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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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32

Goldman Sachs interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Goldman Sachs
Interview Process
Test Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Interview Experience
The aptitude test consisted of mostly quant and reasoning questions and a couple of programming questions. There was a a writing question after this on: "Why do I want to work for GS"? One must be prepared with an answer for this question in some form or the other because this came up in an interview later as well.
The level of the apti was pretty easy, but a decent solving speed is recommended.
Interview Tips
A basic knowledge of C was enough to tackle the programming questions. Try to keep the codes shorter and more efficient, that works in your favour. Don't write rubbish codes as we were asked in the interviews to explain our apti codes.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Group Discussion Topic
Determine captain/vice-captain from 6 profiles
Interview Experience
There were profiles of 6 individuals given, and the scenario was that a ship has sunk and these 6 get into a lifeboat.
We as a group had to determine who was the most suitable to be the captain and the vice-captain. The profiles were quite different: corporate executive, sailor, teacher, etc. In the end we decided upon the executive as the
captain and the sailor as vice captain. The decision wasn't unanimous though, and some people still had different views.
This GD was really tough because we had around 11-12 people of which around 6-7 people were all very active participants. Everyone wanted to speak all the time throughout the half hour, rather chaotic stuff. Honestly, I don't quite know what approach to follow in such a GD. But opportunities to speak come few and far between and these must be grabbed as much as possible without appearing too dominant. It is very easy to become a spectator in such a GD and this must be avoided.
Interview Tips
It helps (i think, although you might want to confirm this elsewhere) if you give helpful suggestions like going one-by-one through the group and taking everyone's views.
Grab chances to speak in the GD. Don't start fighting with another person/don't slam another person's arguments forcefully. Use tact and avoid antagonizing people.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
The technical interviews were a mixture of puzzles and programming problems. Firstly the programming questions from the aptitude test were repeated and I was asked to explain the logic again and shorten it.
Some puzzles I encountered were: i) there's a gold bar with 6 markings dividing it into 7 equal parts. You are allowed to make 2 cuts anywhere on those markings (dividing bar into 3 parts) and you have to pay a servant an
equal amount of gold for 7 days. Solution: You cut at the 1st and 3rd markings, diving it into 3 parts of size-1, size-2 and size-4 (totally 7). First day you give him 1 part, next day give him the size-2 part and take back the 1st part (binary scheme: 001 010 011 etc).
ii) A creeper is wrapped around a cylindrical tree spirally from the bottom to the top. Given dimensions of cylinder, find the length of creeper. Soln: unroll the cylinder to a rectangle with sides as height and circumference of cylinder. creeper is diagonal.
Programming questions were pretty straightforward like code to find the no. of instances of a word in a file etc.
I was also asked a question in microprocessors (since I'm in ece). I was asked to describe the 8086 memory system and the ram's electronic structure down to the logic gate level.
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Experience
In the HR interview they were basically looking to see whether you can be a team player and whether you'll fit in over there. Questions were about why I thought I was suitable for the job, did I have experience of working in a
team before, why did want this particular job, my interests and hobbies, where did i see myself in the future etc. Working for club/fest activities etc can be highlighted as can be any other non-technical skills that may be useful like knowledge of foreign languages(i used this one) etc.
In another interview I was given a scenario in the workplace wherein some software develops a bug and I was expected to answer what I would do in the situation. I didn't really understand what answer was expected from this
so I said I'd send the software back to the development team (this wasn't the answer, this would take too long).
There was an emphasis on teamwork right throughout the selection process
Interview Tips
Be comfortable in your own skin and confident and cheerful in your HR interview
Skills

Skills Tested

  • C
  • DS
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • Kanetkar's books (for C),
General Tips
- Brush up your C from Kanetkar's books, they're pretty useful. DS too, but nothing fancy, just the basic stuff.<br />
- Familiarise yourself with the puzzles that're asked in interviews generally. They're often repeated.
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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 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 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 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.<br />
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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.<br />
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Goldman Sachs Software engineer interview

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Sachin AglaveFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Guwahati for Software engineer role at Goldman Sachs
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Problem Statement Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
No CPI cut off and It was open for all departments.
Round 2

Test

Duration
180 Minutes
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Multiple choice questions
  • Section 2: Subjective
Interview Experience
In muliple choice question Mostly questions were base on maths, probability, c programs, algorithms, Systems. If you are prepared then Questions were not that much tough. Keep strong concepts of Operating systems. For subjective part, Some problems were from maths proofs, some were from probability, some were from algo. We had to write algorithms. etc
Round 3

