The digital interviews have begun. If you're trying to get a job in an investment bank now, you will typically be asked to complete a Hirevue interview as part of your application process.
For anyone unfamiliar with this new(ish) method of screening candidates, Hirevue interviews don't involve you speaking to an actual human being. They're a fully automated process in which you interact with your webcam and the system records your answers to preset questions. In most cases, an actual recruiter will review your application later - but this doesn't need to happen. Hirevue has developed a complicated algorithm built around machine learning, which assesses your interview across 15,000 different dimensions (including body language, speech patterns, blinking) and works out if you're similar to high performers already working for the bank you're interviewing with.
From this point of view, gaming your Hirevue interview is a bit of a nightmare. - How are you supposed to know how quickly top Goldman IBD analysts speak, whether they gesticulate a lot, and how frequently they blink?
If you can't prime yourself for the more esoteric aspects of a Hirevue interview, you can at least anticipate the questions you'll have to answer. Fundamentally, Hirevue interviews are about one thing: behavioural (behavioral in the U.S.) questions - you should also be ready for at least one more technical question pertaining to the division you're applying for.
If you're completing a Hirevue interview with Goldman Sachs, you can expect five or six questions. 80% of them will be either behavioural or situational (ie. asking what you'd do in particular situations). 20% will be division-specific, which can be confusing if you've applied to multiple GS divisions as it's not always clear which one has issued the interview. You'll get 30 seconds to prepare each answer and two minutes to speak to the camera. There are no second chances. - If you don't get to the point, you'll run out of time. The whole thing will be over in around 30 minutes and if you're successful, you should hear back within two weeks.
At J.P. Morgan, you can expect five to seven questions per Hirevue interview. As at Goldman Sachs, you'll get at least 30 seconds to prepare and around three minutes to answer each questions (although both vary by question). Also as at Goldman Sachs, there will be no second chances.
At most banks, the questions are fairly standard. If you get asked questions that are not on the list below, please let us know in the comment box at the bottom of this page.
Goldman Sachs video interview questions:
Talk me through what happened in your banking internship.
Walk me through your resume.
What do you want to work in investment banking?
Why do you want to work for Goldman Sachs?
Why do you want to work for division X?
What is it about your past experience that has made you want to work for division X?
What's the most important experience you've had in your career so far? Why?
What is your biggest achievement so far?
What does division X do?
Talk me through how division X fits into the firm? (Eg. How does compliance strengthen the firm? How does the finance division protect the assets of the firm?)
Tell me about an asset class you're interested [this is asked in securities interviews].
Why do you want to work in location Z?
Talk me through a time you were working in a team and someone wasn't pulling their weight.
Talk me through a time you were working in a team and you took the initiative to make a change.
Tell talk me through a time where you had to solve a problem in an innovative way.
Talk me through a time you had to resolve a conflict with someone senior to you.
Give me an example of a time when you worked in a team with conflict. How did you deal with this?
Talk me through a time that you demonstrated leadership?
What would make you a good fit with Goldman Sachs?
What's your core expertise? How have you applied that to a project?
What's your greatest strength?
Why did you choose your major?
What's the hardest problem you ever encountered? How did you overcome it?
Describe a situation that required you to overcome substantial obstacles or adversity. - What approach did you take to overcome though? What motivated you to persist?
Please describe a time when a teacher or manager questioned a decision you made and you had to explain the reasoning reasoning behind that decision. Please describe your thought process and the outcome. Looking back, would you have done anything differently?
Your teacher assigns you to a group to complete an important class project. The classmates in the assigned group all know each other really well, but you do not know any of them. How can you ensure that you work effectively with the group?
J.P. Morgan video interview questions:
Why J.P. Morgan?
Why this role?
Which skills did you gain during your internship or past investment banking experience that will make you a good fit for this role?
How are the three financial statements linked? (Asked in IBD interviews)
What are the benefits of raising equity and what are the benefits of raising debt? (Asked in IBD interviews)
Talk to us about a recent transaction we were involved in which interests you. (Asked in IBD interviews)
Can you tell us about a time you've acted as a leader?
What leadership experience or extracurricular activity on your resume is most important to you? Why?
Why do you think you will succeed in this role? What makes you a good fit?
What has been your greatest challenge? How did you overcome it?
What are your best qualities?
Can you tell us about a time you worked in a team to solve a problem?
Can you tell us about a time you had to resolve a conflict at work? How did you achieve that? What happened?
What interests you about current affairs now? Why?
Can you talk about your experience of changing your approach quickly to achieve a goal?
What unique experiences and expertise could you bring to our team?
Pitch me a stock you're interested in.
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