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Updated Aug 18, 2014
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No Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

FAA Interview

FAA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in July 2014.

Interview Details – The fifteen minute phone screen was scheduled almost immediately after I submitted to the IQ test. The test was pretty simple, straight forwards in nature. The interviewer was very nice and said she would push forward my application to a more in depth interview. The process was pretty reasonable, and I recommend it to most people.

Interview Question – How would you grow your business?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Financial Advisor Trainee Interview

Financial Advisor Trainee
Pittsburgh, PA

I applied online and 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 Question – "When can you start?"   View Answer


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Registered Sales Assistant Interview

Registered Sales Assistant
Boston, MA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in June 2010.

Interview Details – Submitted resume directly to a branch. Interviewed with branch management and some brokers. More about your personality than anything else. They are just trying to match you with a broker because you are really working more for the broker than the actual branch management.

Interview Question – Nothing tricky. They will ask what your knowledge is of basic order entries but that is about it.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I just took the offer - need a job more than anything.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

VP- Financial Advisor Interview

VP- Financial Advisor

I applied through other source and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

Interview Details – Interviewed with team of Advisors first. Separate interviews, not two on one. Was impressed by their story of how they ran their practice like a well-oiled machine. Wish it had been true. Then met Office Manager Senior VP for interview that covered all the basics. Then met regional manager briefly for a glossy overview of why it was the best place to work, according to him.

Interview Question – Really didn't find anything too difficult or unexpected during the process.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Asset Management Interview

Asset Management

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

Interview Details – First of all, Excel test regarding corporate finance. How to calculate return of investment, annual payments, and duration. Second, on-site interview. Basically, go through your resume and ask questions involving your relevant work experience.

Interview Question – No difficult quesitons   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Legal Analyst Interview

Legal Analyst
Baltimore, MD

I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in April 2013.

Interview Details – Took a very long time to get the hiring process going and the Hiring manager was very unresponsive. No one provided me an information when I tried to submit a thank you note.

Interview Question – Why so much movement on my resume   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Pretty easy. I was able to give my current salary and they gave me a lot more


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Senior Administrative Assistant Interview

Senior Administrative Assistant
Washington, DC

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

Interview Details – 10 min in person interview. Very informal (at the time).

Interview Question – Nothing difficult asked. It was more of a brief "shoot the breeze" type of talk.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They offered $30k, I countered with $33k and they accepted.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor Interview

Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor
West Palm Beach, FL

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in February 2012.

Interview Details – Quite a long and detailed process. Online resume submittal was very detailed and involved taking a few tests, must pass them btw. Three separate interviews with different managers and all types of questions. process took about three months due to scheduling interviews and waiting for management responses. Back ground check with finger prints. As fun as it gets!

Interview Question – What would your business plan be if hired as a Financial Advisor with the firm?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Yes, negotiate. You are trying to land a "Wall Street" job, everything is negotiable.


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Client Service Associate Interview

Client Service Associate
Philadelphia, PA

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in February 2014.

Interview Details – Applied in October and received a call from a recruiter in February. Quick conversation to confirm interest in the position and schedule a phone interview for the following week.

Interview Question – Basic screening questions. Are you currently working/tell me about your current responsibilties/why are you looking for a new opportunity? Why do you think you're a good fit for this company/position? She offered a brief overview of the position. I wouldn't say this was an unexpected question but she asked what I knew about the company. Final question was in regards to salary. She asked about my current salary and what sort of pay range I was expecting from this position.   View Answer


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Mssb Intern Interview

Mssb Intern
Sacramento, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in June 2013.

Interview Details – Quick And easy, had one simple interview in-front of three current employees. Very professional but rigorous.

Interview Question – Why you want this position. They are looking for the right fit, it is to say there is no right or wrong answer to the question but just how you answer. They need to see that you are capable of being yourself and intelligent at the same time. This position required some face to face interaction and was extremely important in the review process.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Moved to another, higher internship position.

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