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3 Effective Ways to Get An Interview Call from Morgan Stanley

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1. Sharpen Your Social Skills

While being around hard-core professionals at this stage might seem daunting, remember, that this is your chance to stand out. Developing and practising your social skills can significantly help you in this area. How do you approach someone you don’t know? What is your body language? Are you maintaining eye contact? Are you sharing your ambitions and asking them about their experiences? You’ll be in a better position to ace and feel comfortable at networking events once you have practised effective communication. 

2. Ensure the Basics are Extraordinary 

The only surefire way to get an interview call is to apply. And to do it extremely well. For this reason, you should allow yourself a couple of weeks to get the online application in place even if you only need a resume and cover letter. Both these elements must be impactful. 

  • “Write it like a letter—include your address, Dear Sir/Madam (or better still, the name of the person, if you know who the interviewer is), and make sure to end it with a closing (“Yours faithfully,” etc).”
  • The first paragraph should outrightly mention why you’re writing the letter. Mention the position you are applying for and if you learned about it through a recruiting event.
  • The middle 2-3 paragraphs should explain why Morgan Stanley—your reason for choosing the division, what about the company interests you, and why you might be a good fit.
  • Close the cover letter by thanking the recruiter and stating that you are looking forward to a positive response.
  • Needless to say, proofread the letter like it’s the most important document you will ever write and don’t use one-size-fits-all prototypes for all positions.
  • Don’t hesitate to include experiences or skills that make you unique.

3. Actively Reach Out and Display Resourcefulness

Often as young individuals, we may hesitate to reach out to those who are more accomplished than us. But the only thing stopping us is our mental block. As an aspiring investment banker, your biggest resource is your university’s career services department as well as LinkedIn. Networking at university events is one part of the process but what else can you do to show that you have gone the extra mile?

Think about, what have I got to lose? If you reach out politely to a current or former Morgan Stanley employee, the worst that could happen is that you never hear back. But the best possible scenario, even if one person gets back to you, is that you can gain access to real-time information and experiences. Morgan Stanley recruiters highly value this skill of resourcefulness. 

Conclusion

A foot in the door at Morgan Stanley is a dream for many would-be investment bankers but a reality for a selected few. The difference isn’t necessarily your credentials or background but how well you can express your strengths and convince the recruiter that you are driven like none other. Exceptional communication skills, a stellar and honest resume and cover letter, and self-motivation or resourcefulness can help you navigate that gap to reach the next stage of getting hired at Morgan Stanley.

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