Start preparing from summer itself. If you are targeting quant companies I will advise you start preparing even before for probability and puzzles as you can’t become good in these things overnight. I am not saying you to give 1 -2 hour daily for puzzles rather I will advise you to do just 1-2 puzzles whenever you have time and enjoy it.



                Don’t leave everything for the last time you will for sure run short of time so finish the important tasks first. Make goals which are practically achievable.

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                Goldman Sachs Core internship interview

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                Nivedita JanardhanFresherSelected
                Application
                I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Core role at Goldman Sachs
                Interview Process
                Test Technical Interview Puzzle Interview
                Round 1

                Test

                Duration
                45 Minutes
                Test Sections
                • Section 1: Technial Test
                Interview Experience
                There were three sections Quantitative aptititude, Data Analytics and Computer Science. Doing well in any one of the section will be enough to get shortlisted for the internview. But try scoring in other sections as well. Data Analytics is quite similar to that of quantitative aptitide.
                Interview Tips
                Probability is very important. Being good only at that may lead to get the internship offer. I strongly recommend to revise JEE probability. If you have done a course, going through that will be better.
                Round 2

                Technical Interview

                Interview Questions
                • Question 1: Asked me about the Internship I have done
                Interview Experience
                I did internship in NAL banglore based on numerical methods to solve partial differential equations. Interviewer asked about the methods I used, mae me solve a couple of partial Differential Equations analytically as well as numerically. Interviewer being really good at Fluid Mechanics, understood the importance of my internship and also explained different ways PDE's are used in Finance. I had really nice talk about Fluid Mechanics. This interview lasted for 1 hour
                Interview Tips
                Be very good with your resume and especially your Projects and Internship Experience. They will ask about it in and out.
                Round 3

                Puzzle Interview

                Interview Questions
                • Question 1: Probability questions and Puzzles
                Interview Experience
                The probabiliy questions were sly tough but they will help you through the process. It is about how you approach the problem more than the final answer.
                Interview Tips
                Again revise your probability concepts thoroughly.
                Skills

                Skills Tested

                • Analytical
                • Communication
                Skill Tips
                Do not panic. Be very honest and tell them if you do not anything. You need not hesitate to ask any kind of questions.
                General Tips
                Talk to seniors and get valuable advice and do everything they
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                Goldman Sachs interview

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                AnonymousFresherSelected
                Application
                I was interviewed on-campus at Anna University Chennai for role at Goldman Sachs
                Interview Process
                Test Group Discussion Technical Interview
                Round 1

                Test

                Test Sections
                • Section 1: Aptitude and Technical
                • Section 2: Subjective
                Interview Experience
                1. Apps and technical ­ objective
                     Apps completely tough.
                    Totally 35 aps questions were asked and only 35 minutes were given for it :P:P
                     Also, technical questions were nothing but c ­ aps
                Only three problems were easy. Technical was easy.
                2. Subjective:
                    1.Find the two non repeating elements in an array with other elements repeated two       
                       times(even times) exactly in linear time .
                    2.String matching algorithm.
                I just wrote the kmp algorithm in words.
                Usually for few companies and pep exams, Career net only sets papers for written. Their apps 
                questions will be tough. Only by luck i entered the next round :)
                Round 2

                Group Discussion

                Interview Experience
                Second round:
                Group Discussion
                There was a situation given. The group is stuck in a storm in the middle of their travel in some 
                ranchi lake.
                We have only few materials left with us for rescue :) match stick , chocolate bars , air pillow, 
                sleeping bag, water filter, wine bottle.
                We need to prioritise these things and just discuss with the group about out prioritisation :) It 
                was fine. This company wanted us to speak that's all.They eliminated only one in this round(who 
                didn't even speak a word).But do remember other management companies are not so.
                Round 3

                Technical Interview

                Interview Questions
                  Interview Experience
                  Technical Interview :
                  Interview  was  pretty  easy  with  simple  questions  ,  but  don  know  why  they  were  not 
                  satisfied with my answers and I could not go ahead from this round in Goldmann Sachs .
                  Before they could ask me any question , I was asked to tell about myself . And I continued it for 
                  about 15 min :P . I explained my personal skills,programming skills etc . Pretty long speech it 
                  was !!!
                  Well below are the few questions which they asked me .
                  1. What are functional pointers ?? Why and where we use it  ??
                  2. Design  a  class  to  show  different  shapes  using  inheritance  and  various  other  OOPS 
                  concepts . I explained the concept of abstract class for shapes . Then he asked me by using 
                  which access specifier you will inherit the abstract class ??
                  3. An easy puzzle or aps based  ­ How many times a hour and a minute hand intersects or 
                  overlaps in a particular day of 24 hours ?
                  4. He  gave  me  a  small  job  .  Now,  am  a  road  Contractor  and  I  have  to  meet  CM  for 
                  discussing about a project for laying a highway road from his/her home to chennai .  And, as a 
                  contractor , I have to do a requirement analysis regarding the project and discuss directly to the 
                  Interviewer ( who is now the CM ).
                  5. Well, they did not ask anything from my area of interest . So, I asked them to test me 
                  from my area and so, they asked me a question. It goes like this ­ You are given a huge file with 
                  lot of words , spaces and line breaks. I need to separated them as an array of strings having 
                  fixed length size of 60, but you should not break any word
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                  Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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                  AnonymousFresherSelected
                  Application
                  I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Surathkal for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs
                  Interview Process
                  Test Other Interview
                  Round 1

