Ask the Tech Recruiters: Mallory and Sam
Mallory and Sam are recruiters for the Technology Division in our New York office. Here they answer questions about the recruiting process and talk about how potential candidates can help themselves stand out.
What are some of the qualifications and majors you are looking for in potential candidates?
Sam: In terms of qualifications, we are looking for people who are innovative as far as developing software, contributing to open source, and other outside projects. And we want people who can hit the ground running, adapt and learn quickly.
Mallory: When looking at a candidate’s academic background, across all our offices we principally look for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math majors—the so-called “STEM” majors—and then we look for specific skills within that. Majors can vary from computer science to electrical engineering, but we are also looking for people who are passionate about technology.
How do you attract STEM majors to Technology careers at GS?
Mallory: In addition to being a global investment bank, we also view Goldman Sachs as a technology firm because technology drives everything we do and it is a core part of the services we offer. Nearly one in four people at Goldman Sachs works in Technology, showcasing the long-term investment to the division. One of the most attractive things about a role in Technology is that our developers work alongside their end users—like investment bankers and traders—who will be using the products and systems they develop.
Sam: It’s true—one of the main benefits of working in Technology here is the ability to get direct, real-time feedback from the end user. It is part of the culture, and it’s pretty unique. You get to see what you and your team work on come full-circle – and be part of solving that business problem from beginning to end.
What are other unique aspects of working in Technology?
Mallory: There is a diversity of projects you could work on, from shorter-term to longer-term projects. We foster creativity. For example, we’ve developed some of our own mobile apps and we strive to be at the forefront of our industry with these tools and their development.
When does the Technology Division start looking at candidates for the internship program?
Sam: We’re starting the recruiting process now and getting out on campus for the September through November recruiting season. It’s a rolling deadline, and we want to get the word out about our opportunities.
What advice do you have for a candidate who will be interviewing with the Technology Division?
Sam: First of all, while candidates will be interviewing for technology roles, they should understand what Goldman Sachs does as an investment bank. Gaining some knowledge of the financial services industry and researching information about the Technology Division, for example, are good first steps.
Mallory: It’s really important, too, that candidates include their latest projects and technical skills on their resumes, whether those projects were done in or outside of their classrooms. As a recruiter, it’s helpful to know if a candidate has participated in hackathons, worked on the design and development of an app, or programmed a search algorithm. It gives us a better understanding of their interests, creativity and skill set.
Do you have any other advice?
Mallory: Candidates should be open-minded about the opportunities as they start the recruiting process, including the companies they are considering and speaking with. It may not be obvious to some, but Goldman Sachs has a lot of opportunities for developers and the financial technology field offers a really exciting and challenging work environment as a starting place for their career.
Sam: Also, don’t be surprised to see us at the big computer science and engineering conferences – we go where we know talented people are looking to talk with tech employers.