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How To Get A Job At Goldman Sachs


So somebody who has cried
in a Goldman Sachs interview has gotten the job? Oh, yeah. Oh, really? Yeah. And people who have come in my office and cried have gotten promotions. Is there a perfect major to have in college to work at Goldman Sachs? There is not. Really? There
really isn’t. I can major in Poetry? I can major in Art? You can. C’mon. You can. Now, you could say to me, is there a more common major? Right. But I wouldn’t call it “perfect” because it still wouldn’t necessarily be the be the majority. So, obviously anything around Finance or Accounting or Econ, Computer Science. Those are core majors. English? Look at a lot of the people that sit at the senior most level of our firm and what their majors were. OK, what were they?
They’re not. They’re English. Really? How do you show grit on a resume? Sure. Let me give you an example, a theoretical example of somebody who has grit. So, they have a double major and maybe it’s a strange double major. They have Biology and Economics. OK, so a bizarre double major. But they’ve decided, “I’m passionate about these things and while everybody would suggest that I shouldn’t do it because of what it’ll do to my GPA, I’m doing it anyway.” OK. OK. OK. Two, they actually have a job while they’re in school. That shows that, “Hey, I have to manage my life. I have to do that as well.” And then, let’s say also as a result of that, it becomes clear to you that they’re spending things on, like, community work or other things. You know, it’s interesting what you point out are sort of three things that your parents are probably telling you not to do. Don’t have a double major, don’t work while you’re in school and you don’t do community service while you’re in college because you really need to be focusing on your grades. Think about the person who says no to that. They say, “I’m so passionate about these things. I want to do them. I don’t want what’s necessarily easy. It’s OK that it’s hard. I’m gonna figure it out.” That is somebody with deep levels of grit. And then what about the interview? Like, you know, people come into these interviews, they’re nervous. I’m talking about college, MBA and early lateral hires. They’re nervous. It’s Goldman Sachs. You know, people have told me stories about failing. Failure is a big part of getting to understand how someone operates and what motivates them. And so, in interviews, when somebody says, “Hey, I did this thing, it didn’t go well and I own it and I acknowledge it. And here’s what I learned from it,” tends to be a better interview because there’s some honesty and some transparency versus stock answers. You know, it’s a little counterintuitive to say, “Go into your Goldman Sachs interview and say, ‘I failed.'” Right? I mean, that’s not what most people think that they should do in an interview. But you’re saying that it’s OK. Well, yes. If you phrase it that way, that sounds that way. But I’ll phrase it in a different way. If I say, “Go on an interview and be honest. And be real.” And everybody fails. I myself have conducted job interviews where people have cried and I say, don’t worry about it, you’re not the first person who has cried. Tears happen? Sure. Most case where this has happened it’s because they were touched personally because they overcame something that hurt. And it was almost… It wasn’t like tears of, “Oh, god, I ruined this interview.” It was tears of like, “That was a meaningful moment for me. And I shared it.” The whole real point is, can you be an honest person? Can you be a transparent, authentic person? And when we’re gonna to put you in a very demanding high expectation job,
it’s better the more that we understand you, what motivates you, what drives you. Give me the example of something that you would see on a resume or an interview that you would find very interesting, that somebody sort of has a … That their hobby is, like, luging. It’s anything that ends up being different than what you might have expected that shows that they live a rich life. We generally like interesting people. And one of the things we say to people is “be interesting.” What if somebody asks you about work-life balance? Is that a turn-off or turn-on? That’s great.
Really? Yeah. No, of course. C’mon, going into
an investment bank. There’s like … “Tell me about your work-life balance?” Think. I mean, come on. If somebody asks me, “Tell me about work-life balance,” I would view that as a very thoughtful question they’re asking me. OK, so cry and ask about work-life balance. But let me tell you why work-life balance matters. So, it’s very hard to determine when work begins and life ends. Right? These days. These days, you’re connected all the time. Where does it begin? Where does it end? Part of our responsibilities as employers is to serve that whole person. We understand that there is not just a “work person” and a “life person.” There is a person. And so we have to address it all. And I think somebody coming in wanting to understand what that feels like and as they’re managing their life, how are they going to be able to manage? Will I have flexibility to do these things? Can I do that? How does it work in this job? What are your expectations? I view it not only as OK, I view it as entirely reasonable.

