HSBC Holdings Interview Questions

Updated Sep 6, 2014
Updated Sep 6, 2014
277 Interview Reviews

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I had a phone interview with 3 associates. Then was invited to meet with the group's head. After this HR contacted me again to meet with 4 more people, one Managing Director and 3 Associates. HR has been giving me feedback all along and has kept me up to date on the progress of the process.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions have been mostly about fit and previous experience, no hard technical questions (yet).   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
  2.  

    Customer Service Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Lewisville, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lewisville, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 days - interviewed at HSBC Holdings in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    Applied online.... got phone call.....went to interview....... got job. It's basic customer service that situational questions. Nothing to be scared about. The company had a great bonus structure.... but changed when the company changed the bonuses changed drastically.

    Negotiation Details
    straight forward.... hourly
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at HSBC Holdings.

    Interview Details

    Applied online through a my college career page and was called back for an interview about 2 months later out of the blue for a part time school year internship

    Interview Questions
    • Very simple interview, just asked how many hours I can work and tell me something about yourself that isn't on your resume. Overall it was nothing over ally intense or difficult.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Premier Relationship Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at HSBC Holdings.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and had 3-4 interviews before getting an offer; met with local manager, senior management, and branch staff. Senior management promises the world and then you start and realize that they said things that were 180 degrees different than the reality. Get any and every expectation in writing! An email, something- about the location you'll work in, the hours, etc. Logically you would expect management to be somewhat accurate about your job, because why hire someone who will not be a fit or quit right away. But they need bodies in the jobs and retention of employees doesn't seem like a concern. Pay attention to little signs- I felt like there was some friction in the location I'm in at the interview but dismissed it, but there's been a lot of turnover and every employee in the office is looking at other jobs

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing unexpected; typical interview questions. The pay structure was unexpected- HSBC pays everyone now a "discretionary" bonus v a bonus based on production numbers (of course, it really is about x numbers of products sold...).   View Answer
    • Not unexpected but was asked to do a role play with the manager as a new customer   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I asked for a base pay that I was told needed an exception to approve (not really higher than industry average so I don't know if that was true), but no push back and I got what I'd asked for. Background check was a mess- everything is through a contact center in India so expect to be asked for documents over and over again (past W-2s etc). Urine drug test required as the last step. I regret not asking for more clarity about the work environment (some branches have the majority of their clients who's primary language isn't English, so you'll automatically lose an opportunity to work with those clients if you don't speak their language) . The stated goals in the interview process were very different than the actual goals I learned of once I started working
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    multiple step interview process for low initial offerings. which, unfortunately, has become a staple in this job market. atleast 20% lower than competitors for same position/industry. even after renegotiating, the ceiling was low. the company in itself is large and carries notoriety. you can establish industry connections that may further advance your opportunities in the future. but for now, you would settle for a less competitive pay scale.

    Interview Questions
    • basic interview process. no real surprises. best advice: know yourself. only know enough about the company to show your interest. the rest is about you and your relevance to them.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    pay.

    Declined Offer
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    Commercial Banking Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First the interviewer asks me for basic introduction. Then come to questions about the company and the position you are applying, like why HSBC and why this division. There are also other questions about the company like what do you know know about HSBC and the major competitors. He also asks me about what qualities you possessed to make you suitable for this position.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  8.  

    Vice President Strategy Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Panama, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Panama, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at HSBC Holdings in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    Efficient process and incentivates people skills

    Interview Questions
    • I belive if you are able to addapt ther are no difficult tasks   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Senior Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Phone interview, then face 2 face intervirew. Standard Java interview.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at HSBC Holdings.

    Interview Details

    Sent application via campus recruiting, two phone interviews with team, online quantitative exam.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing unexpected - only market-based was "how do you value a company"   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    30 minute phone interview (mainly behavioral). Online numerical reasoning test. 4 Interviews in person.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you expect is going to happen with the global markets in the short run?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview

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