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Morgan Stanley Associate Interview Questions

Updated Nov 20, 2014
Updated Nov 20, 2014
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    Client Service Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley.

    Interview Details

    Had a short phone interview was invited to come in for a face to face interview. Had a difficult time getting a time to come in but eventually figured out the scheduling. Met with a women in the management department, she spoke at me for about 45 min and then met with a FA. Very friendly almost too relaxed but I left feeling good. Never heard back not even to tell me I wasn't hired.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you have any questions? Pretty tough cause they didn't ask me any.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Financial Advisor Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was referred to a branch manager by a friend at Merrill. The branch manager gave me a series of exams addressing financial math, markets, series 7 topics, etc... He also gave me a template for a business plan. I then went in for an interview, which I admittedly did not prepare for. All in all it took around 2 weeks.

    Interview Questions
    • What is your target assets under management goal in the first 6 months?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Wealth Management Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    Had an initial phone interview, after that I was sent some documents detailing how to build a business plan as a FA. When we met in person for a lunch interview went over how you would implement or grow your practice, as well as addressing my potential target markets or centers of influences for prospective business.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you go about building your own book of customers?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Financial Advisor Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Morgan Stanley.

    Interview Details

    -Initial phone interview
    -Online personality test
    -3 office interviews

    Process took about 4 months start to finish. They test your personality to confirm you're suitable for the position, and the rest of the process was spent meeting with various members of the office to reiterate the difficulty of the job.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Your initial compensation is negotiable up to a certain extent.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Interview

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

    interviewed at Morgan Stanley in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    Several rounds of interviews. Not direct on whether there is or is not a position available. They like when you do the talking rather then them talking the entire time.

    Interview Questions
    • Make sure you know the steps on how to value a company.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Summer Associate - Strats and Modeling Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Morgan Stanley in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    Round one screening multiple choice written test with questions regarding mathematics (probability, statistics, linear algebra), finance (general terms), financial math (stochastic processes, bond duration calculation, option pricing - binary trees, etc.), and general programming (either c++ or java). The test was pretty difficult with little to no knowledge beforehand of what was going to be included.

    Interview Questions
    • Many pricing problems, which probably could have been solved with basic knowledge of bond duration or option pricing formulas   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Financial Advisor Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Morgan Stanley in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    You will be asked to take an online assessment test. Next you will be asked to meet with a local branch manager for an hour interview. The second interview will involve meeting a coach. The third interview will be an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • They questions are very easy and general; however, they only want o know if you have access to wealthy people. You must have a high net worth pipeline to be considered.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They will try to hire you for the lowest amount you will accept. You must negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy 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 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Operations Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baltimore, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baltimore, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    I landed an interview through a referral within the company. After applying through a referral link I was contacted via email a couple days later asking me to come in for 3 1:1 interviews. I was actually pretty optimistic because they did not even ask me to do a preliminary phone interview. The office seemed to be staffed with a lot of young friendly professionals and had a positive atmosphere.
    The interview itself was very laid back and informal which was surprising considering how large and corporate MS is. I left feeling pretty good about it the whole thing however, after 3 weeks of follow up calls and emails I learned that that I was not awarded an offer.
    In hindsight though I am not surprised because there seems to be a large disconnect between HR, staff and the "hiring department'.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you know about operations?   Answer Question
    • Why are you interested in operations? What do you think operations does?   Answer Question
    • What duties in this job relate to your current duties?   Answer Question
    • What are your professional goals over the next 10 years?   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a situation where you... dealt with conflict?dealt with conflict in a team? worked under intense deadlines?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Analyst/Associate Operations Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Morgan Stanley in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    Usually a 3 dtep approach. 1- must have credentials to qualify- good schhol and GPA above 3.3 They will tell you 3.0 but really they can be selective. If you send a cover letter it must be impeccable- faults/issues there will disqualify you. 2- You will most likely meet with 2-4 different people. Keep your answers brief and to the point- be prepared for questions about the comapny- do your homework. have inciteful questions about the group you are interviewing with. Don't ask nonsense questions about salaries or where do you think the market is going. Think regulatory or recent company history.3- If you survive the first interview you will be asked back for a second interview this may be with 2 or more other candidates. have different questions - always be professional- no cursing even if the interviewer slips.. The interviewers are most likely your future first line manager or VP's. They may make the decisions or an Executive director may need to put a final stamp on the process. If you get he job they will let you know in a few days. It is ok to call HR on follow ups- not the interviewers.

    Interview Questions
    • Some interviewers are looking to see if you have la logical thought process- They don't need an answer just that what steps would you take to do something. If an interviwer asked you how many baseballs would fit on a bus. Don't say i don't know.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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