Morgan Stanley Associate Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 1, 2014
Updated Aug 1, 2014
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    Equity Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Three part interview. Phone screening. Bring you in for mutliple interviews. Will keep you waiting on decision, especially if you are a more low level candiate that does not have many other options. Team diagnostic exercises. Meetings can be abrupt. Do not expect to easily lock this down.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Financial Advisor Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Called for an in person interview with one of the managers. Asked how many high net clients i know and warned me that 90% of the people fail in their first three months. Gave his story about how hard it was for him in his first 3 years. They are basically looking for people who already have their licences and can take over their candidates clients.

    Interview Questions
    • how would you try to get the maximum funds out of a potential client   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    Very tough process but fair. One would expect that of a top tier institution such as MS or Goldman. I applied through regular channels and got a call back a few weeks later. Several rounds and very gruling day but made it through with an offer. Glad I did it.

    Interview Questions
    • Very technical financial questions that one would find on the chartered financial analyst exams.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Financial Advisor Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Morgan Stanley.

    Interview Details

    Very thorough process to weed out competition. Great job for someone in their late 20's or early 30's looking to build a business. Not the best 2nd career for later in life people

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Financial Advisor Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Morgan Stanley.

    Interview Details

    There was a very easy online reasoning/math exam followed by a sales aptitude test. I was called in for an interview around two weeks after I completed the online portion. The questions were generic and relatively easy. They said that my resume spoke to my technical ability and they were more concerned with whether my personality would be a good fit. I had a second interview a week later where I had to prepare a business plan. I over-prepared the plan and they didn't really look at the content... they just wanted to see that I put in the effort. Be prepared to answer what your primary target market will be.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    They accepted my first salary suggestion. It doesn't really matter considering it's now phased out over a 3 year period.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Applied online and after 3 weeks was informed to take a written exam in campus. There were ~75 questions for 60 minutes, all multiple choices.

    Interview Questions
    • questions about Brownian motion, martingale, order of constructors in C++ etc.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    IT Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Very efficient interview and hiring process. Questions to the point and focussed on the job on hand.

    Accepted Offer
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    Associate Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Morgan Stanley.

    Interview Details

    Easy, general conversation

    Interview Questions
    • There was a case study given, but it was really a formality - not really an indication of the role or a test of any specific skill set   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation, budget (salary) was fixed
    Accepted Offer
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Warren, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Warren, NJ
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months - interviewed at Morgan Stanley in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    The position was advertised as a Java Senior Developer within the Wealth Management Technology Group.

    Quite a long interview process, due to a combination of factors: holiday period (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year) and a new hiring procedure (from what I was told by the hiring manager).
    Started with a 30 minutes phone interview, with technical questions: best OO programming practices, hashmaps, trees, design patterns. Fairly easy, interviewer tested basic Java core knowledge.

    Followed up by an on-site interview: three interviews with pairs of programmers from the group, 1 interview with the hiring manager (VP, same one who interviewed me over the phone), and one interview with his manager (ED). First three interviews were technical, with questions covering the Java memory model, the Collections framework, concurrency, servlets, serialization, very basic SQL (find the largest number smaller than the maximum value of a given column), security of web services, and a few Java theoretical questions: what is polymorphism, what is an abstract class. I had to write some code on paper, such as reversing a linked list and finding all the prime numbers smaller than a given integer. The next two interviews were mostly a combination of fit and behavioral questions, as well as going over my resume and talking about my previous work experience.

    About three weeks later I was called in again for what I was told would be the final interview, with the MD of the group. Again, mostly fit/behavioral questions, with a few somewhat technical ones (where would you put comments in your code, how do you test your code).

    About ten days later I was called in for yet another interview, with an ED from another group. It was a 30-minutes interview, mostly the "tell me about yourself" type.

    I was told that I would have to come in for another interview, early next year (all these interviews took place from early November to late December 2013). However, there were all kinds of scheduling conflicts with the ED that was supposed to interview me, so this last interview was eventually cancelled.

    I received the offer in February, more than three months after my initial phone interview.

    Overall, it was a good experience, all the people I talked with seemed really smart, and very professional.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Financial Advisor Associate/FAA Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Sarasota, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sarasota, FL
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Morgan Stanley in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    2 in person interviews, online personality and math exams, took 1 month to get an offer and then another month until I started

    Negotiation Details
    Very easy. They offered me a salary that I was looking for
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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