I have a summer associate internship interview at Morgan Stanley. I am struggling with Why Morgan Stanley question. Excellent quality deal flow with premier clients in the industry is a great start and I know this is what MS bankers always talk about but how can I convince that will help me and not just feed my ego.
How to Answer the Question Why MS?
In any interview or informational phone call - you will likely be asked an equivalent of this question - so it is critical that you have a thought out and practiced answer. To help your answer stand out, you should do extensive research on the firm's website to determine what they consider to be their core values and competitive advantages. In addition to this background research - you should try and speak with members of the firm in the division you're interested in so that you can get a better understanding of the culture of the firm. All of these things should be considered into your answer.
Sample Why Morgan Stanley Answer
I first became interested in Morgan Stanley when attending an informational session at XYZ school. There I spoke with several alumni from the MS Investment Banking Division. After connecting with members of the firm at that event, I was connected to speak to more alumni from the firm who spoke extensively about the lean deal teams and academic culture of the firm. Recently, I had the chance to come visit a banking floor and speak with bankers throughout the day. After that experience, I knew that I wanted to work at MS due to the great analyst experience driven by the small deal teams and strong culture of the firm.
Check out how MS describes their internship below. This can help you figure out what the company values so that you can work those factors into your answer.
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