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

1. Investment Banking -- Experienced Analyst Interview

Process Description

I did equity research at Baird for 3 years before deciding to transition to investment banking. I mentioned my desire to transfer to some higher ups in research (including my boss), figuring I would need their help to make the leap. Baird also encouarges employees to reach out about their career path (even if it involves leaving), but I was hesitant to tell them I wanted to leave (at the end of the day, I had a very positive experience). One of the directors in research (heads up compensation discussions) put me in touch with the lead recruiting in banking and put in a good word for me. From this point on, the recruiting was my point person. I was applying for a specific spot, so everyone I interviewed with was in that sector in banking. I interviewed with 5 people in banking -- an associate, 2 VPs, an MD, and the COO of banking. Every interview was very similar and primarily fit based. I got the sense that my qualifications came well regarded from some imporant people in research, so that took care of any tough knowledge-related interview questions.

Robert W. Baird & Co. Sample Interview Question:

Question -- Why do you want to do investment banking? Answer -- this got asked to me in every single interview, so I obviously was very prepared (and I knew the answer going in).


2. analyst Interview

Process Description

2 phone interviews were followed by a superday in which there were 5 quick interviews with various investment bankers

Example of Interview Question at Robert W. Baird & Co.:

Most of the questions were conventional there was one technical interview followed by four "fit" interviews (i.e. walk me through a dcf)


3. Investment Banking Analyst Interview

Process Description

First round 30 min phone call with Associate all fit based questions. Why Middle Market, why Baird, etc.

Robert W. Baird & Co. Sample Interview Question:

No difficult questions in first round phone interview. Second round consists of email LBO case study (4 hours) with 1 page CIM teaser. Info for the lbo was strange and outdated.


4. Summer Analyst for Baird Interview

Process Description

Process was not bad at all. Asked questions related to why Baird and why banking, basic behavioral questions.

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

I was not as prepared as others but the questions were not bad. One question asked to show depreciation through the 3 financial statements over 3 years.


5. Manager Interview

Process Description

The position was posted on LinkedIn and the company website. I applied and did a phone interview with a recruiter in human resources. I was then brought into the Milwaukee office for four 1-on-1 interviews. The following week, I went to Chicago to meet 4 additional people. I received a verbal offer a few days later. They called my references and did a background check before sending a written offer. I had approximately one week to accept the offer.

Robert W. Baird & Co. Sample Interview Question:

Why Milwaukee?


