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Morgan Stanley 2020 Sophomore SA Megathread

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Didn't see any posts related to this topic, so wanted to create a thread where current freshman could discuss their recruiting efforts for Summer 2020. I applied for IB, GCM, and Quantitative Finance, what about you guys?

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Mar 14, 2019

applied to ib sa2020, got hirevue instantly, it was 2 behavioral questions took less than 2 min

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Mar 14, 2019

That's awesome, could you PM me the questions possibly?

Mar 14, 2019

Be able to talk about a recent global event/deal that interests you and a time you had a problem

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Mar 21, 2019

Could you please PM me the questions? Thank you!

Mar 14, 2019

are you diversity?

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Mar 19, 2019

No I'm not, but I figured I'd apply anyways

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Mar 14, 2019

Wow applications are released really early. Is there any advantage to applying right now rather than later? Will we be hearing back sooner or is it the same timeline?

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Mar 14, 2019

Well there's no advantage to applying late.. I always apply ASAP. If you have a network it doesn't matter when you applied for resume pushes. Earlier is always better unless you are still recruiting for this summer & could still add more meat to your resume

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Jun 4, 2019

I talked to the recruiter and they're open early but they're reviewing them all toward the latter half of the summer so you can treat it like a July opening but @champagnepaki" no advantage is really gained unless you're network is severely lacking

Mar 17, 2019

Is the Hirevue automatically given? I applied and never got one, but had a buddy who received one right away.

Mar 18, 2019

I feel like they're automatic, because I literally got it the second I submitted submit

Mar 19, 2019

Echoing this. I received one the second I applied. If you didn't get an email, check your application portal and it'll show action required.

Mar 19, 2019

its diversity only for sophomores(class of 2022). I talked to an MD and anyone non diversity doesnt make it past HR even with a push.

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Mar 19, 2019

yea that's what i thought but the application is really easy so i just did it anyways because I thought it would at least show interest

Mar 19, 2019

MS might keep the file on hand if it passes the system screen. What's your GPA and do you go to a MS core school?

Mar 21, 2019

So do non-diversity people not even get a first-round phone interview? Or is it after that phone interview when non-diversity get dropped?

Mar 25, 2019

It doesn't say diversity only though on the actual app itself????

Mar 25, 2019

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Mar 19, 2019

Does anyone know the questions for MS Equity Research and Fixed Income Research? Thx!

Mar 25, 2019

I was non-diversity but still got HireVue maybe they will take some non diversity?

ALso i feel like admission is rolling because i was only given 2 days to complete Hirevue

Also will they be more sympathetic to earlier applicants? I did not do that well on Hirevue and now everybody knows the questions so i feel kind of done for...

Mar 25, 2019

Did you know what the questions were going into it? I did hirevue last week. Why do you think you did poorly?

Mar 25, 2019

I didn't know the questions going in. I also got tricked because I thought I was in practice mode but only realized partway in that I was in the actual interview so yeah lol rip MS.

Are there any other sophmore specific programs open yet? I know JPM opens in June Goldman is July (although that is basically a shot in the dark lol). Citi seems to be more leadership oriented so I"m not really sure If i have a chance or not.

Apr 16, 2019

Did the IB interview, planning on doing the ER one later! Does anyone know the timeline of everything (like when we hear back for the next steps)?

Apr 19, 2019

Was this a first round phone call interview? If so, when did you hear back?

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Apr 21, 2019

Sorry, I should have clarified. I just meant that I finished the HireVue portion of the interview! I did not hear back yet but was wondering when we could expect to move on to the next step.

May 10, 2019

Has anyone heard back about first round interviews? Heard the Menlo Park office is starting to roll them out

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May 16, 2019

I received invitation to complete online psychometric tests for IBD SA 2020. Does everyone get them. Non target from UK btw.

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May 16, 2019

I got one too - non-target as well!

May 16, 2019

I don't think everyone gets them. I applied in March and just got the email today. It would seem pointless to wait 2 months to send me that email if it was just part of the application lol. Also the fact we all got it the same day should say something, unlike the Hirevue. Having said that i was certain i tanked the Hirevue part but guess not lol.

