Goldman Sachs Says I'd Be a Lousy Banker

Ever wonder if you have what it takes to work at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.? A career quiz on its website, mentioned today in Politico's Morning Money newsletter, might give you a good idea, if you don't mind answering a few goofy questions.

Goldman would first like to know a little bit about your pedigree. What college did you attend? What degree did you earn? And where would you like to work?

I didn't go to Harvard, but my alma mater did want to be Harvard on the Potomac. No big deal. I tried both schools, and entered different majors, and the quiz results turned out the same both times.

There are 14 multiple choice questions, most about careers seemingly more exciting than finance (but maybe you think Microsoft Excel is awesome):

  • You are a project manager in an architecture firm that's designing the world's largest Ferris Wheel -- one that will tower over the Sao Paulo skyline. Which of the following tasks would you most want to handle?

  • You've been working as a personal assistant to an actor for several years. She recently started a nonprofit to provide food for people affected by famine, and she's asked you to join her organization. Which job would you take on?

  • You're an assistant manager of a successful bar. The owner tells you he's opening an art gallery and he'd like you to be the manager. The idea is intriguing, but you know this could be a risky move for both of you. How would you approach the situation?

Based on my answers, Goldman Sachs thinks I'd thrive in technology, the executive office or global investment research. I'm least suited for investment banking, investment management and merchant banking.

You can "let your friends know where you fit at Goldman Sachs" by posting the quiz results to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+. Or, if you think you might actually want to pursue one of those career paths, there's an iPhone app to guide you through Goldman's recruiting process.

I think I'll stick with editing.

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