Ja, financiële kennis moet je hebben, en een kruiwagen kan ook geen kwaad, maar om aangenomen te worden bij de zakenbank Goldman Sachs moet je ook op heel andere kwesties een antwoord weten. Wat je van Adolf Hitler vindt, bijvoorbeeld.
The 21 trickiest questions you’ll have to answer if you want to work at Goldman Sachs
To get a job at Goldman Sachs you’ve got to know your stuff (having the right alma mater doesn’t hurt, either). But financial knowledge alone isn’t enough to land you a gig at the firm that recently ranked No. 4 on Universum Global’s 2015 World’s Most Attractive Employers list.
Consider: Last year, Goldman hired 8,300 employees out of 270,000 applicants — a 3% success rate.
To make the cut you’ll need to prove you have the skills, the experience, and the motivation to thrive, and you’ll also need to prove you’re a cultural fit. In other words: You’ll need to ace the interview.
We sifted through reports from Glassdoor to find some of the trickiest, and diciest, interview questions Goldman has to offer. Whether you’re applying to be a summer associate or a VP, here are a few questions to master before you walk in the door.
1. “If you were an object, what would you be?” — Financial analyst candidate
2. “How many square feet of pizza is eaten in the US each year?” — Programmer analyst candidate
3. “What is more important, creativity or efficiency?” — Operations analyst candidate
4. “If a trader comes to you with a trade that he wants you to do immediately, but you need to go through the appropriate means to make sure it’s good for the company, what do you do?” — Summer analyst candidate
5. “If you were arrested for something that you believed wasn’t wrong, what would you do?” — Hedge fund analyst candidate
6. “What’s your opinion about Adolf Hitler?” — Operations analyst candidate
7. “If I asked one of your honest friends to tell me one good and bad thing about yourself, what would they say?” — Research associate candidate
8. “Name a current issue in the news that will affect business at Goldman.” — Analyst intern candidate
9. “What in your opinion led to the financial crisis?” — Operations analyst candidate
10. “Do you need us more than we need you?” — Mortgage private wealth candidate
11. “Can you tell me about a time when you were in a team as a member, not a leader?” — Corporate service and real estate candidate
12. “Suppose you had eight identical balls. One of them is slightly heavier and you are given a balance scale. What’s the fewest number of times you have to use the scale to find the heavier ball?” —Software engineering intern candidate
13. “What is the most interesting business idea you’ve ever heard about?” — Analyst candidate
14. “What happens when you type Google.com into the web browser?” — Summer analyst candidate
15. “What do you do if a client insists on making a trade or transaction that you know is not profitable for them in the long run, but it would benefit the bank?” — Operations analyst candidate
16. “What frustrates you?” — Financial analyst candidate
17. “What is one characteristic you have that would prevent us from hiring you?” — Operations analyst
18. “Tell me about a time that you failed and weren’t able to fix it?” — Summer associate
19. “If you were asked to move this 30-plus story building across the Hudson River, what would you do?” — Technology analyst candidate
20. “Is there anything about this job which makes you nervous?” —Operations analyst candidate
21. “What would cause you to stop using the internet?” —Extended managing director