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May 16, 2019

Any ideas on when sophomore SA recruiting is going to end? Should we expect superday(s) sometime this summer or closer to the fall?

May 17, 2019

Anyone do the online exam? Was it like the CS assessment where you have to work fast to complete?

Edit: Nvm, the assessment was quite fair...good thing I applied to a bunch of locations so by the time I got my NYC and Houston apps, I knew the numerical and logic questions inside and out haha

May 18, 2019

Were the questions pretty similar across different banks? Lol I feel like I did really bad on the numerical one so hopefully I'll do better for other banks if they have similar tests.

May 18, 2019

Are you a sophmore? Where else have you applied?

May 22, 2019

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May 17, 2019

Got the email to do the assessment. How do I opt out of the application process? No longer interested in MS SA 2020.

May 17, 2019

just don't take the assessment -- once 48 hours after receipt of the email hits you'll be automatically disqualified.

May 23, 2019

Is this actually true?

May 23, 2019

have you accepted an offer somewhere else?:)

May 18, 2019

Does anybody have any information regarding the steps for recruitment this year? Is it going to be Hirevue + Online Assesment -> Superday? Hirevue + Online Assesment -> Phone Screen -> Superday? If Anyone has any contacts who have information with regards to recruiting, it would be very helpful.

I completed the tests and don't feel as though I did super well. The situational judgement test had a lot of answers that were frankly horrible. Also, I was quit out of the switch challenge after reaching level 10 or 11 each time I did test even though time hadn't expired. Did anyone else have a similar experience? Feel free to PM me.

May 18, 2019

I actually thought the situational judgment was the easiest section didnt do well on the other 2 though I know some basic accounting but time crunch was still insane for numerical guessing I got 9-10 right. As for the logic one what is a good level? I got a level similar to you which I assumed wasn't that high kept missing the puzzles...

May 19, 2019
quantgrunt:

I actually thought the situational judgment was the easiest section didnt do well on the other 2 though I know some basic accounting but time crunch was still insane for numerical guessing I got 9-10 right. As for the logic one what is a good level? I got a level similar to you which I assumed wasn't that high kept missing the puzzles...

I got to level 25 on the switch challenge. The numerical was a nightmare.

May 19, 2019

Can anybody else not see the link for the reasoning tests? I got the email and clicked into my application center but it just says thanks for submitting your online assessments with no prompt to actually complete them.

May 19, 2019
FlamingJay:

Can anybody else not see the link for the reasoning tests? I got the email and clicked into my application center but it just says thanks for submitting your online assessments with no prompt to actually complete them.

I thought the assessment was for only UK students? I couldn't find any precedence for this. It was hirevue-> phone interview->superday?

May 19, 2019

No I am Canadian and received an email. But I can't find the link anywhere. I emailed MS and am awaiting a response.

May 20, 2019

I think you missed the deadline. Everyone got the email May 16 afternoon so deadline would have been May 18. Sorry :(

May 21, 2019

Hey! Just for an update it they reset it for me- I still have time!

Jul 1, 2019

did you only have to do the assessment once? or is it like the hirevue where you do it multiple times for different locations?

May 19, 2019

I am a US student and my school is not a target for Morgan Stanley. Has anyone found any news/updates for their timeline?

May 20, 2019

Does anyone know what the next step is? I feel like this week would be when we start hearing back with regards to whether we are moving on. It shouldn't take too long to figure out percentiles, etc.

May 20, 2019
StrictlyMonkeyBusiness:

Does anyone know what the next step is? I feel like this week would be when we start hearing back with regards to whether we are moving on. It shouldn't take too long to figure out percentiles, etc.

We all failed lol.

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May 20, 2019

lol wish I had an SB to give you but so true xd.

May 21, 2019

The posting is still up on LinkedIn- I feel like people may be waiting for a while yet or its rolling now- just an educated guess though.

May 21, 2019

I'm assuming its rolling. We are probably round 1.

May 20, 2019

Can anyone confirm their assessment questions? Mine were as follows;

1.Situational- answered a slew of instant messages from hypothetical bankers/ teammates. I did Fairly well and answered all questions pretty quickly.

