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Morgan Stanley Associate Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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Equity Research Associate Interview

Equity Research Associate

Interviewed at Morgan Stanley

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 Question – What was a time you failed?   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Financial Advisor Associate Interview

Financial Advisor Associate

Interviewed at Morgan Stanley

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 Question – how would you try to get the maximum funds out of a potential client   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Associate Interview

Associate

Interviewed at Morgan Stanley

Interview Details – 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 Question – Very technical financial questions that one would find on the chartered financial analyst exams.   Answer Question


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Financial Advisor Associate Interview

Financial Advisor Associate

I applied online and 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 Question – Who do you know with $500K to invest?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Financial Advisor Associate Interview

Financial Advisor Associate

I applied online and 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 Question – What will be your target market?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They accepted my first salary suggestion. It doesn't really matter considering it's now phased out over a 3 year period.


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Summer Associate Interview

Summer Associate

Interviewed at Morgan Stanley

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 Question – questions about Brownian motion, martingale, order of constructors in C++ etc.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

IT Senior Associate Interview

IT Senior Associate

Interviewed at Morgan Stanley

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


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Associate Project Manager Interview

Associate Project Manager

I applied online and interviewed at Morgan Stanley.

Interview Details – Easy, general conversation

Interview Question – 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


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Average Interview

Financial Advisor Associate/FAA Interview

Financial Advisor Associate/FAA
Sarasota, FL

I applied through an employee referral and 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

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Associate Interview

Associate
Warren, NJ

I applied through a recruiter and 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 Question – Write a piece of code that will create a deadlock.   Answer Question

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