Baird typically hires recent college graduates for research analyst positions. Our team approach to research enables analysts to continually interact with professionals throughout the firm. Baird prides itself on the fact that, early in their careers, analysts begin working closely with both senior research analysts and the senior management team of the companies Baird follows.
Our analysts play an integral role in the research process, supplying invaluable research support, including:
We look for intelligent, talented people with the following knowledge and skills:
- Quantitative and analytical support to industry- and company-specific research
- Assistance in the preparation of financial models for companies under coverage
- Participation in the development of relationships with senior management
- Communication with the institutional sales force and clients
Baird offers robust professional development opportunities, including the Baird Scholar program at the University of Chicago.
- High sense of integrity and a strong work ethic
- Ability to work within a team and on a self-directed basis
- Excellent analytical, written and verbal communication skills
- A bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.5 GPA
- Advanced computer skills using Word and Excel
First round interviews consist of interviews with one to two Analysts and are generally 20-30 minutes each. Interviews occur either on your campus or in one of our offices.
"Super Friday" interviews consist of five to six interviews with one Senior Analyst or Research Associate and are generally 30 minutes each. Interviews are held in our Milwaukee office.
Offers are made shortly after the Super Friday interviews.
Things to Consider Before You Interview
Be prepared to discuss the following during your interview:
- What do you know about sell-side equity research?
- Why are you interested in a career in this industry?
- What do you know about Baird and our culture?
- What about our firm and culture appeals to you?
- Be prepared to discuss your résumé.
- Think about your strengths and weaknesses and be able to discuss both. How do your strengths apply to sell-side equity research?
- What are your three greatest accomplishments?
- Describe a failure. What did you learn from it?
- How would your peers describe you? What would they say you could improve about yourself?
- How would a supervisor or manager at a previous job describe you?
- What is your leadership style?