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Goldman Sachs ‎strategic anaylst interview

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

Test

Duration
180 Minutes
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Objective
  • Section 2: Subjective
Interview Experience
Objective part of the test had total 10 questions and weren't any basic questions. The questions were hard for those who didn't do any related course.Subjective part had questions regarding proofs from graph theory,algorithms and Stochastic process questions.  E.g.: If the probability of an insect dying from time t to t+dt is a function f (t)(which is given).What is the expected time of survival of insect/how many insects would still be surviving at the end of a certain interval of time. Step marks were awarded in the subjective part of test,so it was okay even if your answer isn't correct.I answered only 2 out of 12 subjective questions.
Interview Tips
Don't leave in between the test.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
3-4 rounds of interviews were held, 35 minutes each round.Questions asked in interview depended on which objective section you have answered in the test.I had attempted maths so Maths puzzle questions were asked. Questions kept on getting tougher.    Interviewer asked a question and left the room. We had to get the answer before he came back.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
Only two candidates had HR interviews and this seemed random. The only common denominator being that they both took part in GS Quantify.Interviewers were friendly and helpful and if we asked questions in return,they showed curiosity.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
Mention any math course except for the compulsory ones,MA101&102 in your resume.If your minor is Management or Economics mention it and mention any online finance courses if done.Highlight any achievements and attending the McKinsey resume workshop will be very useful.
Resources

Preparation materials

Courses
  • maths courses,
  • Graph Theory,
  • Management courses,
  • Economics Courses,
  • Stochastic Process,
  • Combinatorics courses,
General Tips
Doing a course on Discreet Mathematics will help a lot with the test and revise that before the test.Do a lot of puzzles before appearing for this interview.
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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
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 for ‎strategic anaylst role at Goldman Sachs
Interview Process
Test HR Interview
Round 1

Test

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 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.
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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Goldman Sachs Analyst internship interview

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ArunKeshav SridharFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs
Interview Process
Test Puzzle Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
90 Minutes
No. of Questions
30 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Quantitative Aptitude
  • Section 2: Data analysis
  • Section 3: Computation
Interview Experience
The test was very well designed with seemingly easy questions but which required deep understanding of fundamentals. I really enjoyed the quantitative part and the data analytics part.
Interview Tips
I would suggest that you focus on the parts that you are good at . It is not necessary to do well in every part. So focus on your strengths.
Round 2

Puzzle Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: How many ways can a king go from one end of the chessboard to the diagonally opposite square(The king can move only towards the corner and not diagonally)
Interview Experience
I initially suggested a brute force method to solve this problem , which was correct but the interviewer asked for a smarter way to solve it using permutations. I initially struggled but i finally got the right answer.
Interview Tips
Walk the interviewer through what you are thinking and think of the smartest way to solve it.
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Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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Siddhartha SidduFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Bombay for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Puzzle Interview Other Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Tips
Cpi doesn't matter. But the project works and achievements in Olympiads does!
Round 2

Test

Interview Tips
Test consists of Linear algebra, CS basics, probability sections.
Don't hurry and try to best in all the sections.
Try to top any one section. (CS students might concentrate on CS section and likewise)
Round 3

Puzzle Interview

Interview Tips
Not exactly puzzles. Probability plus CS basics (depending on your background. Non cs students might not have questions on algorithms)
Round 4

Other Interview

Interview Tips
Convey a better command on topics. Interview process might vary on the profile they are looking for.
General Tips
Work on probability and puzzles.

Try to know about the profile they are hiring you for. Get to know more about it.
Motivation for applying
New field. First job. Chance to take risk.
Funny Moments
Ended up discussing a lot about my entrepreneurial experience with the interviewer who has similar background before joining GS
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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
Interview Process
Test Test Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview Technical Interview Other Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
60 Minutes
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Objective
Interview Experience
Test was mainly based on probability and algo, with some algebra, integration and puzzles. Some questions were on OS and database for CS people.
Round 2

Test

Duration
60 Minutes
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Subjective
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
First round was all about probability, algo and tricky mathematical problems, The key was to take your time, keep talking about your approach and try to see if the interviewer gives away any hints.
Interview Tips
Be enthusiastic during the interview. Your enthusiasm matters more than your answer.
Round 4