                  Test

                  Duration
                  60+40 Minutes
                  Test Sections
                  • Section 1: General aptitude, permutation & combination (P&C) and Probability- MCQs (60min)
                  • Section 2: On probability/P&C and few problems on data structures and algorithms- Subjective (40min)
                  Interview Experience
                  Written test (Cut off: 7): The test consisted of 2 sectionsPart A (60 min): MCQ's with negatives on general aptitude, permutation & combination (P&C) and Probability.Part B (40 min): This was a subjective section. One or two problems on probability/P&C and few problems on data structures and algorithms (we were asked to write code).
                  Round 2

                  Other Interview

                  Interview Questions
                    Interview Experience
                    22 candidates were selected for interview which consisted of 2 or 3 rounds. First round: They asked me to explain my summer project. In the Second round, a few problems on P&C/Probability and couple of questions on DSA. Final round: An open problem. For example: estimate the population of Mangalore.
                    Skills

                    Skills Tested

                    • Probability
                    • Apti
                    • Algorithms
                    • Aptitude questions
                    Skill Tips
                    If they ask you to explain what you did in your summer internship, explain it in as simple a language as possible so that even a person with no background in the subject will be able to understand it. Don't use complicated terms because they are looking for people who can express themselves well. Prepare for aptitude sincerely. You might neglect it thinking "It's just apti, what can they ask?". The problem will arise when you know how to solve the question but it might take a really long time to work it out. Practice makes a man perfect. For algorithms, code every question you have tried to solve. Interviewers look for people who can write efficient and readable code. ["Use proper names for variables"]. When they ask you a question, they don't expect you to arrive at the exact solution. They look for the structure in your solution i.e have you considered the necessary parameters and does there exist a logical progression from one step to the next. If you are asked an open problem, don't panic. Keep asking questions to get a proper understanding of the problem and try to give them multiple solutions and reason out why each solution might be right or wrong.
                    Resources

                    Preparation materials

                    Books
                    • Aptitude - RS Agarwal,
                    General Tips
                    If you don't know an answer, tell the interviewer the same. Lying would do more harm than good because they definitely know more than us and will find out very easily. It was Challenging and a great learning experience They test your fundamentals and don't ask too many difficult questions.
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                    Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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                    Devendra BendkhaleFresherNot Selected
                    Application
                    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Guwahati for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs
                    Interview Process
                    Test Puzzle Interview Technical Interview Puzzle Interview
                    Round 1

                    Test

                    Test Sections
                    • Section 1: QUANT
                    • Section 2: COMPUTER SCIENCE
                    • Section 3: DATA SCIENCE
                    Interview Experience
                    30 OBJECTIVE QUESTION 90 MIN . QUESTION LEVEL WAS TOUGH. GS Takes their tests very seriously
                    Interview Tips
                    Do the section first which are you most famaliar with. They hire on section wise performance.
                    Round 2

                    Puzzle Interview

                    Interview Questions
                    • Question 1: Dice rolled several times until sum of outcomes till now comes greater than equal to hundred. What is most likely number to occur as final sum?
                    Round 3

                    Technical Interview

                    Interview Questions
                    • Question 1: Discussion on one of the project .
                    • Question 2: Given a matrix containing several positive numbers find max path from bottom left to top right using only up and right steps
                    Round 4

                    Puzzle Interview

                    Interview Questions
                    • Question 1: Cutting three random points on the circle of radius 1 centered at (0,0) . What is probability that point (1,0) lies in longest cut.
                    Skills

                    Skills Tested

                    • Analytical Skills
                    • Coding Skills
                    • Maths(esp Probability)
                    • Algorithm Analysis
                    • Probabiity
                    Skill Tips
                    Be calm . Approach is important than answer.<br />
                    Resources

                    Preparation materials

                    Books
                    • 50 Challenging Puzzles In Probability,
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                    19

                    Goldman Sachs Quant analyst interview

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                    AnonymousFresherSelected
                    Application
                    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Quant analyst role at Goldman Sachs
                    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

                    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 ‎strategic anaylst interview

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                    AnonymousFresherSelected
                    Application
                    I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for ‎strategic anaylst role at Goldman Sachs
                    Interview Process
                    Test HR Interview
                    Round 1

                    Test

                    Test Sections
                      Interview Experience
                      GS has a paper-based test consisting of both subjective and objective questions. The pattern for the test typically varies every year. 
                      However, the paper tests candidates on pre-calculus math, probability (up to and including random processes), some linear algebra and basic calculus, analytics and puzzles. There's also separate section on computer science including graph theory. 
                      The criterion for qualification to the final interview round is that the student should do exceedingly well and at least one of math and computer science sections but not necessarily in both. 
                      In my case, for example, being from electrical engineering background, I had very little expertise in computer science. But I did well in the math section and hence got a call for the interview.
                      Interview Tips
                      Most analytics firms won't bother that much about resume. The more important part would be their written test. This is where they will filter out most students. 
                      Firms other than GS have fairly simple aptitude tests. Most companies also have a coding section in their tests. I would urge everyone to start early enough and get familiar with programming and C++ / C / Python. This is one thing that I did not do and should have done.

                      If you are good at math (or computer science), the test is a cakewalk. 
                      If you are not so confident, I would suggest that you choose your strong area (math / computer science) and prepare from the start of the semester. 
                      40 Puzzles and Problems in Probability and Mathematical Statistics and Heard on the Street are good sources for gaining confidence in probability.
                      Round 2

                      HR Interview

                      Interview Questions
                        Interview Experience
                        Interview, as such, does not require any preparation different from what is required for
                        the written test. There's little or no HR component to the interviews. 
                        This holds for GS as well as most other analytics firms.
                        Skills

                        Skills Tested

                          General Tips
                          Most analytics firms won't bother that much about resume. 

                          The more important part would be their written test. This is where they will filter out most students.
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