Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Financial Advisor Trainee Interview Questions & Reviews

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

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

I interviewed online. The process took a day - interviewed 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 Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Syracuse, NY
    Anonymous Employee in Syracuse, NY
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

    Interview Details

    Very long interview process. I started with apply for the position on their website. About a month later I was contacted to complete the online testing. Part of the texting related to the series examinations to conclude if you would have the ability to pass the licensing. The other portion was more along the lines of personality and skills testing.

    I followed up with several people to hear nothing back. About a month later, I was contacted by the Branch Manager, who wanted to speak with me on the phone. It was an interview over the phone. Basically selling myself, showing confidence. Meanwhile he discussed my testing results. I was then invited to an in-person interview. I was required to bring a business plan.

    I went to the first in-person interview. This was very high stress. It lasted about an hour and ended with him setting a timer for about 2 minutes and told me to sell myself on why I should be hired for this position and what do I have versus the competition. After the interview concluded I was then invited to another interview at a larger office.

    During the interview I was informed that the first few years could be working on average 80 hours a week. He stated when he would leave the office, I would be expected to stay. After giving the position some thought, I declined the interview. Working 80 hours per week would be extremely difficult for myself at this point in my life.

    Interview Questions
    • You will be dealing with many clients who are older than you. Treat me like one of those clients and explain to me what kind of life experiences you have that would allow me to trust in you to invest my life time savings.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Financial Advisor Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Wayne, NJ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wayne, NJ
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in August 2009.

    Interview Details

    Online or computer based application and evaluation. Brief intelligence type test. Meet with branch manager and another FA

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Offer and acceptance. Standard base salary for all trainees.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Financial Advisor Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Buffalo, NY
    Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 8 months - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in June 2009.

    Interview Details

    The position was for financial advisor associate. It was an 8 interview process, with advisors and branch/regional managers. Also, required an in-depth write-up of your financial approaches/ideas/iniatives that would allow for success in the industry.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Financial Advisor Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Anonymous Employee in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in December 2011.

    Interview Details

    I applied by sending my resume and agreeing online to show up to their "open house" so to speak. It was a group of 7 applicants in one room, the hiring manager explained what the company does and the what the position includes. Each applicant met with two interviewers for a quick 10 min interview and then were sent home, we were to fill out the application online and complete the assessment if not already done. The hiring manager never called me back and when I was able to finally get in contact with him he said he never received my application in his email and they had already made their decision.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Financial Advisor Trainee Interview

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

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    I got the contact through a recruiter. They called me for a phone interview to ask about my experience, and at then to also schedule a time to a 1:1 interview. I was then placed with a team for a interview with the head of the group. I got the offer from the team head, pending manager approval. The third time I went there, I had to prepare a business plan which I presented and then was given the official offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me how you plan on targeting high net worth individuals and getting access to them.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There wasnt' much room for me to negotiate. The range is from 45-65K base for the first two/three years of the program. However, by 18 months, they start weening you off the base salary and putting you more on commission.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Financial Advisor Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA
    Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    Talked to 3 supervisors and 3 other finacial advisors. What they want to know is if you are willing to work long hours and make tons of cold calls. The initial pay is 40K for 1 year to be replaced by commisisons.

    Reasons for Declining

    Better offer

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Financial Advisor Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    Did 6 interviews! Yes 6! Thats six times leaving work early, six times driving downtown and paying 15$ for parking and six times I was told they were going to bring me back in to "make me an offer". Today I got a call from the branch manager telling me that they wanted to me to follow up with them in 6 months. Uh, ya Ill pass thanks guy. The recruiter is a joke and completely unorganized, wouldnt recommend this company anymore.

    Interview Questions
    • What niche are you targeting with your business plan?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Financial Advisor Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 5 days - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    I called the company and spoke to the branch manager. He told me to fill out the application online. I did and failed the assessment test. He called me back and I convinced him to give me an interview anyway. He sent me the business plan template via e-mail and gave me one night to complete it. I felt like they were uninterested from the get go and made me jump through hoops anyway.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Financial Advisor Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    interviewed with them face to face three times, then took online assesment (50percent math; 50%sales), then got offer..training program is intense..gotta pas series 7 at the first try or im out..two tries for 63 and 66 and learn sales skills at the same time..build client relationships at the same time..working 7 days a week in the beggining..

    Interview Questions
    • sales questions. theyll ask you questions about sales performance. what would you do if...and i tell you that i dont want your services, what do you say instead.....??   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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