  1. Numerical- given 6 different financial documents that had to be individually opened to view information. 18 questions in 6 minutes. Got my ass kicked on this. Answered 10 of them and might have only got 2-3 right.
  2. Switch challenge- the input of shapes is the output. This definitely test how well your brain can analyze things quickly. I got to level 24-25 on this. Not sure what a good number is.
May 20, 2019

Yeah that's what it was. I'm not sure the weighting of the sections which would be interesting to know. How did you get level 25 tho? That's like over 4 a minute... Is this your first time doing the puzzles or have you had similar experience before?

May 20, 2019
quantgrunt:

Yeah that's what it was. I'm not sure the weighting of the sections which would be interesting to know. How did you get level 25 tho? That's like over 4 a minute... Is this your first time doing the puzzles or have you had similar experience before?

First time. I couldn't even find anything online in terms of what the assessment consisted of ahead of time, so it was tough to prepare for.

May 20, 2019

I got to round 27 on the numerical switchChallenge and I don't consider myself strong at quant at all. I've got friends that can hit 40+ easily on this so I wonder where the "cutoff" is going to be this year.. not that it'll ever be made public

May 21, 2019
champagnepaki:

I got to round 27 on the numerical switchChallenge and I don't consider myself strong at quant at all. I've got friends that can hit 40+ easily on this so I wonder where the "cutoff" is going to be this year.. not that it'll ever be made public

Why would you even decide to take the test? You said that you already signed to a BB and if you were to get a super day invite then you would be effectively taking away an interview spot from someone else who likely doesn't have an offer.

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May 21, 2019

Are you sure it is going to be iq tests -> superday? Seems like they would at least have a phone interview round in between...

Jun 4, 2019

You're right. I've seen on other threads that this guy has already signed for SA 2020 at Barclays (and that is for a junior role, not a sophomore one). Honestly really weird if he actually took the time to take the MS tests if he isn't just lying (which would be even more weird).

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May 21, 2019

For the switchChallenge, I personally don't think it matters what "level" you got to but rather the difficulty of question you got to. For example, it started off with the most basic patterns and after a few "levels" they got harder and more complex. But if you got one wrong, the next question's difficulty level would be a notch easier to where you once were able to answer correctly. So if you hypothetically kept getting questions wrong and were constantly fed the easiest (basic) questions, as a result, you'd easily fly up the "levels" and get to level 25+. I personally think that it's the degree of difficulty the questions you reach that matters rather than the "level" since you can possibly be reach level 40 while only answering "difficulty level 1" questions. But then again, that's just my rationale and I may be wrong.

I took the assessment multiple times since I applied to multiple locations and this was my observation

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May 21, 2019
crazylook:

For the switchChallenge, I personally don't think it matters what "level" you got to but rather the difficulty of question you got to. For example, it started off with the most basic patterns and after a few "levels" they got harder and more complex. But if you got one wrong, the next question's difficulty level would be a notch easier to where you once were able to answer correctly. So if you hypothetically kept getting questions wrong and were constantly fed the easiest (basic) questions, as a result, you'd easily fly up the "levels" and get to level 25+. I personally think that it's the degree of difficulty the questions you reach that matters rather than the "level" since you can possibly be reach level 40 while only answering "difficulty level 1" questions. But then again, that's just my rationale and I may be wrong.

I took the assessment multiple times since I applied to multiple locations and this was my observation

What level did you get to without any mistakes?

May 21, 2019

I got to lvl 12 before making mistakes (for reference the hardest one i got right was where there were two rows and each row had 3 choices and had to pick one from each to get final sequence)

May 21, 2019

Round 12 was the furthest I went mistake-free. I got to round 29 with mistakes in a different attempt for a different location.

May 21, 2019

This is a really good point that I didnt think of

May 21, 2019

Sorry messed up the quote feature and ended up with this that i dont know how to delete. See below for actual reply

May 21, 2019
pare:

Didn't see any posts related to this topic, so wanted to create a thread where current freshman could discuss their recruiting efforts for Summer 2020. I applied for IB, GCM, and Quantitative Finance, what about you guys?

Didn't read this until now. I applied to IB, Quant, and Fixed Income but have only been asked to do more than a hirevue for IB (online iq tests)

May 26, 2019

It would be helpful if one of yall let us know when you hear back regarding the next steps.

