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Morgan Stanley Senior Software Developer Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2014
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Senior Software Developer

I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at Morgan Stanley.

Interview Details – On-site interview set up by a recruiting agency representing me. On the first day I interviewed with five software developers, including a department manager. All excellent professionals, questions were a mix of C++ trivia as well as software design questions. On the second day I interviewed with front office traders. The questions were deeply technical, though the goal was to challenge me and see whether I could come up with reasonable responses and solutions quickly.

Interview Question – Is it possible to declare a virtual template member function in C++?   View Answer

Reason for Declining – Interview with traders did not go well, so my job would have been in back office.


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New York, NY

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Morgan Stanley in April 2011.

Interview Details – First round: telephonic interview
Face 2 Face: 2 rounds technical + 1 round (to explain more about the position)
2 telephonic rounds with ppl in London

They were willing to offer full time but I wanted to go for consulting so that I can make more money.

Interview Question – When does a java static class get loaded/intialized by jvm?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Yes. They liked me and my skills were an asset to them, So they needed badly in their team.


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Senior Software Developer
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Morgan Stanley in April 2010.

Interview Details – Had a phone interview mostly technical about Java, Databases and data structures. Then was called for a personal interview with hiring manager and another person. was asked to write java programs on whiteboard for multi-threading, binary search, file processing..etc
After 2 days, I received notification that I was not selected.

Interview Question – Write java program to perform a money transfer operation for a bank, which is multi-threaded and can run parallel with multi-processor machines   Answer Question


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Senior Software Developer
New York, NY

The process took a day - interviewed at Morgan Stanley in July 2008.

Interview Details – Very detailed techie interview

Interview Question – GC strategies in the JVM   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – People seemed too geeky and the atmosphere wasn't very friendly


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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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Senior Software Developer
Budapest (Hungary)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Morgan Stanley in June 2012.

Interview Details – The hiring process was straightforward, although very slow. I had 6 round of interviews with different teams. Some of these was technical, some of the specific to a technology and 2 manager interviews. Everybody was helpful during the interview process, the HR contact which I had was very kind and positive, i was always kept up to date where are we with the process

Interview Question – There were some problem solving questions which surprised me.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation, They gave what I asked for.


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Senior Software Developer
Mumbai (India)

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Morgan Stanley in March 2012.

Interview Details – Three rounds of technical examination and then hiring manager interview, HR interview and Director interview. Technical examination was of same/similar questions in the 2 rounds. Hiring manager and Director interview are more of knowing candidate's behavioral skills.

Interview Question – Windows Communication Foundation   Answer Question


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Senior Software Developer
Mumbai (India)

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at Morgan Stanley in October 2012.

Interview Details – 1st telephone call for technical interview. I don't expect they will call back.

Interview Question – - to design a schema for a given situation.
- Index splitting
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Senior Software Developer

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at Morgan Stanley in July 2011.

Interview Details – Let me start by clarifying that I have almost 6 years of development experience. At this juncture I was not expecting basic core java questions. I could not have been more wrong! The first question they asked was "What makes Java Object Oriented". They really grill you on each and every concept. Few questions that I remember:
1. Difference between Iterator and for loop
2. Order of execution of static class level blocks, class level block and constructor.
3. Which is better interface or 100% Abstract Class and why?
4. Return statement in try, catch and finally. Which one executes when an exception occurs and what happens to the exception?
5. Something about Abstract class constructor.
6. Something about Cloneable Interface.
The interviewer was nice, she dropped a few hints if I was not sure but she also tried to confuse! So beware ! Overall a pleasant experience

Interview Question – Can a hashmap have multiple null keys?   View Answer

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