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Morgan Stanley Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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Operations Interview

Operations
Syracuse, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Morgan Stanley.

Interview Details – Came to my school to recruit. 3 day interview process. Day 1 networking and panel session at night. 2nd day round 1 interviews. 2 30 minute interviews. Call that night for round 2 interviews. 2 more 30 min interviews and 30 min group interview. Got the offer the next week.

Interview Question – All behavioral questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None

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Assistant Vice President Interview

Assistant Vice President

Interviewed at Morgan Stanley

Interview Details – 1 telephone interview, 3 face to face interviews and a case study to understand how the candidate thinks in a particular situation. The process took almost two months to complete from the time i applied via a recruiter to the time when the final offer was made.

Interview Question – Business case involving how to build a solution on a Business Unit request   Answer Question

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Financial Advisor Trainee Interview

Financial Advisor Trainee
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 8 weeks - interviewed at Morgan Stanley in April 2013.

Interview Details – Telephone interview with general questions about what my experience etc. then an extensive online test. The test was not what I expected and was kind of confusing. I was called for an interview so I must have passed the test. In the interview I was asked general interview questions and I was given a week to write a business plan. In the final interview we talked about the business plan and that if I have friends who can sign up with me. I realized that I don't have that many....so I said good bye.

Interview Question – On average how much your family or friends would invest?   Answer Question

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Wealth Management Interview

Wealth Management

Interviewed at Morgan Stanley

Interview Details – It was not very rigorous. I got the job because a friend passed my resume along. It was very informal. My boss is very relaxed. I am now only adding to this because it is making me write 30 words or more.

Interview Question – I did not get asked any difficult questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No able to negotiate

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Summer Analyst Interview

Summer Analyst

I applied through college or university and interviewed at Morgan Stanley.

Interview Details – The interviewer was very friendly. He asked about my education background, past working experience and opinion about the market. He also asked the stocks I would recommend and we talked in detail about the stocks I mentioned. The interview also shared his experience about looking for a job after graduation and how it is working for Morgan Stanley.

Interview Question – No unexpected questions.   Answer Question

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Business Analyst Interview

Business Analyst
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Morgan Stanley in April 2013.

Interview Details – The hiring process was a little longer than I expected.
I learned about the position through an on-campus career fair, and got accepted for an on-campus interview.
The managers interviewing didn't seem to enjoy their job.

Interview Question – Not a question- but group activity was to use lego blocks to build a child-friendly play-zone.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – The upper management didn't seem to enjoy their job

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Director, Operations Interview

Director, Operations

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Morgan Stanley in September 2013.

Interview Details – I applied for a Temp contract, the application process involved submitting a C.V then being interviewed as part of a generic group the phone interviewed by the hiring manager. After being taken on and working as a Temp for 6 month I was taken on full-time.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time where you failed to meet a deliverable and how did you communicate this.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Yes, look on the salary slide to determine where best you think you can pitch on experience by grade.

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Operations Analyst Interview

Operations Analyst

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Morgan Stanley.

Interview Details – apply online, resume/ cover letter, etc
test, math quick calculation
 group interview, mock project management, problem solving ability
phone interview, personal status, goal, preference in location, etc
1-1 interview, VP

Interview Question – conflict between personality and job type   Answer Question

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No Offer

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Senior Software Developer Interview

Senior Software Developer
Bangalore (India)

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Morgan Stanley.

Interview Details – Usually it starts with telephonic round. In the F-to-F 1st round they started with heavily core java questions. Most of us would have never imagined that kind of questions. I did not pass the first round. They asked few DB questions. Too deep on core java. Mostly on performance tuning. It was very nice experience even though I lost in the first round itself. They see how you approach the problem.

Interview Question – How do you manage session details of the recent 10 most active users? Which are the collections you use for this?   Answer Question

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No Offer

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Financial Advisor Associate Interview

Financial Advisor Associate

Interviewed at Morgan Stanley

Interview Details – Called for an in person interview with one of the managers. Asked how many high net clients i know and warned me that 90% of the people fail in their first three months. Gave his story about how hard it was for him in his first 3 years. They are basically looking for people who already have their licences and can take over their candidates clients.

Interview Question – how would you try to get the maximum funds out of a potential client   Answer Question

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