Preview to 5 Robert W. Baird & Co. Interviews Below

1. Equity Research Intern Interview

Process Description

I had been targeting Baird for a while. I applied through OCR and was accepted for a first round interview. The interviewer was a Senior Research Associate, and was really nice. Felt more like a conversation than an interview. He asked me some mental math and brain teaser type questions, and about why Baird/ why equity research. Post-interview I received a phone call saying that I was a well qualified candidate, but there were no longer positions available with my requested group.

Sample Interview Question at Robert W. Baird & Co.:

How long would it take to walk to [insert city] from [city].


2. Investment Banking Analyst Interview

Process Description

Had phone interview with a Vice President and then had a final round in the office. Everyone I met was very friendly and easy to talk to. Final round consisted of interviews with Analysts, Associates, VPs, and MDs. Technical questions mixed with fit questions, although the majority were fit questions. The technical questions were fairly easy.

Robert W. Baird & Co. Interviews:

How do you value a publicly traded REIT? The technical questions on the interview were fairly easy, this probably being the more difficult.


3. Investment Banking Analyst Interview

Process Description

Very standard interview questions. Nothing really technical. I was asked why I wanted to work for Baird, what classes I have taken that could help me in my position, what kind of extracurricular activities I am involved in, and my overall GPA. I was also asked at the end of the interview if I had any questions for the interviewer (it is a good idea if you do).

Robert W. Baird & Co. Interview Question Example:

What kind of classes have you taken or are you planning to take that could help you in this position?


4. Analyst Interview

Process Description

I applied for the summer internship via my university's career website. Baird came to campus along with many other banks and interviewed me 1 on 1. They also posted the contact information for a few analysts in case we wanted to reach out before our interview dates. Unfortunately, I did not reach out or network and I believe this cost me the offer.

Robert W. Baird & Co. Interview Question Example:

Walk me through the three types of business valuation in detail. I described the DCF model, trading multiples and precedent transactions valuation techniques.


5. Investment Banking Summer Analyst Interview

Process Description

I did a couple of cold calls/emails with Associate/VP level bankers at the firm, and was referred into the internship process. I was contacted immediately (the day after) submitting my application online and scheduled a phone interview. About a week after the interview I was called in for a superday. Both the superday and the phone interview mostly pertained to fit, with very few technical questions. The most technical question I fielded was walking them through an LBO model, albeit on a basic level. There were more questions revolving around a true understanding of accounting/financial statements. The most unusual part of the process was the writing test, but the subject matter was not difficult (defending an investment).

Sample Interview Question at Robert W. Baird & Co.:

Question: What is the most important moment of your entire life? (For whatever reason I was completely unprepared for this question and they slipped it in between technical questions)


All 87 Robert W. Baird & Co. Interview Insights Below

Yearsort ascending Status Position City Group / Division / Type Overall Experience Difficulty
2015 Student / Prospective Monkey Equity Research Analyst Milwaukee Equity Research Positive Difficult
2015 Intern Investment Banking-Summer Analyst Chicago Generalist Very Positive Easy
2015 N/A Investment Banking Summer Analyst Chicago Investment Banking Neutral Difficult
2015 1st Year Analyst Equity Sales and Trading Milwaukee Sales and Trading Neutral Average
2015 Intern Summer Analyst St. Louis Energy Neutral Average
2015 Intern investment banking New York Investment Banking Positive Average
2015 Intern Equity Research Analyst Intern Milwaukee Equity Research Very Positive Average
2015 Intern IBD SA Chicago Investment Banking Neutral Average
2015 Intern Investment Banking Summer Analyst Chicago Investment Banking Neutral Average
2015 2nd Year Analyst Experienced Analyst Chicago Healthcare Positive Easy
2015 Intern IB Analyst Seattle Investment Banking Neutral Average
2015 Summer Associate Intern Summer Associate Milwaukee Industrials Positive Easy
2015 1st Year Associate Equity Research Milwakee Equity Research Positive Average
2014 3rd+ Year Analyst Analyst 3 London Mergers and Acquisitions Neutral Average
2014 Summer Associate Intern Summer Analyst St. Louis Energy Positive Easy
2014 Intern Investment Banking Analyst Intern Milwaukee Generalist Positive Average
2014 1st Year Analyst IB Analyst St Louis Investment Banking Positive Average
2014 Intern Investment Banking Analyst Intern Milwaukee Generalist Positive Average
2014 Summer Associate Intern Investment Banking Analyst Milwaukee Investment Banking Positive Average
2014 1st Year Analyst Investment Banking Analyst Washington, DC Investment Banking Very Positive Average
2014 Summer Associate Intern Investment Banking Summer Associate Milwaukee Generalist Very Positive Difficult
2014 1st Year Associate Investment Banking Associate Chicago Investment Banking Positive Average
2014 Intern Intern - IB London Mergers and Acquisitions Very Positive Average
2014 Intern Summer Intern London Mergers and Acquisitions Positive Average
2014 1st Year Associate Investment Banking Associate Chicago Investment Banking Neutral Average
2014 1st Year Analyst equity research St. Louis N/A Neutral Easy
2014 Intern Intern London Investment Banking Negative Very Easy
2014 Summer Associate Intern Summer Associate Chicago Investment Banking Very Positive Easy
2014 Intern Investment Banking Summer Analyst Chicago Investment Banking Very Positive Easy
2014 Intern Equity Research Milwaukee Equity Research Neutral Difficult
2014 1st Year Associate Equity Research Associate Milwaukee N/A Positive Difficult
2014 Intern Investment Banking Summer Analyst Milwaukee Investment Banking Very Positive Easy
2014 1st Year Analyst equity sales associate Milwaukee Equities Positive Average
2014 Intern Investment Banking Intern Chicago Investment Banking Neutral Average
2014 2nd Year Analyst Investment Banking Analyst Chicago Investment Banking Neutral Average
2014 Intern Investment Banking Summer Analyst Washington Investment Banking Neutral Average
2014 1st Year Analyst Equity Research Analyst Milwaukee Equity Research Very Positive Difficult
2014 1st Year Analyst Analyst Chicago Investment Banking Positive Easy
2014 Intern Summer Analyst London Investment Banking Very Positive Average
2014 Intern Summer Analyst Chicago Investment Banking Neutral Average
2013 1st Year Analyst Analyst Washington Investment Banking Positive Average
2013 1st Year Analyst Investment Banking Analyst Chicago Investment Banking Very Positive Average
2013 Intern analyst Chicago Investment Banking Positive Average
2013 1st Year Analyst Investment Banking Analyst Milwaukee Investment Banking Positive Average
2013 1st Year Analyst Investment Banking Analyst Tampa Investment Banking Neutral Average
2013 1st Year Analyst Investment Banking -- Experienced Analyst Milwaukee Positive Average
2013 Intern Investment Banking Summer Analyst Chicago Investment Banking Negative Easy
2013 Intern Equity Research Intern Milwaukee Generalist Positive Easy
2013 1st Year Analyst Investment Banking Summer Analyst Chicago Industrials Very Positive Average
2013 Intern Investment Banking Summer Analyst Milwaukee Investment Banking Neutral Average
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