I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Stephens in October 2007.
Interview Details – Stephens hires directly on my campus and will solicit resumes through the career center, although non core schools can have their resume read by emailing our recruiters. On campus interviews are straight forward, most questions are "fit" related. Stephens care first and foremost about fit with the department, then financial knowledge. Super Saturday is preceded by a dinner with the senior bankers on Friday and drinks with the junior bankers and analysts. Saturday is a series of interviews with junior and senior bankers that, depending on the person, are usually geared towards fit.
Negotiation Details – Nonexistent, take it or leave it
The process took 3 days - interviewed at Stephens in November 2010.
Interview Details – The first round of the interview process was conducted by way of phone and they asked basic questions about why you want to do investment banking, what classes you have taken, and what your background is. All of them were the normal, fit or behavioral type of questions one would expect in an interview. I might also have been asked to go over my resume, but nothing stressful.
I was then invited to participate in a Super Saturday event in their Little Rock office (hq) where there were 42 candidates if I remember correctly. The first night everyone got in, there was a dinner reception where all kinds of people from 2nd year analysts all the way up to the heads of investment banking were in attendance to judge your fit within the company. The next day there were about 5 rounds of interviews per applicant where the interviewers also asked all about your resume, motivation for doing investment banking specifically, etc etc. I heard some people were asked basic DCF questions but the hardest thing I got was how I would evaluate a company that Stephens was considering investing in. From what I understand, they are looking for demonstrably intelligent people who would fit in with the firm culture.
Interview Question – How would you evaluate a company Stephens was considering investing in? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Unfortunately, I did not try to negotiate, but I consider this a mistake.
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