This is a bona fide interview question that Goldman Sachs posed to its operations analyst candidates in 2014. Needless to say, it’s considered one of the toughest questions the financial firm has ever asked. It might seem ludicrous, but throwing an edgy curve-ball into a job interview can reveal a lot about the candidate’s ability to perform under pressure and respond to the unexpected. (Also, they might really like Hitler.)
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The movers-and-shakers who run Goldman Sachs have a reputation for being gung-ho, arrogant mavericks. They were also among the chief beneficiaries of the US government’s massive bailout of Wall Street. We therefore hesitate to recommend any of their workplace practices; particularly bringing up Hitler to potential employees.
With that said, there could be a method to the aforementioned madness. It’s the kind of question that is guaranteed to completely throw the candidate’s game plan and force them to think on their feet. This can be valuable intel if they’re applying for a high-pressure position.
There’s really only one correct response to this question (“I don’t like him”) — but it can be expressed in myriad ways. Do they react jovially? Get offended? Turn the question back on the interviewer? Depending on the type of employee you want, any of these responses could be the right one.
The 10 trickiest Goldman Sachs interview questions [Business Insider]