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Goldman Sachs Interview Experience for Fresher Software Analyst, Aug 2020

Posted: 6 Apr 2022
Interview Rounds
Application Process

Interview Process

Online Coding Interview

120 minutes
2 Aug 2020

This round was held in the evening at 6 o'clock on Hackerrank. It had coding questions: easy, medium, and hard level and MCQ's ( 1 minute for each MCQ). Negative marking was also there.

Word Search

You are given a two-dimensional grid having 'N' rows and 'M' columns, consisting of upper case characters. You are also given a word 'WORD'. You have...

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Climbing the leaderboard

Given a leaderboard of a game with the following ranking pattern:

The player with the highest score is ranked number 1 on the leaderboard.

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Round - 2


3.5 months
I covered major data structure topics like Arrays, Stacks, Queues, Linked List, Trees, Graphs, backtracking, Dynamic Programming. After reading each topic, I tried to practice maximum questions on the concerned topic from Coding Ninjas, geeksforgeeks, Hackerrank and when stuck on a question, I preferred watching solution videos provided by Coding Ninjas.
Preparation Tip

Tip 1 : It is important to practice coding consistently because it is what enables you to solve interview-questions in the stipulated time. But before this, it is even important to have a clear understanding of all the data-structures, so that they can be easily implemented as and when required to solve a problem. It is also mandatory to have a clear understanding of the time and space complexities of algorithms because this is what you are judged upon in real interviews. Good intuition and a good approach to solve a problem is what really helps to crack the interview of such companies. 
Tip 2 : They do not judge you upon the number of internships you have done or the number of projects you have made. A single ,good-quality project is sufficient, provided you have in-depth knowledge about it. What matters to them is how efficient learner you are, how good is your problem-solving skill and also how confident you are with your answers. 
Tip 3 : Practise topic -wise questions, participate in lots of coding contests, watch lots of Youtube solutions even after you could solve a question, because you may find a different approach that is efficient than yours and watching video solutions is always a better option than just reading the solution , as it gives a clear and deeper understanding of the logics . Also pray hard along with your preparation.

Application Process

Above 7 CGPA
Resume Tip

Tip 1 : Keep your resume short and clear. Mention your projects and internships with a brief description and year of completion. Mention coding languages are known to you, or other technical skills that you are good at. Do not mention anything that you are not good at. Highlight the topics that you are really good at. 
Tip 2 : Be very honest and figure out only those things in your resume that you really know. Anything extra or unknown may have a negative impact upon your interview if asked by the interviewer.

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