Jun 3, 2019

If anyone wants to know the Hirevue questions, I'll sell them for cheap.

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Jun 9, 2019

If anyone wants to know the hirevue questions for free, literally look up earlier in this thread.

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Jun 3, 2019

Anyone hear back,after the assessment?

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Jun 10, 2019

I applied to the MS Menlo Park Office and did the HireVue a few months ago, but I also recently applied to the NYC office. The application is now telling me that I have to do the exact same fucking HireVue that I did for Menlo, except this time for NYC...

Is this right? It makes no fucking sense

Greed is Good

Jun 11, 2019

Yes unfortunately, same thing happened to me. Its the exact same questions too. You won't have to do the tests again though. They'll email you telling you to take the tests, but then you click to begin and it immediately says you're finished.

Jun 10, 2019

It seems like only some people received the interview questions. Am I reading the thread wrong? Is it Hirevue interview questions, then iq questions, then super day or whatever will follow or just the iq questions then super day for some people?

Jun 11, 2019

Everyone got the hirevue and the online assessment. There's no word yet on whether its straight to superday or phone screen first.

Jun 14, 2019

Just finished my online assessments. Overall not bad, but the numerical one is impossible to finish at the given time frame and getting 80% of the questions right.

Did anyone hear back after they finished their HireVue & Assessments?

Jun 20, 2019

Completed the hirevue back in April. Did a few networking calls as well, but analysts hinted that they were not officially starting until mid summer unless you had an offer on the table.

I presume some people have done official 1r calls and possibly supers, but only top target schools who have networked hard.

Jun 21, 2019

Nope, at a target and spoke with bankers at all levels. They're reviewing everything after the deadline

Jun 17, 2019

I filled out the application for ER and immediately got a Hirevue invitation, but for IBD haven't received anything and it's been 2 days. Any idea why this might have happened? I emailed them asking why this occurred and haven't gotten a response...

Jun 17, 2019

Is this program only for diversity candidates?

Jun 17, 2019

@crabcakes24 yes

Jun 17, 2019

I'm still not buying this. MS is clearly entertaining non-diversity candidates by giving a hirevue and then online tests. Furthermore, nowhere on the app itself does it state only 100% diversity. Rather it mentions how the program is to encourage diversity applicants. If they really just wanted diversity ONLY they would have created a filter to immediately DQ non-diversity applicants from the start.

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Jul 7, 2019

it says in the application description that it is only for diversity candidates

Jun 17, 2019

Has anyone gotten news about phone interviews or superdays? I feel like I completed my hirevue a while ago

Jun 17, 2019

It was mentioned earlier in this thread that we wont hear anything back until probably late july/ early august

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Jun 18, 2019

hey would you mind sharing the Hirevue questions? thanks in advance!

Jun 18, 2019

for JP morgan, found you through another thread. thanks!

Jun 27, 2019

Anyone know the timeline for GCM? IB deadline is July 7th but GCM has no deadline.

Jun 27, 2019

GCM is within IB at MS so July 7th as well

Jun 28, 2019

Does this mean people should start hearing back around that date?

Jun 28, 2019

Are phone screens and super days concurrent between IBD and GCM?

Jun 28, 2019

To people who applied to both IB and GCM, were the hirevues identical? Asking because I applied to IB a while ago but I'm thinking of applying to GCM too even though its not really my preference, and I'm trying to figure out whether I just need to regurgitate the recent deal/ problem answers or actually be prepped to answer new questions.

Jun 28, 2019

They're the same my friend

Jun 28, 2019

mine were different. GCM was much more markets focused, the IB ones were behavioral

Jul 1, 2019

Would you mind PMing me the IB questions?

Jul 1, 2019

look above in this thread

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Jul 2, 2019

Sales & Trading Fixed Income HireView Questions
- How did you become interested in financial markets?
- Why a career in Fixed Income Sales & Trading?
- What was a time you had to convince a team of people to change a course of action?

Jul 5, 2019

Anyone receive any news?

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Jul 7, 2019

Not yet, hbu?

