Phone Interview with Harris Williams and Company

I have a phone interview with Harris Williams. I am wondering if anyone has been through their interview process that might have some advice. What is their dealflow like? How is the initial phone interview?

Any advice would help!

Region: 
United States - Northeast

Comments (38)

Jun 7, 2011

If you did have an interview, how did you prepare?

Jun 7, 2011

what is this for?

Jun 7, 2011

Investment Banking Analyst

Jun 7, 2011

Which office?

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Jun 7, 2011

Minneapolis Office

Jun 11, 2011

What was the interview like? I have a phone interview coming with a firm as well, just wanted to see what typical phone interviews are like.

Jun 12, 2011

very basic.... why ib? why HW? etc..

Jun 12, 2011

be sure to network and get an md to go to bat for you internally

Jun 14, 2011

Did you hear back from your phone interview yet? I had mine and was wondering how long does it typically take for them to get back to you after a phone screening.

Jun 14, 2011

HW Md's always go to bat for their analysts. come on guys.

Jun 20, 2011
09grad:

HW Md's always go to bat for their analysts. come on guys.

I truly don't understand why you would add this. What was the point of the 'come on guys' addition anyway? I also don't see how anyone anywhere could construe this as a bad thing...Just makes no sense that every time there is a HW thread people seem to think this contribution is necessary.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Jun 20, 2011
happypantsmcgee:
09grad:

HW Md's always go to bat for their analysts. come on guys.

I truly don't understand why you would add this. What was the point of the 'come on guys' addition anyway? I also don't see how anyone anywhere could construe this as a bad thing...Just makes no sense that every time there is a HW thread people seem to think this contribution is necessary.

it's sarcasm based on this board's group-think about HW. your reading comprehension hasn't kept up with your WSO evolution status, my "almost human" friend.

Jun 14, 2011

Don't expect to hear back for at least a week. Also, many decisions tend to get made on either Mondays or Fridays as deal work takes precedent to administrative type stuff. Then you need to allow for some time for them to act on the decisions.

Jun 20, 2011

Bump

Jun 20, 2011

Any insight on the format of their Super Days?

Sep 10, 2011

bump

Jan 13, 2015

Bump

Jan 13, 2015

for?

Jan 13, 2015

This would be for Richmond, however, I think all hiring is done out of there.

Jan 13, 2015

For a summer analyst position, you really want to be "yourself." The bank isn't looking for a superstar finance whiz that just completed his first semester of junior year, it wants someone who is smart, hardworking, and generally "cool." Display these characteristics and you'll be all set.

Jan 13, 2015

I interviewed with Harris Williams for a full time gig. Not sure if it was just the group I interviewed with but make sure to let them think they are your #1 priority. They asked me back to a second round which I couldn't make b/c I had another final round already scheduled. They dropped me from the process no without any kind of concession whatsoever.

Jan 13, 2015

First round was a lot of fit - why do u want to do ibanking, and focused also on why harris williams - why MM, etc. didnt get any hard technical on this round. have good questions for them. also be aware that they expect their analysts to move into PE afterwards. They pride themselves on the 100% placement they have of their fulltime analysts into PE shops and it helps them develop relationships with the PE shops...

Jan 13, 2015

Thanks guys, I appreciate the help. I got the feeling it would be mostly fit, that and why they are number 1.

Jan 13, 2015

harris williams is taking applications through our career center here. can anybody give me a little information on them?

how are they ranked based on other MM firms?
I ask that mainly because I haven't gotten any interviews with BB firms because of my low gpa but so I would like to find an MM that I have a chance at

Thanks

Jan 13, 2015

Harris Williams is a top firm within the middle market. Its reputation is well known throughout the financial services industry. However, your friends who aren't in finance are unlikely to recognize the name. If your GPA is low enough that you can't even get an interview at BBs, you're probably not going to have much success with Harris Williams, Houlihan Lokey, and the likes.

Jan 13, 2015

HW is a good bank, esp if you want to go into MM PE. And yea, what CompBanker said.... I would not look at them as some alternate to a BB. They are small enough that they can be picky and look for the best. The culture is laid back, MDs and analysts are all very cool. No ties, although the hours are similar to a bank in NY I believe (work on live deals majority of time).

^I feel confident in saying the above, just got back from final rounds

Jan 13, 2015

I interviewed there a while ago but it was mostly fit and a some valuation technical questions.

Jan 13, 2015

bump

Jan 13, 2015

No direct experience with lateral as I am a SA candidate but I have had significant interaction with HW and Patricia (which I am assuming you are talking to her) She is very nice and pleasant to talk to. I doubt that she will grill you or anything and just wants to talk.

HW is a great place and the people there are extremely friendly!

Jan 13, 2015
MinneBanker:

No direct experience with lateral as I am a SA candidate but I have had significant interaction with HW and Patricia (which I am assuming you are talking to her) She is very nice and pleasant to talk to. I doubt that she will grill you or anything and just wants to talk.

HW is a great place and the people there are extremely friendly!

Patricia reached out to me as well but we haven't set up a time to talk to or anything. So was it essentially a phone screen at first? Have you set up a phone interview? I'm at a "target" but not one where they recruit on campus.

Jan 13, 2015

Thanks. Just had the phone call. It was not with Patricia but the interviewer was nice and friendly... Good luck with the SA process!

Jan 13, 2015

miscer pm me id be happy to help if you want.

Jan 13, 2015

Miscer are you in the US?

Jan 13, 2015
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Jan 13, 2015