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3.9 of 5 stars (87 Ratings)

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5.0 of 5 stars

Entry-level in Leveraged Finance | New York, NY | 2018 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Interview Process

For lateral hires, not too many technical interview questions, but meet with multiple senior leaders in the company for very thoughtful interviews in addition to members of what would become your future team

5.0 of 5 stars

Entry-level in Mergers & Acquisitions | New York, NY | 2018 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Interview Process

I had a phone screen and two super days. Cowen is looking for someone that has their technical capabilities down, strong aptitude as a problem solver, and general fit in the group

Sample Interview Questions

Standard interview / case questions

5.0 of 5 stars

Executive in Equity Research | New York, NY | 2018 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Interview Process

Knowing someone definitely helps, otherwise apply online

Sample Interview Questions

Nothing technical, mostly about background and situations you’ve been in where you’ve had to take leadership/face adversity etc We have a lot of focus on data analytics, and data capabilities

5.0 of 5 stars

Entry-level in Mergers & Acquisitions | New York, NY | 2018 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Interview Process

Quick to revert

Sample Interview Questions

Very difficult questions around valuation

4.5 of 5 stars

Executive in Sales & Trading | Stamford, CT | 2018 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Sample Interview Questions

Goals, aspirations, what do you think of current economic environemt

4.5 of 5 stars

Mid-level in Mergers & Acquisitions | San Francisco, CA | 2018 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Interview Process

Very slow and unreliable in terms of the timeline they share with the candidates up front.

Sample Interview Questions

Why IB and why now? tell me about Cowen's strength and weaknesses

4.5 of 5 stars

Executive in Operations (i.e. HR, Internal Accounting, Marketing, etc.) | New York, NY | 2018 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Interview Process

Hardworking, focused and pleasant to work with. Someone who is comfortable collaborating.

4.5 of 5 stars

Mid-level in Operations (i.e. HR, Internal Accounting, Marketing, etc.) | New York, NY | 2018 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Interview Process

We seek intellectually curious, driven, team-oriented individuals who value culture, are driven to win business and perform and have an overall desire to better the world.

The interview process is very personalized & intimate, Cowen's recruiting team is lean so communication is not automatically generated or done in bulk. Strong candidates who we are inclined to engage with receive direct calls, timely emails and honest feedback & updates throughout the process.

Sample Interview Questions

I work in recruiting and can tell you it's hard to boil it down to general interview questions. The majority of hiring we do is very specific to each group and location. The questions asked and competencies focused on during an interview will range widely based on the role and they're very tailored to the needs to the team. The hiring process is highly individualized as we are a very lean operation, and each individual hire will be asked to pull their eight and contribute.

4.5 of 5 stars

Entry-level in Equity Research | New York, NY | 2018 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Sample Interview Questions

Tell me about a stock you follow and explain your valuation

4.0 of 5 stars

Mid-level in Equity Research | New York, NY | 2018 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Sample Interview Questions

Pitch a stock, modeling exam, data analysis excel exercise.

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