Goldman Sachs Vice President Interview Questions

Updated Sep 3, 2014
Updated Sep 3, 2014
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Vice President Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in July 2014.

Interview Details

The initial call to me was from the HR Team informing me about the series of telephonic interview that i've to appear. The interviews kept on happening, some were cancelled on ad-hoc basis and rescheduled at a very short notice. The questions asked by the interviewers were very structured and relevant to the work done by me. Nothing was asked outside my CV. However, the basic questions were repeated and made me felt as if they were following a script.

After appearing for all the interviews (around 5-6 rounds) up-to the level of MD, I was scheduled to visit their office for a final face to face discussion with the HOD. I was asked to book my tickets and thereafter the HR calls and informs me that the interview has been cancelled because one of the panel members was travelling out of India suddenly. Thereafter I never heard from them.

Interview Questions
  • For a VP position they asked me the question about standard costing which was very unexpected.   Answer Question
No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Bangalore
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Very Lenghty, take time to communicate, 1st interview happened in a week via telecon, the next one took more than a month, and then still longer

    Interview Questions
    • I would not say anything was difficult, it was more in communication and constant followup with HR is what takes toll   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I had joined elsewhere

    Declined Offer
    Difficult Interview
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    Hiring at GS is a very lengthy process for laterals. This begins with a call from the recruiter who judges your communications to see if he / she can even present you to the hiring Manager. Once you pass this barrier – mostly not a correct barrier as the recruiter is ill equipped to assess a senior member, you are presented to the hiring manager. The hiring manager is still awaiting budget approvals – but will proceed with the interview any ways as he is just fishing for good talent without a position in mind. If the budget comes through – there will be 20 more rounds where everyone who is even remotely connected to your department will want to speak to you and provide an opinion.

    Interview Questions
    • Interview is purly based on luck - there is no evaluation of true talent.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Bangalore
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in January 2008.

    Interview Details

    About 8-10 rounds.
    For tech division, the interviews can be quite technical. Expect about 4-5 rounds of tech, problem solving, team mgmt experience, fit rounds. Communication skills are closely monitored as it is a consensus driven organisation and there are a lot of calls to attend.

    Interview Questions
    • There is no one difficult question. At junior tech levels, the interviews can go into details of core java, c++ or whichever language you've specified.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Bangalore
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    Hiring manager chooses the best interviewers he has in each area that the candidate will interviewed on. So it is important that the candidates resume is concise with knowledge/skills that he can defend. It is better to avoid topics/skill-sets with superficial knowledge.

    Interview Questions
    • Structured Credit:
      Given a portfolio of 5 names of equal weight. What is the price of a First to Default Tranche for
      a. 100% Correlation
      b. 0% Correlation
      The 5 names have a CDS spread of 50,100,200,400 and 500 respectively.

      Would the price change if you are pricing a 0-20% tranche? Explain why?
        Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Had better opportunities, with my current firm. After the offer I inquired into the role, team etc. and realized that the role was not appropriate for me. The new role would have meant for me to move from managing a team with senior(more experience) people to being part of a team with junior(less experience) people.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Bangalore
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    They conducted more than 15+ rounds of interview over a long period of 2 months. After initial few weeks, I stopped asking when would the interview process end. Most of the questions in different interview rounds were repetitive. Every interviewer stated a few great things about the company & gave opportunity to ask questions. Used all means of interviewing including telephone calls, video conferencing, tele-presence, telephonic panel interview, in-person interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe team management issues that you faced and how did you handle them.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    Multiple interviews across team members. Several days of appointments. Everyone was on time for interviews and questions were primarily seeking how I was as a leader and how my experience would be applied in current/available role.

    Interview Questions
    • Did not find any question too difficult. Most questions related to skills and experience I had, and being able to tell how I'd apply them in the position for which I was interviewing.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    I was hired as an "experienced hire" and had about 15 interviews, up to the CIO at the time. It was a different time, and the emphasis on getting fresh, experienced talent was there in IT.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about the most difficult professional challenge you've had to deal with in the past 5 years   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    My recruiter at the time did negotiate and got me a very decent base salary. I had no idea how good the cash year-end bonus would be, so my gross yearly salary ended up being easily 3x my prior job.

    They did change my job title in the end though. Verbally they said I would be a Technical Analyst Level 3, but when I got the offer letter it was specified as TA02. I called and questioned it, but they said, "Oh, it doesn't matter.. it's just a title and it doesn't change the amount of money we've offered." A year later I was promoted and I was given a raise (every year for 8 years, by the way), but I don't believe the initial title change didn't impact something.
    Accepted Offer
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    Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    12 interviews over 2 month period (mainly due availability of interviewers). Emphasize being a team player who is also a self starter. Workaholic tendencies encouraged. Know the 14 business principles, history of the firm, etc.

    Interview Questions
    • Why are you a job hopper (nearly half the employees are lifers -- having more than three jobs is considered job hopping).   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They will offer you the same base, with emphasis that you will be eligible for a bonus. Negotiate. Likelihood that all 12+ interviewers all agreed on another candidate is slim and they don't want to go through the interview process again.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Tokyo (Japan)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tokyo (Japan)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    You will be interviewed by at least 10 people. They don't all need to agree but should. If they do offer you it means you are viewed as "in" the team.

    Interview Questions
    • What is your core competency...if you were to do any job, what would it be? ( and don't simply say the job you are applying for...)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I declined it at first but accepted it after we clarified the position and expectations further. Be prepared to walk away if you don't get that "hell yeah!" Feeling in your gut.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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