Jul 7, 2019

Apps close tonight. The earliest they get back to us is tomorrow, or at least during the weekday

Jul 7, 2019

Heard from analysts that the HR will first screen the hirevue after the ddl.

Jul 7, 2019

I know we're given 48hrs to complete the hirevue, but since it's also part of the application, is the deadline to complete it tonight as well?

Jul 7, 2019

I applied a week ago and still haven't gotten the hi revue yet... what does this mean?

Jul 8, 2019

Your gpa was below the cutoff or you didn't have the right graduation date. The hirevue should be automatic

Jul 8, 2019

I am a rising sophomore with a 3.94...

Jul 9, 2019

Hi guys--I heard from HR today that they are not reviewing candidates for 2020 IBD Sophomore Summer Analyst Program until it is closed on September 1st. (So I believe if you've done your Hirevue and other assessments there's nothing more unitl Sep.)

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Jul 9, 2019

I thought those programs were closed as of July 7??

Jul 9, 2019

The ones that closed July 7 are IBD Summer Analyst for your junior year summer--sophomore summer programs are open.

Jul 9, 2019

What about GCM? Any word?

Jul 16, 2019

Just got the assessment yesterday.

What i have been reading so far is a 1. Situational 2. Numerical 3. Switch Challenge, however in my assessment description I got:
1. Numerical Reasoning Test
2. Inductive Reasoning Test
3. Situational Judgement Test

Anyone got this one before, any tips? I am familar with inductive and numerical (graphs and figures), but not situational judgement.

Jul 16, 2019

Situational is super simple, its like a texting app UI and you get texts from analysts, associates, MDs etc. with I think three different response options to choose from for each question. Just answer how you think they'd expect an analyst to answer.

Jul 17, 2019

Made the test yesterday.

Indeed situational was very easy and I scored excellent on that.
Inductive reasoning got hard at the end, I figured I got 18/20 correct
Numerical was a pain in the ass, did average on there, but had issues with the fact that the sheet would go over the question (so I had to re-close sheet sometimes to re-read question)

Jul 16, 2019

anyone hear anything from MS?

Jul 19, 2019

I applied over a month ago (from a target school) and did the hirevue for the quantitative finance sophomore sa. still haven't heard back regarding any tests I need to complete. are the tests sent to everyone? has anyone who applied to quant heard back yet (with tests or a phone interview)?

Jul 20, 2019

No, i only received the tests for IB but I also applied for quant fin

Jul 23, 2019

Has anyone heard back from HR about Superdays? Applied back when apps first opened with a referral. Completed hirevue and online assessment, but still have not heard back since then. Strange how MS opened apps early, yet GS has already given Superdays.

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Jul 25, 2019

Anyone know about IBD Superdays?

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Jul 27, 2019

bumping this anyone have any info about any of the divisions?

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Jul 31, 2019

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Aug 7, 2019

is it correct we would be invited for a hirevue right after online assessment? or are the links sent at the same time? i've just finished my online assessment but not sure what next steps would be ....

Aug 7, 2019

is it correct we would be invited for a hirevue right after online assessment? or are the two links sent at the same time? i've just finished my online assessment but havent heard anything abt hirevue... not certain what the next steps are...

Aug 7, 2019

Has anyone heard back regarding the S&T timeline for MS and its groups (FI, Eq, BRM)? First rounds or superdays?

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Aug 8, 2019

Has anyone heard back after Hirevue ? Especially Hong Kong /Beijing.

Aug 11, 2019

Haven't heard back anything, pls let us know when someone does.

Aug 8, 2019

Are the apps still open? Or is the recruiting timeline so advanced that there'd be no point applying now? Interested in IBD & Fixed Income and ER

Aug 12, 2019

Applications closed on July 7th so are no longer open at this point

Aug 12, 2019

They're still open online though.

Aug 10, 2019

Hi, did anyone hear back for first round interviews with MS for either equities, FI, or BRM?

Aug 12, 2019

nope. for me im till waiting to hear back after hirevue...

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Aug 14, 2019

This is for high school Sophomores right? I just finished 8th grade but applied anyway. Fingers crossed, Marshall Stanley is my top choice.

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Aug 20, 2019

Does anyone have any updates on when they're going to start sending out invitations for first round interviews?

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