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HSBC Holdings Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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Average Interview

Customer Service Representative Interview

Customer Service Representative
Lewisville, TX

I applied online and 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


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Intern Interview

Intern
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – 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


Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Premier Relationship Manager Interview

Premier Relationship Manager
San Francisco, CA

I applied online and 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


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Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

Account Executive Interview

Account Executive

Interviewed at HSBC Holdings

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 Question – 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

Reason for Declining – pay.


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Commercial Banking Officer Interview

Commercial Banking Officer

Interviewed at HSBC Holdings

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 Question – How can you contribute to HSBC?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Vice President Strategy Interview

Vice President Strategy
Panama, NY

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

Interview Details – Efficient process and incentivates people skills

Interview Question – I belive if you are able to addapt ther are no difficult tasks   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Senior Software Developer Interview

Senior Software Developer

Interviewed at HSBC Holdings

Interview Details – Phone interview, then face 2 face intervirew. Standard Java interview.

Interview Question – The questions were pretty standard (mvc, j2ee, db).   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Intern Interview

Intern

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – Nothing unexpected - only market-based was "how do you value a company"   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Intern Interview

Intern

Interviewed at HSBC Holdings

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

Interview Question – What do you expect is going to happen with the global markets in the short run?   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Compliance Interview

Compliance

I applied online and interviewed at HSBC Holdings.

Interview Details – I applied online and a few weeks later received an email inviting me to interview. I participated in a phone interview a few days later. Interview itself was about 45 minutes long and consisted mostly of behavioral and competency questions that probed my basic knowledge of finance as well as my understanding of what exactly HSBC stood for.

Interview Questions

  • What do you think the financial world will look like in 2050? Be specific.   Answer Question
  • Identify a financial scandal of the past few years and explain what happened. How do you think this scandal and its fallout have impacted HSBC?   Answer Question

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