Problem Statement

Interview Experience
Questions were doable.
Round 4

Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell me about your internship, B.Tech project(BTP), CV
  • Question 2: Implement LRU cache.
  • Question 3: what is virtual memory? Will we need virtual memory even if we have infinite amount of RAM?
  • Question 4: Given an array, Find out maximum length of subarray where max of subarray <= 2*min of subarray
Interview Experience
Everyone was cool, They made me feel comfortable and then started asking questions.
Interview Tips
If you have good rank in online coding competition, do mention it in CV.Most of the students think that GS asks only probability-puzzles. They did not asked me any question on probability or puzzle. Everything they asked was based on Algorithms problems and Operating system. I think it depends on team for which they are hiring. Most important point is don’t lose hope because you have low CPI or you are not good at something. Keep Operating systems fundamental concepts strong.
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Coding Skills
  • Operating Systems
  • Problem solving skills
Skill Tips
Keep your OS fundamentals strong. To improve codgin skills practice as many problems as you can. Regularly participate in online coding competitions it really helps to solve or approach any new problem. Many time instead of correct answer the approach to solve the problems is very important. How you think, How you approach the problem is checked in interview.
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • Operating systems Concepts. ,
  • Introduction to Algorithms,
  • Coding Interview questions by Karumanchi,
Videos
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaA0vFKt-ew&list=PLLDC70psjvq5hIT0kfr1sirNuees0NIbG,
General Tips
We should balance in Placement and Compititive online coding. Keep in mind Placements and Compititive online coding are some what different things. Keep on improving our mistakes on daily basis. I would strongly suggest you to do introspection daily it will help you to find out your weaknesses and strong points, where we are going wrong etc. There are two thing on which we shoud focus.1. Preparation (I have told everything requered for preparation).2. Get output of all hard work. How to keep our mind on 100% output while the actual exam(placement).For this, I used to go for physical exercise daily in the morning and medidate for 20-30 minutes. Along with exercise i used to do Sudarshan Kriya(Art of Living). Meditation has lot of power :).
Motivation for applying
The name GS itself enogh for motivation.
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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 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 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 Anaylst interview

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Aviral JainFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Varanasi for Anaylst role at Goldman Sachs
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Technical Interview Puzzle Interview Other Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
You need to have a cgpa above 8.00 to be eligible for the written rounds of GS
Interview Tips
For every college there is a cgpa cutoff
Study well you can clear it with ease.
Round 2

Test

Duration
1+1 hr Minutes
No. of Questions
objective+subjective questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: obective(4 sections ,15 questions each)
  • Section 2: subjective(about 5-10 sections)
Interview Experience
For objective we had 4 sections maths,coding,aptitute,probability each had 15 questions which had majorly tough questions

For subjective round they have 5-10 sections but tine was lwss so you could attempt only 2-4 sections, sections were based on networking , coding ,maths , probability and so on
Interview Tips
For objective section study well and attempt as much as you can because most of the questions will go above your head

For subjective choose you sections wisely and attempt accordingly
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
Questions asked were of average toughness, some that i remember are
Stock buy and sell and its variation
Some questions of array,trees
Some normal agorithms and data structure questions
Interview Tips
Be calm think wisely the level of questions would be moderate you just have to give the approach
Round 4

Puzzle Interview

Interview Experience
Some puzzles such as weighing puzzles and so were asked that can be easily found on internet toughness was moderate
Interview Tips
Think and answer and if you are unable try to get hints asking some queations
Round 5

Other Interview

Interview Experience
Maths questions based on probability distribution, graphs , eigen values and vectors, expectation value and such things were asked
Interview Tips
Be confident and prepare some topics of maths, toughness level was good and i have to derive some formulas there
Round 6

HR Interview

Interview Experience
Asked about my previous projects and asked me.to explain them in details
Gave stress on points in my resumes and asked about it
And launguages that i have worked on and told the work that is done in their team
Interview Tips
Prepare the points in your resume well
Skills

Skills Tested

  • maths
  • aptitude
  • coding
  • projects done
  • networking
  • algorithms
Skill Tips
Prepare before hand for GS as it has a tough selection process
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • obejtive c/cpp,
  • cormen for algorithms,
General Tips
Shortlisting on the basis of CGPA, tough objective round , tough interviews <br />
Overall tough selection process
Motivation for applying
Package ofcourse and the opportunities they offer
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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.
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Problem solving abilities
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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

  • Ability to think of creative solutions.
  • Clear mental picture of who you want to be and whether or not GS will benefit from it
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.<br />
Think out the problems out loud.<br />
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.<br />
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
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 ‎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

    • Out of the box thinking.
    • How well you can think under pressure.
    • How can you adapt the solution to a simple problem to a much larger/complex one.
    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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