2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Interviews (Part 3 of 10)

Not all investment banking interviews are created equal. Some of them will leave you feeling like you conquered the world, but most others will have you shaking your head at that one brainteaser or technical question you missed.

After preparing for hours and hours, performing on the big super day stage is no easy task. To make it a little easier, we thought we'd give fair warning and rank the investment banks in the following ways:

1. Top 15 Investment Banks with the HARDEST INTERVIEWS.
2. Top 15 Investment Banks with the EASIEST INTERVIEWS.
3. Top 15 Banks with the BEST OVERALL INTERVIEW EXPERIENCE. In other words, which banks didn’t treat you like used dog food?

These firms are all ranked on a PERCENTILE basis across all 5,000+ companies in the WSO Company Database based on thousands of WSO member rankings. Feel free to share these interview rankings below on your site by copying the html code below the graphic. Stay tuned because next Tuesday we are going to be ranking the investment banks based on promotions and fairness!

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Part 1: 2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Release Schedule
Part 2: 2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Career

Best Response

Well, the problem with Easiest / Hardest interview metric is that it isn't at all controlled for who actually gets the interviews, which is very relevant.

Take an example in which Rothschild and BAML have identical interview questions, but BAML invites 30% more candidates to interview. BAML invited more unqualified candidates and therefore responses might indicate that their interviews were "very hard".

Not blaming anyone and the data is still much appreciated, just pointing out a quirk in the methodology.

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Career Advancement Opportunities

September 2023 Investment Banking

  • Lazard Freres (++) 99.6%
  • Lincoln International (==) 99.1%
  • Jefferies & Company 02 98.7%
  • William Blair 12 98.2%
  • Financial Technology Partners 02 97.8%

Overall Employee Satisfaction

September 2023 Investment Banking

  • William Blair 04 99.6%
  • Lincoln International 11 99.1%
  • Canaccord Genuity 18 98.7%
  • Jefferies & Company 07 98.2%
  • Stephens Inc 11 97.8%

Professional Growth Opportunities

September 2023 Investment Banking

  • Lincoln International 01 99.6%
  • Lazard Freres 17 99.1%
  • Jefferies & Company 02 98.7%
  • Financial Technology Partners 06 98.2%
  • UBS AG 15 97.8%

Total Avg Compensation

September 2023 Investment Banking

  • Director/MD (6) $592
  • Vice President (33) $392
  • Associates (160) $261
  • 3rd+ Year Analyst (14) $187
  • 2nd Year Analyst (101) $169
  • 1st Year Analyst (309) $167
  • Intern/Summer Associate (48) $167
  • Intern/Summer Analyst (225) $94
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