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Updated Apr 1, 2015
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    Summer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source – interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

    Interview

    Talked with SVP. All fit questions and nothing technical. The job itself was most secretary work but I was able to see what went on inside a wealth management office.

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

    Interview

    2-step process- phone interview,then a 1:1 interview with director. Phone interview was straight forward and then I went to the office for the in person interview. Basic questions nothing technical.

    Negotiation

    No

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    VP- Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

    Interview

    Interviewed with team of Advisors first. Separate interviews, not two on one. Was impressed by their story of how they ran their practice like a well-oiled machine. Wish it had been true. Then met Office Manager Senior VP for interview that covered all the basics. Then met regional manager briefly for a glossy overview of why it was the best place to work, according to him.

    Interview Questions

    • Really didn't find anything too difficult or unexpected during the process.   Answer Question
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    Senior Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    10 min in person interview. Very informal (at the time).

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing difficult asked. It was more of a brief "shoot the breeze" type of talk.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    They offered $30k, I countered with $33k and they accepted.

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    Mssb Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (Atlanta, GA) in March 2014.

    Interview

    2 rounds of interviews, first one on phone, second one on site; first one basically all behavioral, standard strength/weakness question. Second round on site, two analysts, two Senior VP; junior person asks more technical ones; senior VP focus on situation-behavioral (i.e. if your manager asks you to submit a report about a subject that you are no familiar with, what would you do to meet the tight deadline?); Technical questions are mostly market related (what's S&P today and what does it suggest? How do you think about the current monetary policy? What is the most popular sector in the market right now?)

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    Negotiation

    I accepted the offer immediately; basically no negotiation

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    Wealth Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in March 2014.

    Interview

    Saw the position at my local branch on Indeed.com . I actually happened upon it by total random chance. Gave the manager a phone call and he was very impressed with my initative and SUPER eager. Interview was EXTREMELY relaxed - more of a conversation. Absolutely no technicals

    Interview Questions

    • Have a good story as to why you want to work in wealth management.   Answer Question
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    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

    Interview

    No interview. Hired after 2 months following submission of application.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negotiation

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (Boston, MA).

    Interview

    I was first referred to a contact at the company and sent my resume/cover letter directly to him via email. A few days later, my contact's assistant called me to schedule an in-person interview. The interview took place primarily with one Financial Advisor, while another briefly stepped in to explain unique aspects of the role. The interview went well and the interviewer was very responsive to my questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to get into finance?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I did research before I went in on what others in my role were being paid, on average. I was asked during the interview what I was looking for in terms of pay, and I gave a number. The interviewer agreed that the amount was about average and fair.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Very conversational. 3 strengths and weaknesses. Usually like to hear that you are highly organized. Do a bit of recon on that specific group inside of Morgan Stanley

    Interview Questions

    • Why Morgan Stanley versus JPM or any other bulge bracket firm?   Answer Question
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    Financial Training Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

    Interview

    It was a group interview with 5 interviewers and 5 interviewees. They asked really simple questions about working in groups and questions having a difficult group member. As long as you show that you are interested to learn the financial industry you will have a good shot! There is also a quiz at the end that asks some basic definitions of the financial industry.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the difference between an option and a future?   Answer Question

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