50 Replies to “How To Get A Job At Goldman Sachs”

  • As a student studying economics I would love to one day work at a company like Goldman Sachs!

  • I spoke with an alum from my high school that worked at mckinsey and he said they were looking for people that were high impact. I would imagine the same at goldman.

    A lot is interviewing well, knowing your resume, and telling powerful, albeit super short stories. The interviewer will really be able to assess if you went through a lot. Your hard work will show! I read a post about somebody that worked at mcdonalds and it was amazing what they said they learned there. Much more than flipping burgers… Good luck! I wish I worked at goldman right after college

  • I worked at Goldman for 4 years. Got the position through an older colleague who referred me to a manager on his floor. The guys who got in through the traditional interviewing process had to go multiple rounds and had perfect resumes, and haircuts.

  • I hate to say this but I had clients from Goldman sachs

    Most of them depressed as hell from long hours etc and hated it

    👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻

  • I feel like a lot of this is just softing the hard truth about Goldman sachs because I double majored (finance and econ) I am working in college as a teller, I started an investment club, and I still can't even get an internship.

  • I got an interview for an internship only open to Harvard, MIT, Wharton and Stanford because of grit. People love to see it, and firms are looking for a way to quantify it.

  • No freaking Wayyy you don't just LAND a job to Goldman Sachs. This is like freaking Golden State Warriors of the finance World, humm wait actually maybe BlackRock or Morgan is Golden State. Anyways, you gotta know how to ball in an elite level to get in lol.

  • Be an emotional honest person and you will get in? I am currently in college and to me is hard to believe what this is trying to show. Doesn’t a high GPA, networking and/or previous finance experience will help you get your foot on the door??

  • CNBC or Jim Cramer is one of the investors he tries to get sharks into the pool there as they always needs victims, just check the case with the 22 year old french guy who worked there, back in the days

  • I spent the first 7 years of my career at Goldman, when it was a private partnership until just after its IPO. It’s a great institution because of the fantastic people that work there. What I learned there and the people I met have been absolutely critical to my career success. My business partner also spent 7 years at GS and we overlapped although we never met. I find that having GS work experience in common with someone is a positive and the alumni network is strong, as strong as any university’s, such as the network from UPenn which is my alma mater.

  • This made me laugh. I actually have accepted a 2020 IB analyst role at Goldman so I can somewhat speak about this topic. They aren't lying when they say your major doesn't matter, my friends studies music and works in Goldmans asset management. However they fail to tell you that to be even remotely ready to take on one of their interviews you need at least a couple hundred hours of studying and solid understanding of finance etc. While all that other stuff matter (personality etc.) get burnt on 1 or 2 softball technicals and its game over lmao.

  • we all know that non related majors can work at a financial field. What we really want to know is what these ppl (non related majors) should do in order to get in the field.

  • This is how you get into Goldman Sachs. Double major in economics and finance from an Ivy League school with a 3.7 gpa and about 4 internships related to banking on your resume.

  • This dude works in HR and therefore has basically no say in hiring decisions. I would ignore most of what he says. Go to a target school, be a stud, interview well and you'll have a chance. Don't cry, and definitely don't ask about work-life balance.

  • (((goldman sachs))). should have never been bailed out. the vampire squid of usury is everything wrong with america. should never let the christ killers into banking.

  • I like this guy he is very personable and realistic. A lot of interviews expect you to never admit failure or never cry or never admit you are looking for work life balance. It's refreshing to hear that he acknowledges these things are reality and a huge factor when people are looking for jobs.

  • If you want to be in GS Private Wealth Management the #1 thing you need to demonstrate in an interview is that you will be able to open accounts and make the bank money. If you can do that the rest of your credentials hardly matter at all.

  • I’m going to do a double major in economics and chemical engineering I need to get a job at Goldman to be successful

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