Careers Blog – Ask the Recruiter: Interview Tips

Goldman Sachs’ questions about your motivation
  • Why Goldman Sachs? …
  • Why do you want this job?
  • Why did you leave your previous job> Why do you want to leave your current role?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • What motivates you most in work?
  • Why and when did you become interested in finance?

How to Answer Goldman Sachs’ HireVue Interview Questions

How to prepare for the questions and tests

The best way to prepare for the technical questions, and for the personality tests, is having the right mindset, and knowing a lot about Goldman Sachs, their activities and business practices.

Plus, of course, you should know a lot about your field of expertise (think marketing, investment banking, programming, etc, depending on the job you try to get with them).

What is more, You should spend enough time researching about the company, trying to learn as much as you can about their goals and values, their clients, and the working environment. Check also the controversial stuff-there’s a lot of it online. The more you know the easier it will be for you to find the answers.

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While we unfortunately aren’t able to physically recruit at every campus, we value diversity in the schools we hire from and know that there are a lot of great institutions out there that we don’t visit. That’s why we offer a variety of events held at our Goldman Sachs offices as well as virtual opportunities. Visit our new events portal to find out the best way for you to engage with us.

For every work experience you’ve had and for every organization you’re involved in, be prepared to go beyond what’s on your resume and speak to specific projects you worked on or efforts you spearheaded. Provide details on what your responsibilities were, what skills you applied and what learnings you took away from the experience. Then quantify the results.

As students get told over and over, one of the biggest mistakes you can make in an interview is not asking questions at the conclusion. Stay away from logistical questions– you can follow up with your recruiter afterwards. Asking one to two business-related questions, a question about company culture and a question about the interviewer’s personal experience is a good guide.

The most important thing in any interview is being your authentic self. Don’t feel like you have to change up your story simply for the sake of variety. However, if you find an opportunity to tailor your message to the person you are interviewing with that’s usually an effective strategy. Take note of the interviewer’s background and job function which they generally discuss at the beginning of the interview; you may find you have a perfect way to position your experience that will resonate with that individual.

Do your research! Start by determining what areas of the firm you’re interested in and why. Our Divisions is a great place to start and our website offers a lot of in depth information about divisions and the firm. Once you’ve decided which divisions you’re most interested in, prepare to explain what specifically interests you about those divisions and what traits you have that could make you successful in those areas. It’s all about drawing connections between your skillset and the role you want to work in at Goldman Sachs. You should also read up on current events and industry trends related to those divisions in order to understand them in a larger context.

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