Goldman Sachs Securities Interview – Spring Internship

by Mai Le | Sep 18, 2016


Some first bits on the logistics





    • What’s the formal title of the position you interviewed for?
      Spring Intern



    • Were you able to choose the time slot yourself?


    • And this interview was therefore…
      In the morning





Goldman Sachs Securities Interview

Let’s talk about this first round interview in some details


    • Were there any personal / CV-based questions? If yes, what were they?
      Yes. Tell me about yourself. An ambiguous question, but expectant of a focused answer.


    • Were there any competencies questions? If yes, what were they?
      Tell me a time when you demonstrate teamwork.


    • Were there any technical questions? If yes, what were they?
      Tell me something that interests you in the financial markets.


    • Any other weird questions we haven’t covered?
      1. Brainteaser – There is this special kind of ropes made from some non-homogeneous material. Because of this special material, the rope takes exactly one hour to burn if lighted from one end. However, as the material is not uniform across the rope, different parts of rope may take different amount of time. So for example, one half may take 1 minute where as other half may take 59 minutes to burn.a) You are given two such ropes and you need to measure 45 minutes.b) You are given only one such rope and you need to measure 15 minutes.2. Ethical question – You drove to an interview. There is a handicap parking spot directly outside the building. There is a legal parking spot 20 minutes away from the building. You will make it it in time if you park in the handicap spot illegally outside the building. You will be late if you park 20 minutes away from the building. Where will you park?


    • What was the most difficult / unusual question among these? How did you deal with it?
      The brainteaser and ethical question mentioned in e. I explained my thinking process. I demonstrate my abilities to experiment, and persevered, prompting her guidance which lead me to the answer.’I am one with strong moral principles, but let’s consider this question few ways.
      First – financially. If I get a fine of say 100£ but may secure a job of XX,XXX£, this is a worth it investment. However,
      Second – ethical effects. Will I harm anyone if i parked on this spot? I couldn’t quite the bear the thought of a disabled person facing difficulties in mobility because of my inconsiderate actions.
      Third – probability. What is the probability that there will be a disabled person at 9am in the city of London on Fleet Street? What is the probability that I will be late to the most important interview in my life?Seeing as I arrived 2 hours before my interview today, it is highly unprobable that I will be late to an interview, however to answer the question in hand, I will not park in the handicap spot regardless of how financially sound the decision is, because I cannot bear going against my moral principles and causing discomfort to disabled just because of bad organisation skills – I will inform HR on hand and be late to registration instead. The interview after all, may start an hour after registration which is what happened today.


    • What was the most unexpected thing about this first round interview ?
      How friendly the interviewer was and how quick it went. It might seem like the questions were easy, but ambiguous easy questions are the toughest – it depends on you to take ownership of the steering wheel in focusing your answers to exemplify all the qualities GS is looking for – teamwork, leadership, integrity.


    • Did you progress to the next stage?


    • How long roughly did it take for you to hear back about this outcome?
      7 days exactly. I interviewed on Friday morning 9am and received a phone call on the next Friday evening 5pm.


    • Via what means did you hear back about this outcome?




  • Before you go, is there anything else you think will help other candidates ace this first round interview at Goldman Sachs?
    Be yourself and show that you are more than the normal applicant – do you play music? have you volunteered in a LEDC? have you found a green movement? Don’t write scripts, prepare bullet points because we don’t want to eliminate your candid appeal in the interview. BE ENERGETIC AND NICE.


Goldman Sachs Overview

Headquarters: New York, NY
Size: 10000+ Employees
Founded: 1869
Type: Company – Public (GS)
Industry: Investment Banking & Asset Management
Revenue: $10+ billion (USD)

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Written By Mai Le

Mai worked for Goldman Sachs in London for many years as an investment banking associate. When she was at LSE, her seniors used to pass her notes of their interviews as well as their cover letters, which helped her tremendously in her job search. This site is a way for her to pay it forward, obtaining qualified materials from her friends and contributors, and building a similar community to pass the resources on to you.

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