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Financial Advisor Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied online. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

Interview Details

Hiring process was lengthy consisting of a phone interview, online test, in-person interview, business plan, and second in-person interview. After the whole process they made a job offer that I declined because of low salary offer.

Interview Questions
  • What makes you think you can do this job?   View Answer
Reasons for Declining

They expected long hours at very little pay≥

Declined Offer
Neutral Experience
Difficult Interview

Other Interview Reviews for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

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    Financial Advisor Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

    Interview Details

    They aggressively recruit and make lots of promises but widely do not deliver after you accept.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing difficult...just want to know how many accounts can you bring them.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They sell future expectations of compensation. Looking back get your money upfront.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Have a business plan with a lot of contacts

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Financial Advisor Interview

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

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Interview was held with a panel (3 people) and in addition to myself, my competitor for the position as well. We were interviewed together being asked the same questions ranging from personal to info about the company. Did not get the offer due to several reasons (completely my fault) however they were extremely respectful, and it was a good unique experience.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    I hit it off with most people I meet, but not this guy. I'm certain that within the first few minutes he knew he wasn't going to hire me. But it was an initial interview, I wasn't certain I wanted to work there. Anyway, after he showed up late (told me he just fired somebody) I waited in the office, the receptionist was eating Chinese food at the window and reading a magazine. Offices were empty, nobody looked very happy. But back to the interviewer, not sure if they'll publish the word douche on here, but if he knew within 2 minutes he didn't want me, I knew within 3 that not only would I never work for him, I would never do business with MSSB again. I went home and transferred my MSSB account that I held with them for over 10 years, to another Broker, just because of my interview with this guy.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    The interviewer. I was declined the job offer, but would have declined a second interview.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbia, SC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbia, SC
    Application Details

    The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    1. Telephone interview with the Complex Manager
    2. Personality Test
    3. Interview with the Complex Manager
    4. Wrote Business Plan
    5. 2 1:1 interviews with advisors on the Smith Barney Side
    6. 2 1:1 interviews with advisors on the Morgan Stanley Side
    7. Interview with the Branch Manager
    8. Interviewed again with the Complex Manager to discuss Business Plan
    9. I accepted an offer from another firm

    The interview process can take a couple days or a month depending on how quickly one completes the personality test and business plan. I greatly enjoyed my interview experience with MSSB and have the utmost respect for every individual I interacted with from Financial Advisor Assistants to the Complex Manager.

    The most important thing to remember about being an FA is that it's a SALES job. This was preached to me by everyone on my panel. In addittion, if you cannot raise at least $8-$10 million is assets with in 365 days of joining the firm don't waste your time or the advisors's.

    In each of my interviews I discussed how I would reach my assets under managment goal and why I wanted to enter the business again.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you think a good first year assets under management goal would be and how will you achieve it?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I took a position with another firm that had a smaller assets under management goal for first year associates. I did financial planning for two years and I decided to get back into the business. It can be very rewarding, but it is also very frustrating in the beginning while trying to build your book of business. My goal is to build up a clientele then move over to MSSB.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Financial Advisor 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 a dayinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    applied through my school's career services center and got their email in two days.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Greensboro, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Greensboro, NC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    Completed the online assessment and was called by the complex manager. After the phone interview I was told the local manager was going to call me to schedule an 1:1 interview, but I didn't hear back from them.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Financial Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was average and went good. It was the assessment tests they had you take that were a joke and had nothing to do with your role as an financial advisor. The tests has answers that made no sense and seemed more like a psychological test more than anything. I did not pass the test and my branch manger called the hiring firm up to find out where I made mistakes but they would not tell him anything. The test does not tell you if I will bring in money to the firm or get results. It does not tell how motivated someone is to work or their work habits. Overall the assessment test is a joke and I will still apply after 6months to retake the test since I want this job but next time make sure to have a group of friends with you to get their opinion on the answers or find them online before. Probably some doctor who made the test who is nuts himself.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions asked looked like this "if xyz makes 14million in revenue 3Q, the cfo will keep his job, if xyz does not make 14million in revenue there is the possibility he will lose his job. In the 3Q xyz did not make 14million and the cfo is still at the firm.   View Answer
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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