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    Global Wealth Management Intern Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

    Interview Details

    I applied through my school's website, got a call about a week later to set up a phone interview. After the phone interview, I was invited to have an in-office interview at the 399 Park Ave office, 12th floor, midtown New York. Interview lasted about 2 hours - with the Portfolio Management Group - first with the Registered Marketing Associate, then Client Service Associate, HR Manager and lastly with the Senior Portfolio Manager/Senior Vice President/Financial Advisor. Questions were mainly related to the experience, education, and how attained knowledge and experience can be translated into the work environment at Morgan Stanley. After the interview I got a call and an email with the offer and documentation for the background check and employment verification. Background check and employment verification took about 3 weeks.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    I declined an offer to continue working with the group mainly because of the disrespect, hostile environment, unstructured workflow and declining customer base.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Vice President Interview

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

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

    Interview Details

    11 interviews of 30 mins each. Intense and focused. No time to relax and 'sell' oneself. At the same time the interviewer didnt get an opportunity to ask tough questions.

    Interview Questions
    • No tough questions; in a 30 minute interview limited opportunity for such items.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation opportunity, more of a take it or leave it.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Wealth Management Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

    Interview Details

    I interviewed to be an intern here and it was relatively easy. The group that I was interviewing for called me in. They wanted to have an interactive, fun, and personable intern to work for them. They asked me questions mostly based on my resume, and not much else. They knew that everyone at the school they were selecting interviews from was competent, so it really came down to FIT and personality questions.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Vice President Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jersey City, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jersey City, NJ
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in July 2012.

    Interview Details

    7 Panel interview - including Executive Directors and VPs to confirm experience an day to day operation of technical project management.

    Interview Questions
    • Can you define requirements and track defects using industry standard tools and if so which tools.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    It was fair and expected - within 15 days of the interview process.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Financial Advisor Associate Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, five days later I received a personality test which I completed and sent back the same day. Three weeks later I received a phone call from the Branch managers assistant to come in a week later. I went in to the interview and the manager was very down to earth; he liked my past experience and sent a business plan template to complete. He stated the whole process would take about 3 weeks (which is complete BS. They are such a big organization; they are clueless on what is going on). I received a call 3 weeks later to meet with an FAA that told me how hard of a time I will have raising money, and talked about his little piker business and how MSSB's salary is a draw that has to be paid back (which is expected in this industry).

    I made the mistake of holding informal meetings with family and friends telling them I was making a switch into wealth management. I waited and waited for the last interview for 4 weeks. I met with a senior FA for another redundant waste of my time interview and I could clearly tell he was intimidated by my track record and connections.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    This people are a waste of time when it comes to interviewing professionals. No wonder they are collapsing since all they do is hire people with no real work experience or recent grads, and make no accommodations to real producers. They talk to you as if you have no clue what is going on in the industry.
    I decided to take my business to an asset management firm that is very accommodating.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Brokerage Assistant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    After I applied I received an email stating I needed to take a skills test which took approximately 30 minutes, it ranged from personality based questions to simple math and logic questions. After this test I was invited for a 1:1 interview. I spoke to the broker for about 45 minutes and found out I needed to be licensed (I had been but lost my license because I didnt work in the industry for 2 years) he told me that he would schedule me immediately and that I would get a salary of 35000 for 1 year then it would be commission/fee only.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a situation in which you had to persuade someone to your point of view.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I was offered the position but declined because I found another position with a firm that paid a larger base and lower comissions.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Financial Analyst Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    The interview process consisted of 3 individual interviews and 1 timed and observed group interview. There was an informal interview in the form of a networking session the day prior to the actual superday.

    Interview Questions
    • Deep down inside, what are you looking to change? How will that help/hinder you at Morgan?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Weigh all of your options if there are any. Decide which is best. And always emphasize on location.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Research Associate Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    It was just one interview with 2 managers at the same time and it lasted for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Mssb Intern Interview

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

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    Two interviews with the employer. Very simple questions relating to my work availability and what my Excel skills were. Interview is a breeze if you have personality and know how to shmooze.

    Interview Questions
    • On a scale of 1 to 10, how detail oriented do you find yourself? Why?   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    PRIVATE WEALTH INTERN Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Melville, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Melville, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    Got the job through a family friend, so the process was probably a lot shorter than usual. Received a phone call from an office manager that I could have a phone interview. Phone interview went well and I was offered a summer internship.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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