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Morgan Stanley Equity Research Associate Interview Questions

Updated Jan 23, 2015
Updated Jan 23, 2015
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    Equity Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Morgan Stanley.

    Interview Details

    Got interview invitation through campus recruiting. Had 30 minute on campus interview. There were questions : why Morgan Stanley, why equity research, walk me through your resume, pitch me a stock, current market news, lots of specific questions about valuation. What's you weakness,what was your biggest failure? What's your goal in life? Good experience in overall. I had a great interviewer.

    Interview Questions
    • Lots of technical questions about valuation of companies   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Equity Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley.

    Interview Details

    It was pretty formal. Went through 4 rounds of interview. Due to restructuring, the process took much longer than anticipated. Questions were relatively straightforward. The most important thing is to get along with the hiring manager. If he/she has a good impression, you may at least get to the final round.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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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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    Summer Equity Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Submitted application through campus recruiting and got an interview about a week later. Focus of the interview was on talking about experiences from my background that demonstrated my skills and interests that were relevant to the position. (e.g. tell me about a project you worked on that shows your interest in investment research). Interviewer asked a few other questions related to my outside interests at the end of the interview.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you determine if this (particular company) would be a good investment?   Answer Question
    No Offer
  6.  

    Equity Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Morgan Stanley in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    I participated in recruitment while I was abroad for my entire Junior year. I received a first round interview after I emailed a recruiter explaining why I wanted to pursue an internship with Equity Research and specifically Morgan Stanley. I had a first round interview, which was followed up with a Superday interview with 4 employees and managers in the NYC offices over winter break. Afterwards, I received an offer which I accepted.

    Interview Questions
    • If you had $100,000, would you invest it short term into the stock market or keep it in cash? (Asked right after the fiscal cliff legislation was passed)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They told me the day after my final round interview that they wanted to wait and see the other candidates before making an official decision (due in Feb). Shortly afterwards I received an internship offer with McKinsey & Company. I notified Morgan Stanley and they immediately turned around with an offer, which I accepted.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Equity Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Morgan Stanley in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Question: pitch a stock? what do you do in your spare time? Discounted Cash Flows?

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Equity Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Morgan Stanley in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    -Walked through resume
    -Stock pitch
    -Asked questions about the internship

    Interview Questions
    • When the discount rate is lowered in a DCF model, what happens to NPV?   View Answer
    • Talk to us about any financial competitions you have participated in?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Equity Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley in January 2008.

    Interview Details

    Started with phone interview with HR, then multiple rounds (like an absurd amount) of in person interviews with my analyst and other members of the equity research team. As a skills test, i was sent a model with some values messed up or missing and i had to fix it and return it in 30 mins.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Equity Research Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview with resume and basic technicals. Superday included 4 one on one interviews varying from stock pitches to basic questions.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Equity Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Morgan Stanley in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    There were two 30 minute interviews on the phone. Both employees were very kind and accommodating and asking mainly behavioral questions. Only one accounting question that kind of threw me for a loop. I haven't heard back if I've made it to the next round.

    Interview Questions
    • If depreciation increases, what happens to the financial statements?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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