I am an incoming sophomore at a target school in the UK (Accounting & Finance major). I am currently applying for SA positions at BB's in London, and I have been using the following resources to prepare for technical interviews: 1. Investment Banking (Rosenbaum) 2. BIWS modelling course 3. M&I 400q's guide Is there any other resource that could be useful, or would I be better off just focusing on these three (for technicals)? Thanks :)
28 Sep 2020
Has anyone tried the new modeling courses introduced by WSO? I'm between the BIWS, WSO, and REFM courses. There's plenty of reviews on this site for the differences between BIWS and REFM, so I was hoping someone could shed some light on the new WSO package and if it's any good.
19 Oct 2020
Hi guys: For those of you who have worked in private equity - how does your real, on-the-job modeling experience compare to advanced lessons offered by Breaking Into Wall Street? Is your real-work modeling significantly more complex/more difficult than the advanced courses offered there? Just trying to get a sense. Thanks!
14 Feb 2019
I wanted to get peoples opinions on both of these courses. I have done some research online and found that these two were the most recommended. * Is one superior than the other in regards to total content? * Which one is better for learning to underwrite commercial investment properties? * What are the pros and cons of each? Your comments are greatly appreciated. Also, if anyone has either of these courses and is interested in sharing with me i'm open to donations !
25 Jul 2019
Hi guys, I'm going through the previous BIWS accounting guide and it always refers to their 3 statement model. I've also seen it on youtube and it looks pretty easy to use compared to the others I find online. Does anyone of you have it? I can't really find it! Cheers
09 May 2019
Hi Fellow Monkeys, This is my first post and as such would like to get your take on what should be the best strategy for me. Background: Aerospace engineer with 4 years of WE, will be starting MBA from an M7 school this fall. I am doing MBA to completely change my industry/function. I intend to specialize in finance with focus on investment banking . My long term goal is to transition into PE. My questions are follows: 1. I have both WSP(premium) and BIWS (platinum) courses. Any particular order I should follow for these? 2. I do plan to go banking or real estate sectors in due course (still
21 Mar 2016
Hey For whoever has taken BIWS for RE and REITs, how advanced does your knowledge have to be of financial modeling? I saw the pre req said that it was an advanced course and should have taken Excel and Financial Modeling Course before. Wondering if you could take this without having a lot of modeling experience in the past.
20 Sep 2012
I'm preparing for some first round interviews I have in about 2 weeks, and I'm going through the BIWS tutorial videos and guides to prep. Looking at the merger model and LBO guides specifically, some of the questions seem fairly detailed and complicated for summer analyst interviews. Do topics like calculating accretion/dilution based on a few financial metrics the interviewer gives you actually come up? Or are interviews usually more conceptual regarding the more "advanced" valuation topics like M&A modeling and LBOs?
28 Dec 2012
Looking for some solid feedback on my unconventional resume. This is the current format I've used for all of my past internships. I've noticed it is starkly different from the rest posted here. More than willing to change format to suit the needs. I am curious what positions I should be focusing on to BIWS based on my past work experience and current qualifications. Thanks!
19 Aug 2013
Hi Everyone, I am an Accountancy and Finance major, looking to get experience in financial modeling through purchasing a course online. I have strong Accounting and finance fundamental knowledge (4 Financial Statements, basic valuation models), and am wondering whether I should purchase the basic or advanced versions of financial modeling courses. I am specifically looking at BIWS and WallStreetPrep. I took a look at the sample BIWS CF statement video and realised that I alr knew most of the stuff in that video. Hence, this is what I wanna avoid. My goals is to master 3 statement and valuation (DCF, comps) modeling. and NOT going into advanced models such as LBOs. Appreciate any inputs :)
19 Jun 2012
I'm interested in the Breaking into Wall Street Program - is the skillset gained from this program applicable to consulting / strategy? IE will learning this be relevant / useful for FT recruiting for consulting? There's personal interest but I want to know if there would be more productive uses of my time. Thanks.
27 Mar 2010
hey guys, I will be starting an MSF this may and will be interning part-time throughout the summer with a M&A/business valuation shop in the area. It sounds like if I do well I can get some real experience and responsibility throughout the summer. I am an applied math undergrad so I was looking at some self-prep before the summer, particularlary BIWS fundamentals course. I know many of you recommend this course and I was curious as to how long is takes to go through??? Any help would be great, or recommendations for other books/courses to look into. Thanks guys.
19 Apr 2012
I checked out both - WSO's new version is more comprehensive that the older version, but M&I is just nuts. M&I has a lot more questions and covers a pretty wide spectrum of materials. So my question is - is WSO not sufficient or is M&I going overboard?
16 Jan 2013
I know this question has been asked before, but I wanted a newer opinion. How helpful are Wall Street training programs like BIWS and WSP for recruiting/interviews? Are there any advantages to buying and going through one of these programs? Thanks!
05 Jul 2016
im thinking about signing up for BIWS, considering i have next to zero excel skills and do not have any internship this summer(im a sophomore) so i could get some modeling knowledge. i wonder if anyone had taken this course before their interviews and found it helpful? also, is this something to list on the resume, say under technical skills section? thank you.
27 Apr 2010
Guys, What are your thoughts on the best way to prepare for an interview and on the job IB Analyst work? After just skimming through the IB book by Rosenbaum & Pearl, for those of you that may not know of it, it is called, "Investment Banking: Valuation, Leveraged Buyouts, and Mergers and Acquisitions" (link below); I found that BIWS captures most of the concepts present in this book, except the book provides for more of a granular, detailed level of all steps in a deal. Basically, what I want to know is that should I spend my time reading the whole book, or going through all of BIWS? Thanks in advance for all your help! http://www.Amazon.com/Investment-Banking-Valuation-Leveraged-Acquisitions/dp/0470442204
06 Feb 2013
27 Oct 2017
Currently a FIG banker specializing in insurance companies. I have a thorough understanding of modeling insurance companies but want to get more familiar with other sector modeling for PE interviews. Will BIWS be to simple or is it worth getting to better understand the modeling process? Anyone have any insight on how easy it is to pick up other sector modeling if proficient in insurance company modeling? Thanks in advance.
10 Aug 2010
Hi all, Which order would you guys recommend studying the following: -Rosenbaum -BIWS excel -BIWS modeling basics -BIWS advanced modeling. Assume no prior knowledge of modeling. Thanks in advance.
24 Jan 2015
Current 3rd yr student in canada, non target school, near perfect GPA. I still managed to get some interviews with some IB firms in Canada, and have other interviews coming up for non banking jobs? I want to know this summer should I prepare for my gmat to try to get into Princeton's Masters in finance or Harvard's 2+2 program or should I spend the spring studying for my CFA lvl 1 and do financial modelling programs?
24 Jan 2013
Hey guys i had a quick question regarding the BIWS interview guide. I have an older 2008 version of the guide that contains 200 questions. I have seen plenty of posts regarding the newer 400 question guide and the fact that people haven't experienced many interview questions not in that BIWS guide. For anyone who has used/seen both, will the newer one provide a higher level of prep in order to justify the price of buying it?? I also have the WSO technical guide and will be looking for FT IB roles this fall. If the newer one is really that much better than I guess I will have to suck it up and
06 Sep 2012