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Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Financial Advisor Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 1, 2014
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Financial Advisor Associate Interview

Financial Advisor Associate
Irvine, CA

The process took 1 week - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in March 2011.

Interview Details – The interview was with the Vice President/Branch Manager. He basically asked you how you would develop a business and marketing plan to acquire new clients. Basic interview questions like what are your strengths, why Morgan Stanley, etc... Being a Financial Advisor Associate is all about sales, so make sure you are outgoing and can communicate effectively.

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Negotiation Details – I had other offers so I was able to negotiate a higher base salary with them.

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Financial Advisor Associate Interview

Financial Advisor Associate
Pittsburgh, PA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in December 2010.

Interview Details – The online application included a few questions about your interests and experience. The next step is a series of tests. I got the email to complete the tests the day after submitting my application. There was a logic test, math test, and personality test. It actually took a long time (>2hrs). After that I was called in for a face to face interview.

Interview Question – The main topic of conversation was sales experience/ability/interest. The job is 90% sales (a lot of cold calls).   Answer Question

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Financial Advisor Trainee Interview

Financial Advisor Trainee
San Diego, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in November 2010.

Interview Details – Did 6 interviews! Yes 6! Thats six times leaving work early, six times driving downtown and paying 15$ for parking and six times I was told they were going to bring me back in to "make me an offer". Today I got a call from the branch manager telling me that they wanted to me to follow up with them in 6 months. Uh, ya Ill pass thanks guy. The recruiter is a joke and completely unorganized, wouldnt recommend this company anymore.

Interview Question – What niche are you targeting with your business plan?   View Answer

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Financial Advisor Trainee Interview

Financial Advisor Trainee
Los Angeles, CA

The process took 5 days - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in October 2010.

Interview Details – I called the company and spoke to the branch manager. He told me to fill out the application online. I did and failed the assessment test. He called me back and I convinced him to give me an interview anyway. He sent me the business plan template via e-mail and gave me one night to complete it. I felt like they were uninterested from the get go and made me jump through hoops anyway.

Interview Question – Why do you want to work here?   Answer Question

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Financial Advisor Interview

Financial Advisor
Indianapolis, IN

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in June 2010.

Interview Details – I was recruited to MSSB by a third party recruiter. I was interviewed by them, by phone, and then recommended to move forward to the MSSB EVP in Indianapolis. I did and passed several on-line exams, prepared and submitted a business plan using the firm's template, and was asked in for an interview. The interview was not difficult. I was to have a preparation meeting by phone with the recruiter, but that did not occur. After the interview, it got rather dissapointing. I was left in limbo for 90 days with no direct contact with MSSB. I had many contacts with the recruiter, but several requests to the EVP went unanswered. Finally, after 90 days I was rejected via a message from the recruiter. I feel it was handled unprofessionally.

Interview Question – How do I feel about annuities?   View Answer

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Financial Advisor Associate Interview

Financial Advisor Associate
Memphis, TN

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in July 2010.

Interview Details – Called by Branch Manager Asst. to set interview. Interviewed for 20 minutes and passed to next level. E-mailed an assesment test and business plan to complete from home.

Interview Question – Where will your base of clients come from?   Answer Question

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Financial Advisor Interview

Financial Advisor
Atlanta, GA

The process took 2 months - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in July 2010.

Interview Details – 1.) contacted by the complex manager and interviewed very briefly over the phone.
2.) complex manager called back and invited me to complete a personality test.
3.) complex manager called me in for an interview which went fair in my opinion.
4.) interview with branch office manger
5.) second interview with branch office manager.
6.) third interview with branch office manager and formally offered position.
7.) received formal offer in the mail.

Interview Question – Sell me on why I should hire you.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – no negotiation

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Financial Advisor Trainee Interview

Financial Advisor Trainee
Washington, DC

The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in February 2010.

Interview Details – interviewed with them face to face three times, then took online assesment (50percent math; 50%sales), then got offer..training program is intense..gotta pas series 7 at the first try or im out..two tries for 63 and 66 and learn sales skills at the same time..build client relationships at the same time..working 7 days a week in the beggining..

Interview Question – sales questions. theyll ask you questions about sales performance. what would you do if...and i tell you that i dont want your services, what do you say instead.....??   View Answer

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Financial Advisor Associate Interview

Financial Advisor Associate
Dallas, TX

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in March 2010.

Interview Details – Very detailed as there are many SEC and FINRA regulations. They WILL do a background check so don't lie or leave out details. You will have to win over the heart and trust of the Branch Manager. If you have him or her you then you've pretty much got the cat in the bag.

Interview Question – Prepare a business plan. Then come up with a ton of people who you think will be prospects that you can call on. They prefer to see clients that will have $250K+ in investable assets.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Can try and negotiate, but there is a set amount they offer all candidates. Just take it and move on. In the long run the differnece won't matter since you will be making the majority if not all of your money in commissions.

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Financial Advisor Trainee Interview

Financial Advisor Trainee
Orlando, FL

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in August 2009.

Interview Details – I met with the administrative manager through my university. She asked me to come in after an initial phone screen. Phone screen was HR finding out basic information and asked a few behavioral questions. I then came in and met with the manager and a few of the brokers. They asked me straight forward questions like why I want to work there, tell me about yourself, how to handle irate client, etc.

Interview Question – How would you handle an irate client?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I received a better offer from a different bank in a different position.

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