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3.8 of 5 stars (67 Ratings)

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5.0 of 5 stars

Experienced in Equity Research | New York, NY | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Interview Review

It generally is pretty efficient and moves pretty quickly. We look for individuals who come form top schools with advanced degrees. The most important thing is raw intelligence and the ability and will to work hard.

Sample Interview Questions

For healthcare research, write a thesis on a stock.

4.5 of 5 stars

Experienced in Equity Research | New York, NY | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Interview Review

There's no committee so largely an informal process. Ideal candidate needs to buy into culture-proactive, differentiated thought process, data-focused, think outside the box, avoid the path of least resistance

Sample Interview Questions

Differs by interviewer-not overly scientific (ie how many jelly beans can it in an airplan, how many umbrellas are sold in Seattle, etc) but definetely more personality based-talk about your experience-more questions that will reflect a time you took ownership, a time your integrity was challenged, etc

4.5 of 5 stars

Executive in Operations (i.e. HR, Internal Accounting, Marketing, etc.) | New York, NY | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Interview Review

Ideal candidate is smart and has the ability to figure things out on their own. That's not to say colleagues aren't extremely helpful, it's just that it's not a place to join if you need a lot of hands on management. Managers who micro manage do not do well and we tend to hire people who don't want to be micro managed.

Sample Interview Questions

50% is focused on ability to do the job and 50% is on cultural fit. If you are a difficult person you will have a hard time getting an offer.

4.5 of 5 stars

Mid-level in Equity Research | New York, NY | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Interview Review

This question is overly broad. The analysts choose who and how to hire based on their individual criteria, and it's not general enough to answer this question.

4.0 of 5 stars

Entry-level in Mergers & Acquisitions | New York, NY | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Sample Interview Questions

Mainly fit-type questions. Some interviews were more technical.

4.0 of 5 stars

Executive in Equity Research | New York, NY | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Interview Review

Very focused and fast paced interview process with ample access to key leadership.

3.5 of 5 stars

Entry-level | New York, NY | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Interview Review

Cowen seeks top performers from non-target (i.e., primarily non-Ivy) schools such as NESCAC, other small liberal arts, and select state schools.
Unfortunately, Cowen's intern / analyst hiring and interview process is woefully disorganized and likely costs the firm a number of top candidates every year. Communication between the firm and candidates is extremely poor, to the extent that candidates who have interviewed have no idea where they stand for weeks at a time. Cowen's recruiting process needs to be entirely overhauled.

Sample Interview Questions

Walk through a DCF and other basic valuation techniques. Walk through the effect of a non-cash expense (for example, depreciation) on all of the financial statements. Discuss the flow and connections between the different kinds of financial statements.

3.5 of 5 stars

Entry-level in Equity Capital Markets | New York, NY | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Interview Review

Very slow to process new candidates and leave a lot of questions unanswered.

3.5 of 5 stars

Experienced in Corporate Finance | New York, NY | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Interview Review

The interview process is not very uniform with each team running their process differently. The ideal candidate is someone who works well in small teams and is ready to take on as much responsibility as possible even at the analyst level. Candidates likely did not receive bulge bracket offers or might have no banking background at all. As long as the team feels the candidate is smart, easy to work with, good attitude and willing to work hard and step up in responsibility, the rest can be learned on the job

Sample Interview Questions

Mostly behavioral with a focus on culture fit, minimal technical questions as the firm is willing to train bright individuals with no banking background

3.5 of 5 stars

Executive in Equity Research | San Francisco, CA | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Interview Review

We are looking for smart, intellectually curious people, who want to win but also are collegial and team players. So a lot of the process focuses on fit vs. resume-type stuff.

Sample Interview Questions

It's been a long time since I got hired here! It really varies by who is doing the interviewing, there is no 'standard'.

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