Prepare for Morgan Stanley Numerical Test, Online Aptitude Tests and Assessment Centre

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Morgan Stanley is responsible for employing over 60,000 employees in 36 countries worldwide. The three main branches of the firm are Global Wealth Management, Institutional Securities and Investment Management.

Morgan Stanley Recruitment Process

There are many stages to Morgan Stanley recruitment process, particularly for the Morgan Stanley graduate scheme. We will outline each step below in more detail to give you a full understanding of what Morgan Stanley want their candidates to go through  and how we can help you succeed through the entire application. 

The different steps are:

Morgan Stanley Online Application Form

This is the first step of the Morgan Stanley recruitment process for every position. There are a few key points to bear in mind when completing this form. First of all, you are given the opportunity to upload your CV as well as a cover letter. These two items cannot be underestimated as they not only are the keys to get you through to the next stage but also will be used in the future as basis for your Morgan Stanley interview. Find out how we can help you create the perfect CV and cover letter.

Morgan Stanley Online Tests

Once the application has been accepted, you will be sent a link to a combination of four possible tests: numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, logical reasoning and speed/accuracy checking. These tests have been provided by CEB’s SHL, one of the biggest psychometric testing companies around. The different online tests are:

Numerical Test

In this test you will be given 18 questions to answer in a 25-minute time limit. You are presented with information in the form of tables and graphs. To answer the questions correctly you need to use your ability to interpret and analyse numerical data, work out percentages, ratios, and understand different charts. The Morgan Stanley numerical test not only assesses your ability to understand complex numerical data but also your ability to work under pressure. You get just over a minute per question and this means that if you are not at the top of your game you will not be able to do yourself justice. Hence, a thorough understanding of these numerical tests is necessary to help you succeed. 

Verbal Reasoning Test

In this Morgan Stanley online test you will be presented with a passage of information sometimes related to the financial world but often on a subject that is more general. The text in the Morgan Stanley verbal reasoning test often contains a host of different facts that are often only loosely related to one another. You have to answer multiple choice questions relating to the text, usually four questions per text. Practising for this tests gives you an understanding of the style of questions, and how to work under severe time constraints thus leading to higher test scores. 

Learn more about CEB's SHL-style Verbal Test.

Checking Test

This Morgan Stanley online test is vastly different from the other online tests that you will take in that your analytical skills are not under the microscope here. However, your ability to work under pressure is. You will be presented with a string of numbers and you have to compare the given numbers to a sheet of numbers that are very similar to yours. You will have 32 comparisons to make in the two minute time frame.

Logical Reasoning Test

In this test you are presented with a series of diagrams that follow a logical pattern. You have to identify this and select the next item in the sequence. There are five different options to choose from and only one of them is the correct answer. There are 24 questions in this test and you have 25 minutes to complete it. The best way to get a grip on these tests is to practice taking similar ones that give you a thorough understanding of the underlying concepts behind them. At JobTestPrep we have many such tests that by taking will give you the best chance of success in the real thing.

Morgan Stanley Interview

If you have been successful at the previous stages of the Morgan Stanley recruitment process, you will be invited to take part in a Morgan Stanley telephone interview. This is a 45 minute competency based interview and you will have to demonstrate a real desire to work for Morgan Stanley at the same time. Some example questions include:

  • Please give me an example of when you had an idea that was different from the rest of your team. How did you deal with this?
  • Please explain any complex concept of your choice in simple terms.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult task and the steps you took to accomplish the task.
  • Why have you chosen this department?
  • Why did you apply to Morgan Stanley?

You are also asked questions on your chosen division in more detail including points about what it entails, or who are the regulatory bodies.

When answering these questions it is recommended that you use the STAR method as well as incorporate the key competencies of the company. They are listed in your job application so make sure you are completely at ease with them. Try out our Skype based interview for the complete preparation.

Morgan Stanley Assessment Centre

Once you have completed the previous steps you will be invited to participate in the Morgan Stanley assessment centre. This is only a half day assessment centre but there are a number of different activities that you will face. We will outline them below.

Morgan Stanley Interviews

There are two separate interviews that you will receive at the Morgan Stanley assessment centre. Each of them is 45 minutes in length with one of them being more skills based whilst the other will be more competency based. Some Morgan Stanley interview questions at the assessment centre include:

  • Give me an example of a skill that you have acquired and used it.
  • Tell me about a time when you were wrong.
  • Tell me about a time when you disagreed with other members of your team.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to communicate with a member of the team that you found difficult to deal with.
  • Can you tell me about a time when you faced a major challenge.

For each of the questions you will face a probing for more detail from the two interviewers. You will also need to explain your CV and qualifications, what you learned from the courses that relate to your prospective duties in the company, and why you think you are a good fit for Morgan Stanley.

Morgan Stanley Group Exercise

In this part of the assessment centre, candidates who applied for the Morgan Stanley graduate program will take part in a group exercise. In this assessment, you will be split up into groups of six and are given a budget concerning a business acquisition. It is your task as a team to decide how to allocate the money. Each of you will be given a different department to represent and you have to convince the other members of the group that your department needs X amount of money. You have 30 minutes to discuss this with other members of the team. There is however, one big surprise and that is that half way through your discussion one of the assessors appears and announces that the budget has been slashed by 50%.

As well as this, you should preparr your results for a five minute presentation as a group on your decision. In a sense, this is similar to a case study interview where you present factual evidence to back up your findings.

In Summary

We have gone through the various tests and assessments that you can expect to face throughout the Morgan Stanley recruitment process. As one of the largest multinational financial services there is high demand for places. With the advice given here we are sure you can go into an application with complete confidence. We hope you have enjoyed this article and look forward to helping you achieve success in your application.

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