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
The second round was similar to the first round.
Round 5

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
The third was a discussion on projects. I told them about my interest in following markets.
Round 6

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
In the fourth round, the interviewer explained the various teams that had come to recruit and asked a question about BST.
Round 7

Other Interview

Interview Experience
The fifth round was just to check which profile would interest me. When I told him that I was interested in a combination of algo and math, he himself told that the quant profile would be the best for me.
General Tips
Prepare your resume in advance, with ample revision. Make them company specific if possible by talking to alumni.

Prepare according to the company requirements.
Motivation for applying
I got interested in Quant jobs that help integrate technical knowledge with finance. Hence this was my first choice.
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Goldman Sachs Analyst interview

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Nitin BadamFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Guwahati for Analyst role at Goldman Sachs
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Technical Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
For GS, CPGA is not a big factor
Project experience in the fields they are looking for (generally finance or systems), does count
Round 2

Test

Interview Experience
3 hrs test
Objective + Subjective
You need to pass the bar on objective to get the subjective part evaluated.
Interview Tips
This test is very important for GS, performing well here will do half the job for you
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
Simple questions on OS, Compilers, Distributed Systems (project related), Databases, Probability, Coding
Interview Tips
I don't remember the questions from the interview, just make sure your concepts are strong in math or systems based on the team you are being interviewed for. Be as interactive as possible with the interviewer. Stay Confident!
Round 4

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Goldman Sachs Strategic analyst internship interview

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Akshay BalajiFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Strategic analyst role at Goldman Sachs
Interview Process
Technical Interview
Round 1

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Intermediate probability/coding questions
Interview Experience
The interviewers were very professional. Apart from asking about how your interests, they would help you out in order to arrive at the solution to the given problem. They are also very eager in clarifying your doubts (if any).
Interview Tips
Be truthful and honest about yourself. Think out loud during the technical aspects of the interview as they are more interested in your thought process rather than the solution itself.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
Again. You should give out your honest opinions as they are seasoned interviewers who are generally able to tell when the candidate is exaggerating or pretending.
General Tips
Stick to your story.

Think out the problems out loud.

Carry lots of food with you. Interviews will be all over the place and you might not have the time to have a proper meal
Motivation for applying
General interest in IB and finance.

A firm with a good reputation that cares for its employees
Funny Moments
Interview with alumnus. Engaged conversation which ranged from college life to professors.
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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
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview
Round 1

Test

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.
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Goldman Sachs ‎strategic anaylst interview

4.7k views
AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for ‎strategic anaylst role at Goldman Sachs
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
3 hours Minutes
No. of Questions
70 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Written Test
Interview Experience
1.5 hrs for objective questions (35 questions) and 1.5 hrs for subjective questions (35 questions). In both the objective and subjective questions the sections were: Graph theory, Math(Probability, Linear Algebra) and Algorithms. This was the selection round.
Interview Tips
Marking was linear no negatives. Cut off was not revealed.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Given a list of numbers give an algorithm that to find 2 numbers that add up to 600. He asked me to improve the complexity with every attempt I made finally got it down to complexity of O(N).
  • Question 2: What is the probability of a 8 bit string to have no more than 2 consecutive 1's. This might seem like a probability question :p. But it is actually dynamic programming.
Interview Experience
Based on the written test and your resume interviews are scheduled. I had 3 rounds. Technical rounds are very heavy. They mostly ask questions on your projects and test your skills in probability,

Datastructures and algorithms (DSA), puzzle solving. They want to know how you solve the problem and not just the final solution. So it is always helpful to be verbose and think out loud. If you are stuck somewhere it is not a bad idea to ask for hints. I was asked a lot of questions on DSA, Dynamic programming, Machine learning and many questions on my projects (since many had mathematical modelling)
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
Trying to understand the way you solve a problem. Your understanding of the job. Your preferences etc.This will be a talk with the higher management who do another analysis of you preferences and understand what kind of a person you are and if you will be able to handle some of the tough conditions that ITC employees work in.
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