HSBC Holdings Interview Questions

Updated Aug 29, 2015
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at HSBC Holdings.

    Interview

    One phone interview and two on-site interviews. First had a call with an internal recruiter; then met with the hiring manager and team members; lastly met with direct manager's manager. The entire process is concise but well-organized. The interviewers seemed to be well-prepared. Some of the questions were difficult but I did not take them personally. Confidence and some sense of humor would definitely help. Do your homework!

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    • Typical behavioral questions plus questions about the specific areas applied for. -Strengths and weaknesses -How to work with difficult people -What would your current manager say about you -Why are you interested in this position, HSBC and this industry? etc.   Answer Question
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    Teller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at HSBC Holdings (New York, NY) in August 2015.

    Interview

    First you apply, then hr recruiter calls for phone interview. If you passes the phone one you get an email or call to meet with the branch manager. Most question is what you know about the company, dealing with difficult customers and SALES.

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    • What was the product and services you had to sale in your previous job and of course how did you achieved?   Answer Question
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    Credit Policy and Risk Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    I got a phone interview from a member in the team. I was asked several questions, mainly on Excel and SAS macro. The signal was really bad and I asked the interviewer to repeat several times.

    Interview Questions

    • How to do copy 1000 entries in table A to table B in Excel without directly using copy and paste?   Answer Question
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    Investment Councellor Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    I got a call from a recruiter on a Friday afternoon, who then scheduled me for a phone interview on Monday. I spent the weekend doing research and once Monday came I never got a call. I called John from Michigan and he never returned my messages. About a month later I finally received an email saying the position was filled. Terrible experience and I will never again be applying with this joke of a bank.

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    Custody Tax Reporting Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at HSBC Holdings (New York, NY) in July 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process was a complete waste of time. I applied via a recruiter and the process took roughly two days. Recruiter submitted my profile on a Friday, and received a call from the recruiter the following Monday informing me that the Hiring Manager from HSBC was interested in an on-site interview for the permanent role. The interview was scheduled for Wednesday @8am in the city. I interviewed first with the Manager of the newly created Custody Tax Group followed by her Manager. The interview was conversational, no behavioral questions which I prefer. Honestly, very easy interview. We of course delved into my resume and my tax accomplishments but not shedding too much light on other experiences outside of tax ops. I coined the interview a waste of time because both the recruiter that submitted me and the HSBC Managers both viewed my resume in order to know I was missing one of the main components HSBC Managers were looking for to which is 1042 processing. Although, my resume reflected knowledge of the 1042 form, it lacked extensive working knowledge as it relates to the withholding feature but yet they still invited me into the interview. As an unemployed person I spent $37 dollars (which consisted of public transportation since I did not drive my car) to get to that interview. If they were seeking someone with extensive knowledge of a specified process, the Hiring Managers should have bypassed my resume to prevent me from wasting my time and money. After receiving the feedback the following week from the staffing recruiter which entailed me lacking the 1042 processing, I became livid. Because all the other tax processing was there with the exception of the extensive 1042 processing, I guess I am not trainable in their eyes. Even though, in retro I was trained on my entire accomplishments, as we all are. As no one comes into a new role, knowing everything because even the technology we're using to process said duties, a person has to be trained on. I got the impression the Manager felt she couldn't factor in time to train me on a simple 1042 process. I am quite sure she did not come into the job knowing the specifics or the technology used to processed the "specifics". These people will only train people or give an opportunity to someone they feel looks more like them, lets be honest and read in between the lines.

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    Senior Credit Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at HSBC Holdings (Chicago, IL).

    Interview

    Had a phone interview with HR. The interviewer was disorganized but said that my information would be passed along to the hiring manager and that they would be in contact for an in-person interview. That was 2 months ago and the HR member has totally ignored my emails and calls. Very unprofessional.

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    Bank Teller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at HSBC Holdings (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Not the best experience ! First I was contacted by a recruiter who scheduled me for an interview with a branch manager ...I arrived for them to tell me the manager couldn't make it . They rescheduled again and the manager was a hr late and she had her employee interview me ... Who clearly didn't have any experience interviewing . After the process they gave me her card to follow up . Tried several times no answer. Received another call from a recruiter for another branch manager interview for another location ... Again the manager was late and interrupted by employees . To sum it all up both interviews were unsuccessful !

    Interview Questions

    • What does HSBC stand For and Where is there Head Quarters Located ?   1 Answer
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    Customer Experience Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at HSBC Holdings (Bethesda, MD) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Initially participated in an informal interview with a branch manager. The initial interview was very informative. An open dialogue was conducted to find out if my goals aligned with the position and potential future opportunities. It was clear that HSBC is looking to hire those with the intention of making a career out of joining the bank as opposed to those using it as simply a stepping stone.

    Interview Questions

    • What area are you interested in finance and do you see this opportunity as a potential career?   Answer Question
  10.  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at HSBC Holdings.

    Interview

    Long wait and thin pay. But well, it is worth doing especially if one plans to develop his/her career in HK, the most brand-conscious place in the world. HR was always in a condescending tone. However, I show my greatest respects with this company for their willingness to take in candidates with no work experience (even said that this wasn't a problem). Interview was 2 rounds, first with HR (based in mainland) and line manager in HK. Both were behavioral questions except for a little bit general knowledge of HSBC expected in the 1st round. They expect specific answers. Just answer as detailed as possible, and try to carry the convo (not being overly dominating tho of course).

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a problem you encountered when working in a group What are the core values of HSBC Talk about what you do outside the classroom etc   Answer Question
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    Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at HSBC Holdings.

    Interview

    it was very difficult. questions were very tough. started with technical round and all questions were bouncing back. some questions included what is your previous experience, how were you able to over come your weakness

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