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Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Financial Advisor Interview Questions

Updated Jul 24, 2014
Updated Jul 24, 2014
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    Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Indianapolis, IN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Indianapolis, IN
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Miami, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Miami, FL
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    It was a lengthy process, they make you do the personality test, iq test you need to put together a business plan and present it in front of a panel of about five judges, they ask you questions and then gauge your level of interest from there. they are very involved in making sure that you are the best fit

    Interview Questions
    • What do you think you will generate in revenue in your first year and why?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I got another offer

    Declined Offer
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Financial Advisor Trainee Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    My interview consisted of being put in an empty office with a phone. I called a number, role played trying to make an appointment with a prospect. Apparently that was all that was needed. I was told I scored the highest anyone had with their branch office and asked "When can you start?".

    There was no resume review, no reference checking and not even a sit down Q&A. The whole thing took place with me standing in an open door with a manager standing on their feet as well and didn't even conclude with a handshake.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Financial Advisor Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    Interview process is lengthy and very systematic. The firm hires 150 -200 new associates nationwide monthly.

    Interview Questions
    • The tests were timed...and this was probably the most challenging part of the interview process.   Answer Question
    • Having a business marketing plan ready to present.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Minimal negotiation. It is much like signing up to work as a number in the masses. I would advise others ask for more. I received an offer in 2009 for $45K base pay and then a year later I did increase it to $60K. I learned that many new associates were in the $35k - $50k range and only a few were in the $60K range.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Financial Advisor Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Financial Advisor Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tampa, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tampa, FL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    I have just had my 1:1 interview a couple of days ago. I originally applied in the beginning of December, received an online assessment the end of January, and was just called for an in person interview in early March. The interview mainly focused on my prospecting activities in my prior career (mortgages) and what clientele I targeted then. The branch manager here is extremely personable, and I feel the interview went quite well. He sent me home with specific goal and incentive information and told me to call with questions. He did not actually make a job offer, and I will be following up with him this week.

    Interview Questions
    • You need to develop a base of $10,000,000 AUM in the first 3 years. How will you go about accomplishing this?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Financial Advisor Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    Filled out application online with mini questionnaire, got a call back later that afternoon being informed I would be sent a timed assessment with 3 tested sections- sales philosophy, math, and I forget the last one. Passed the assessment with flying colors and was invited for an in person interview. Didn't think it went so well but moved on to the next step of interview process which was fill out a business plan template

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    They matched my old salary for training so they pay pretty well
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Financial Advisor Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    Interview process essentially consisted of the branch manager asking me what type of production I vcould do and how many new assets I could bring in. It lasted about one hour and then I was offered the position on the spot.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    The payout and salary were not appropriate for my experience.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Financial Advisor Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ontario, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ontario, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    Referred by current employee. Called Branch Manager and scheduled interview for next day. First interview with Branch Manager went well - lasted around an hour and a half. He instructed me to take the online skills assessment and personality test, which I did that night. He called the next day and we set up and interview with a Complex Manager the following week. That interview went well, lasted for roughly an hour. A week later the Branch Manager emailed me and requested that I complete a Business Plan, the template for which was attached to the email. Sent the email back, now I wait.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you know about Morgan Stanley?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Financial Advisor Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berkeley, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    I had to complete two online assessments and one business plan before I was contacted for a panel interview. After my panel interview, they asked me to come in again as they wanted to make me an offer.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    After reviewing the risks and rewards of the position, the position was high risk. Unfortunately, the rewards were not commensurate with the risk.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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