12/31/07

This is my first post to this forum. Having a great learning experience reading different posts here. I needed your perspective in one of the interview questions that I am struggling with and will appreciate any input from this forum

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.

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12/31/07

"It's all about the people. Specifically, I've met [xx, yy, zz] at Morgan Stanley and have been more impressed with them and connected on a personal level more so than with those at other banks. To me it's all about the culture, and that is where MS excels."

Just make sure you actually know a few people who work there and this tends to work well... expand upon it with what they have actually told you.

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12/31/07

respect J. Mack for having the audacity to hire an accused rapist who, while rightfully acquitted, still made documented use of the n-word.

if that didn't raise a flag in ding-happy IB recruitment land, then your comment shouldn't either.

12/31/07
desecrato:

respect J. Mack for having the audacity to hire an accused rapist who, while rightfully acquitted, still made documented use of the n-word.

if that didn't raise a flag in ding-happy IB recruitment land, then your comment shouldn't either.

LOL!

12/31/07

god, i hate those kind of questions. if i ever interview anyone for a position at a BB i would never ask such a meaningless question.

good luck to you.

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12/31/07

This question is completely personal - regurgitating someone's response will not help.

Why are you interested in Morgan Stanley? Do you have personal experiences with the bank or any relationships to bankers there? Do you admire the deal flow MS receives? Is there a particular group you are really interested in and that's why you applied?

This is a way for you to steer your interview and make it more conversational and personal.

12/31/07

^This.

Among all the criteria listed above though, definitely include anyone you know at the firm. This will allow you to talk about them in a positive light and how it is reflective of the firm in its entirety.

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You are passionate about helping families achieve their savings and retirement goals

12/31/07

If you can't answer this question, than you must completely daft. Cheers mate!

12/31/07

has to be personal. Obviously touch on the name brand and its positioning relative to other banks, but have one solid reason why MS, and make it unique and personal. Like people have mentioned above me, maybe a specific deal interested you and MS was the advisor on it. Give the interviewer something to remember you by.

"My name's Ralph Cox, and I'm from where ever's not gonna get me hit"

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12/31/07

just say you like being in a firm thats stuck in the aristocracy of yesteryear (culturally)

12/31/07

serious replies also welcome

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All banks at the end of the day are the same. So all you can really do is emphasize how "different" their culture is, and how well it suits your personality. And so yea, the easiest and most believable way to do it is by referring to actual people you know within the firm. This is why it's important to get some names and build some rapport with people during campus events.

12/31/07

Because you want to work somewhere well-positioned for success and growth (so you can work on interesting deals and maybe get promoted, etc) and the reasons you think they're well positioned are xy and z.

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12/31/07

Institutional equity is top notch as well. Just saw global equity league tables on Bloomberg and they were 1 or 2 in almost every category.

I am biased though.

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12/31/07

you don't like cash bonuses

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