So when interviewing with Risk, I would highlight alignment with the group focus; so in this case, you should highlight understanding of the financial statements, expert use of excels, intellectual curiosity, and ability to gain an understanding of what is happening with a problem/project with very limited data. If you make it to a superday, just understand that they want to make sure you're smart enough to handle the work and they want you to do well; they will rarely be throwing curveball questions mean to trip you up.
Excellent communication skills, experience with project management, ability to work in big and small teams, willingness to learn, knack for innovating and making things better, a good story as to why you want to work in a bank but on its regulatory side
Former Investment Banking Summer Analyst at Goldman Sachs
over 2 years ago
There are a number of things - teamwork is huge at Goldman so try to highlight your ability to work as a team player wherever you can. Depending on your exact role, there will be various technical questions that for me pertained largely to things I had on my resume. If you have a prior internship or coursework listed, they may use those as a basis for the questions they ask you. You want to show them that you've gotten the right takeaways from all the experiences you choose to highlight. For instance, I had a prior internship in fixed income asset management so I got questions on the credit analysis I did for new issue loans our firm was planning to invest in. For GSB specifically, I drew on my experience in the cohort and consulting cup as the basis for a lot of my answers. The superday interviews are looking to see if you have a certain set of competencies they want in an analyst so go through your resume, and figure out a handful of stories about your experiences that you could use to demonstrate you have them. One story can usually be spun a few different ways to exemplify different skillsets. I'm sure this changes often enough but when I was interviewing and then interning - the criteria they were testing for were Tenacity/Drive, commitment to diversity, integrity, teamwork, & intellectual curiosity. I'd focus on showing how each experience on your resume demonstrates these criteria (again - they're definitely subject to change year-to-year) and be able to communicate it in a clear and concise manner. Most important -- stay calm, cool, & collected, especially in the event that you get a question you have no idea how to answer.
This will depend on the division of the bank that the position you’re applying to falls within (e.g. banking versus legal, etc). From a general standpoint, though, Goldman values teamwork and ambition / going above and beyond in all your endeavors. You do not need to have a finance background or major in Economics to get a job here – I was a history major, and they actually value nontraditional concentrations highly as they set you apart from other applicants. Write down these two values, and think of one corresponding example or story for each one. The most important thing you can do in the interview is have a very positive attitude and emphasize your eagerness to learn and work for Goldman in particular (versus other bulge-bracket firms). Find out what makes Goldman unique from other banks—look on their website at how they describe themselves.
Your interview is a chance for them to learn about who you are. Know your resume inside out and be able to talk about everything you've included. Also, try to relate how your past experience academically or professionally, relates to the specific division or desk you're interested in. Lastly, research the division you re interviewing ahead of time and be able to ask your interviewers questions about what they do.