Goldman Sachs Vice President Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 18, 2014
Updated Aug 18, 2014
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Vice President Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I interviewed 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed 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 interviewed 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 interviewed 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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    Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Bangalore (India)
    Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Application Details

    I interviewed 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
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    Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed 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
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    Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs.

    Interview Details

    Be prepared for 10+ interviews

    Interview Questions
    • In my case, nothing too difficult or unexpected. Be prepared to discuss previous experiences in an insightful manner.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Met with 10 people, either live, VC, or phone

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    Called by HR person about a week after submitting resume. Interview was with hiring manager and managing director. Basic questions about background etc. Questions related to position and why I wanted to work with GS. Called back in about 3 days from HR person that they selected another person.

    Interview Questions
    • Why did I want to work with GS (it's obvious why but having a legit reason is harder).   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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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 interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 4 months - interviewed at Goldman Sachs in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    Had 17 interviews for a specific role, only to be told that the role was no longer available. They considered me for another position and I had an additional 5 interviews. Of the 22 interviews, 3 were with Partner MDs. Overall, was a long and grueling interview process spanning 3+ months. Most of the interview questions were behavioral, with a few technical questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Most of the interview questions were behavioral and meant to learn more about my past experience. Several questions were technical.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Worked with a recruiter, so that helped with the negotiation phase.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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