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

Yearsort ascending Status Position City Group / Division / Type Overall Experience Difficulty
2017 2nd Year Analyst Investment Banking Analyst Milwaukee Investment Banking Neutral Easy
2016 Student / Prospective Monkey Summer Analyst for Baird Chicago Investment Banking Neutral Easy
2016 Student / Prospective Monkey Equity Research Analyst Milwaukee Equity Research Positive Difficult
2016 Intern Off Cycle M&A Intern London Mergers and Acquisitions Very Positive 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
2015 Student / Prospective Monkey Equity Research Analyst Milwaukee Equity Research Positive Difficult
2015 1st Year Analyst Analyst Milwaukee Investment Banking Neutral Average
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
2014 Intern Investment Banking Summer Analyst Milwaukee Investment Banking Very Positive Easy
2014 1st Year Associate Equity Research Associate Milwaukee N/A Positive Difficult
2014 Intern Investment Banking Intern Chicago Investment Banking Neutral Average
2014 1st Year Analyst equity sales associate Milwaukee Equities Positive 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 Analyst Chicago Investment Banking Positive Easy
2014 1st Year Analyst Equity Research Analyst Milwaukee Equity Research Very Positive Difficult
2014 Intern Summer Analyst London Investment Banking Very Positive Average
2014 Intern Summer Analyst Chicago Investment Banking Neutral 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 1st Year Analyst IB Analyst St Louis Investment Banking Positive Average
2014 Intern Investment Banking Analyst Intern Milwaukee Generalist 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 1st Year Associate Investment Banking Associate Chicago Investment Banking Neutral Average
2014 Intern Summer Intern London Mergers and Acquisitions Positive Average
2014 1st Year Analyst equity research St. Louis N/A Neutral Easy
2014 Intern Investment Banking Summer Analyst Chicago Investment Banking Very Positive Easy
2014 Summer Associate Intern Summer Associate Chicago Investment Banking Very Positive Easy
2014 Intern Intern London Investment Banking Negative Very Easy
2014 Intern Equity Research Milwaukee Equity Research Neutral Difficult
2013 1st Year Analyst Business Analyst Milwaukee Information Technology (IT) Very Positive Average
2013 Research Analyst Equity Research Analyst Milwaukee Equity Research Neutral Average
2013 Intern Equity Research Intern Milwaukee Equity Research Positive Average
2013 Intern Summer Investment Banking Analyst Internship Milwaukee Investment Banking Very Positive Difficult
2013 1st Year Associate Investment Banking Associate Chicago Investment Banking Positive Difficult
2013 Intern Summer Analyst Chicago Investment Banking Positive Difficult
2013 Intern Summer Analyst S&T Milwaukee Equities Very Positive Difficult
2013 Intern Investment Banking Summer Analyst Chicago Investment Banking Positive Average
2013 Intern Equity Research Intern Milwaukee Equity Research Neutral Easy
2013 1st Year Analyst Investment Banking Analyst Chicago Investment Banking Very Positive Average
2013 1st Year Analyst Analyst Washington Investment Banking 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 Intern Equity Research Intern Milwaukee Generalist Positive Easy
2013 1st Year Analyst Investment Banking -- Experienced Analyst Milwaukee Positive Average
2013 Intern Investment Banking Summer Analyst Chicago Investment Banking Negative 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
2013 Full time Milwaukee Very Positive Average
2013 Intern Equity Research Internship Milwaukee Equity Research Positive Difficult
2013 Intern Equity Sales Summer Intern Milwaukee Sales and Trading Neutral Easy
2013 Intern Investment Banking Summer Analyst Chicago Investment Banking Positive Average
2012 Intern IB Summer Analyst Milwaukee Positive Difficult
2012 1st Year Analyst Investment Banking Analyst Milwaukee Investment Banking Positive Very Easy
2012 Intern Investment Banking Summer Analyst Chicago Neutral Average
2012 Intern Equity Research Intern Milwaukee Positive Average
2012 1st Year Analyst Investment Banking Analyst Chicago Positive Easy
2012 Intern Equity Research Analyst Internship Milwaukee Positive Easy
2012 Intern Intern Online Neutral Average
2012 Intern PWM Intern Chicago Neutral Average
2012 Manager Manager Milwaukee Very Negative Average
2012 Intern Equity Research Summer Intern Milwaukee Neutral Difficult
2012 1st Year Associate Investment Banking Associate Chicago Positive Difficult
2012 1st Year Associate Associate Chicago Generalist Very Positive Average
2012 Intern Investment Banking Summer Analyst Chicago Positive Easy
2012 Intern Equity Research Summer Internship Chicago Positive Average
2012 1st Year Analyst Investment Banking Analyst San Francisco Positive Average
2012 1st Year Associate Associate Milwaukee Positive Average
2012 1st Year Analyst Investment Banking Analyst Chicago Investment Banking Positive Average
2012 Intern Investment Banking Summer Analyst Chicago Positive Average
2012 Research Analyst Equity Research Analyst Milwaukee Neutral Average
2012 Intern Investment banking SA milwaukee Positive Difficult
2012 Intern Analyst Chicago Generalist Neutral Easy
2012 1st Year Analyst Investment Banking Analyst St Louis Positive Easy
2012 1st Year Analyst IB Analyst Chicago Very Positive Easy
2012 Intern S&T Intern Milwaukee Negative Average
2012 Summer Associate Intern Summer Associate Chicago Positive Average
2012 Intern Equity Research Intern Milwaukee Neutral Very Difficult
2012 1st Year Analyst Analyst Chicago Very Positive Easy
2012 1st Year Analyst IBD Off-Cycle London Very Positive Very Easy
2012 Research Analyst Equity Research Analyst Reston Positive Average
2012 1st Year Analyst Analyst Milwaukee Very Positive Average
2012 Intern Investment Banking SA Chicago Positive Very Easy
2011 Research Analyst Equity Research Analyst Milwaukee Positive Difficult
2011 Intern Summer Analyst New York Positive Difficult
2011 Intern IBD summer analyst milwaukee Neutral Average
2011 1st Year Associate Associate Chicago Neutral Difficult
2011 Intern Summer Analyst Chicago Investment Banking Very Positive Easy
2011 1st Year Analyst Investment Banking Analyst Program Chicago Neutral Very Easy
2010 Intern IB Summer Analyst Chicago Very Positive Average
2010 Research Associate Equity Research Associate Milwaukee Equity Research Positive Average
2010 1st Year Associate Equity Research Milwaukee Equity Research Positive Easy
2010 Intern Summer Analyst Chicago Neutral Difficult
2009 Intern Investment Banking Intern Chicago Positive Easy
2008 Intern Internship Milwaukee Mergers and Acquisitions Negative Very Easy
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