Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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Helpful (1)Accepted Offer
I applied through other source. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
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.
- Really didn't find anything too difficult or unexpected during the process. Answer Question
Helpful (5)No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (Syracuse, NY).
Very long interview process. I started with apply for the position on their website. About a month later I was contacted to complete the online testing. Part of the texting related to the series examinations to conclude if you would have the ability to pass the licensing. The other portion was more along the lines of personality and skills testing. I followed up with several people to hear nothing back. About a month later, I was contacted by the Branch Manager, who wanted to speak with me on the phone. It was an interview over the phone. Basically selling myself, showing confidence. Meanwhile he discussed my testing results. I was then invited to an in-person interview. I was required to bring a business plan. I went to the first in-person interview. This was very high stress. It lasted about an hour and ended with him setting a timer for about 2 minutes and told me to sell myself on why I should be hired for this position and what do I have versus the competition. After the interview concluded I was then invited to another interview at a larger office. During the interview I was informed that the first few years could be working on average 80 hours a week. He stated when he would leave the office, I would be expected to stay. After giving the position some thought, I declined the interview. Working 80 hours per week would be extremely difficult for myself at this point in my life.
- You will be dealing with many clients who are older than you. Treat me like one of those clients and explain to me what kind of life experiences you have that would allow me to trust in you to invest my life time savings. Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online – interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
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.
- What is the difference between an option and a future? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks – interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (Davis, CA).
interviewed 3 on 4, 3 interviewers, 4 candidates
- difference between options and futures 1 Answer
Helpful (4)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (Los Angeles, CA) in June 2013.
Other comments you see on here regarding the interview process are accurate, so I won't go too much into further detail. They'll pay you an initial salary, but your success is up to you. You have to be a hunter. You find the clients, then you make the money. To get the job, you have to do your own research and prove to them that you have a reasonably good plan to get clients. That's it. NOT FOR YOU: There's a huge failure rate, around 90%, because most people who apply are really looking for a "regular" job. They want specific duties, with a predictable salary, vacation time, personal time off, etc. If this is what you want, then this job is not for you. THIS JOB IS FOR YOU: If you're like me: Very passionate about the financial market, entrepreneurial, self-motivated, seeking opportunity to make a lot of money rather than "job security," want to get paid by your performance rather than wait for someone to retire in order to get a promotion, and want the backing of a huge brand, then this job is for you. I was thrilled to discover this position because I've considered forking over $100ks to buy a franchise. Here, they pay me (first year)! How awesome is that. Basically, this is the way to think of this position. Good luck!
- The interview questions don't really matter. How do you plan on being successful? Do you have an existing network who can refer you business? Do you have wealthy friends and family? Do you know of an untapped market who need financial advice? Do the research, create a plan, prove to them you have a good chance of being successful, and you'll get the job. Answer Question
None. Took first offer. Doesn't matter anyways since it slowly phases out.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (Sacramento, CA) in June 2013.
Hiring process was relatively uncompetitive. For this specific position, they hired a lot of students from my university and the interview process was fairly easy. Only one interview and questions were basic situational questions--things like: "Name a time when you were unable to meet a deadline--how did you cope with the situation?" Short question section at the end about stocks and bonds, but only to gauge level of students, not really to determine qualifications.
- What are options? Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day – interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in March 2013.
Short process with impromptu meeting. Unscripted questions and conversational format. My appointment was confirmed by the person who referred me. There was no prescreening process.
- There were no unexpected questions. We reviewed my background and skills at current and previous jobs. Answer Question
Helpful (2)Accepted Offer
This was a long process. You have to submit some documents and go through a phone interview, and then 2 or 3 face to face interviews. They also like to make you chase them, so be persistent. The want you to treat them as a potential client, and they are looking for someone who will follow up and be professional.
- How would you deal with a client that just will not say yes? 1 Answer
No negotiation here. They offered a job and salary and it was take it or leave it.
Helpful (1)Declined OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 5+ weeks – interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
Hiring process was lengthy consisting of a phone interview, online test, in-person interview, business plan, and second in-person interview. After the whole process they made a job offer that I declined because of low salary offer.
- What makes you think you can do this job? 1 Answer
Reasons for Declining
They expected long hours at very little pay≥
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (San Diego, CA).
They aggressively recruit and make lots of promises but widely do not deliver after you accept.
- Nothing difficult...just want to know how many accounts can you bring them. 1 Answer
They sell future expectations of compensation. Looking back get your money upfront.
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