[Recruiting] My Worst Interviews I: Goldman Sachs

Recruiting is sort of picking up as some firms realized they are highly understaffed-

That reminds me of…my worst interviews.

When I was a college sophomore, I was very naive yet proud. Yup, shame on me.

This is long before I met Jesus…Not much humbleness or wisdom in me at that time.

Anyway, I got lucky and I got a Goldman Sachs interview, which I was super proud.

And I bombed it.

Why? Because I was underprepared and I didn’t know what I was doing.

Looking back, I feel so bad for wasting people’s time. I interviewed with a managing director and an associate (or VP).

I messed up on a bond question, I think, and I panicked. They probably smelt my destruction.

The only good thing was that the interview ended and that at least I gave a good handshake although I was devastated inside.

So what went wrong?

First, I was clearly not prepared. The web did not have much content back then. And all I relied was Vault, which was not enough. Also, I wasn’t really smart.

So a bond question or some brain teaser just blew me away-

Second, I panicked. I realized that the interviewers were not happy with me. So I did not cry but my faced showed it. Yup, that was naive.

Never ever panic-

Third, it was wayyy too competitive. I should have not gotten that interview. I think I got it because I was taking grad classes at the time but didn’t mean that I was smart. I was able to understand things but not very well.

Yup- I messed up badly. Looking back, it was a great experience. But back then I felt so bad. Because my friend got the offer later. I felt so jealous.

So the lesson of this post, you can get interviews by luck but if you are not well prepared and not so qualified then you will not get the job-

Thank You Jesus for another blessed day. Let us always be thankful and give You all the glory.

Rejoice at all times. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

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