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I just had a Morgan Stnaley phone interview for an operations analyst position. The recuriter just asked me very basic questions. Previous employee/salary/job description/gpa and then a behavior question and pretty much hung up the phone. The interview was no longer than 5 minutes. This was an epic fail on my part. How should I prepare for a basic pohone interview next time?

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Comments (16)

  • LAWM's picture

    Its ops. They don't need to know much more.

  • JimmyDormandy's picture

    First off I would say you need to slow down - there is no way you can succintly answer the above in 5 minutes. Also, you should have questions as well - even though HR is generally worthless, it will show you know what the position is, etc.

    Also - a long time back, a somewhat mentor of mine told me you should always stand up on while on a phone interview. It increases the pitch of your voice, and when you sit your tend to slouch which leads to a weak tone, ultimately making you sound like a pussy (and no one wants a pussy working for them).

    Of course, there are many other things to do - these are just simple techniques that should be second nature. Maybe MS didn't think you were a fit once they had you on the phone - never know.

    "Jesus, he's like a gremlin; comes with instructions and shit"

  • In reply to LAWM
    JimmyDormandy's picture

    LAWM:
    Its ops. They don't need to know much more.

    What the fuck is that supposed to mean - don't start with this shit. Do you work for Morgan Stanley? Highly doubt it. Stop patronizing him about an Ops position - everyone needs a foot in the door.

    "Jesus, he's like a gremlin; comes with instructions and shit"

  • In reply to JimmyDormandy
    Getgo's picture

    JimmyDormandy:
    LAWM:
    Its ops. They don't need to know much more.

    What the fuck is that supposed to mean - don't start with this shit. Do you work for Morgan Stanley? Highly doubt it. Stop patronizing him about an Ops position - everyone needs a foot in the door.

    lols at this. Agree with Jimmy though.

  • In reply to JimmyDormandy
    jpu898's picture

    JimmyDormandy:
    LAWM:
    Its ops. They don't need to know much more.

    What the fuck is that supposed to mean - don't start with this shit. Do you work for Morgan Stanley? Highly doubt it. Stop patronizing him about an Ops position - everyone needs a foot in the door.

    Silver banana for putting down the douche

  • In reply to jpu898
    JimmyDormandy's picture

    jpu898:
    JimmyDormandy:
    LAWM:
    Its ops. They don't need to know much more.

    What the fuck is that supposed to mean - don't start with this shit. Do you work for Morgan Stanley? Highly doubt it. Stop patronizing him about an Ops position - everyone needs a foot in the door.

    Silver banana for putting down the douche

    Gracias - had to do it. Can't stand that shit on here

    "Jesus, he's like a gremlin; comes with instructions and shit"

  • In reply to JimmyDormandy
    SHORTmyCDO's picture

    JimmyDormandy:

    Also - a long time back, a somewhat mentor of mine told me you should always stand up on while on a phone interview. It increases the pitch of your voice, and when you sit your tend to slouch which leads to a weak tone, ultimately making you sound like a pussy (and no one wants a pussy working for them).

    This^^^ I always stand while on phone interviews and try to smile as much as possible, the tone of your voice comes out different and you sound enthusiastic. My girlfriends dad who is a CFO of a small commercial bank (not successful for the people on here, but I think he's a pretty successful guy and he makes good money), but he once told me back in the day he would put on a suit for every phone interview he had. Take it for what it's worth, but he said it would get him in the proper mind set.

  • teddy brosevelt's picture

    I had an MS Ops phone interview as well.. Mine was only about 15 minutes, and I ended up hearing from them just a few days later about second round.

    Personally, I think recruiters can get a much better sense of the interviewee in person...

    Maybe it did not go as bad as you think.

    "Major in economics; use your economics degree to get an analyst job on Wall Street; use your analyst job to get into Harvard or Stanford Business School; and worry about the rest of your life later"

  • mjali001's picture

    Yea I really wanted this position, I kind of lucked out. She rushed me off the phone didn't even get a chance to ask her questions or about the position. Was a pretty bad phone interview on my part

  • ThirtyThree's picture

    I had a wealth mgmt phone interview with MS my freshman year and it was 30 mins, which I consider relatively brief. The HR lady sounded rushed, as if she had 1,000 of these things to do which she probably did. Didn't think it went that well, but got 2nd round. Don't give up hope so fast. Not the end of the world.

    "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard. But if talent works hard, you're fucked. I suggest you get some talent."

  • mjali001's picture

    I guess I was right, I got an email saying I won't be getting a second interview. What should I do next time to prepare myself for a phone interview?

  • midnight_oil's picture

    OP - it's great that you're humble and have a knack for self-analysis / introspection. It will help you in the future, and some the posters' advice here is extremely helpful (standing up, etc.). With this attitude you have a greater chance to succeed.

    But don't beat yourself down too much. From it sounds, they just didn't give you that big of a chance. I know sometimes we need to do extraordinary things to get noticed, but there ARE times out there where you unfortunately can't control how long the interview is going to last if the HR lady has pre-allocated a certain time for it. Just get more opportunities and it'll be a game of numbers at that point.

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