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Updated Jul 15, 2014
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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Difficult Interview

International Manager Interview

International Manager
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at HSBC Holdings in May 2010.

Interview Details – Process consisted of 3 stages:
1- Online application: short essay questions on specific skills (client service, leadership etc)
2- Phone interview: typical behavioral interview questions (tell me about a time you showed xxx), questions on how much you know/ researched about the program
3 - Assessment center: full say simulation of a day in the life of a manager. Included 1:1 behavioral interview, group discussion, presentation, report writing, email responses and time management
Overall very intense stressful day but great opportunity to get to know other candidates and early joiners who answer questions

Interview Question – Tell me about a time you provided excellent service   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Difficult Interview

Management Associate Interview

Management Associate
Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at HSBC Holdings in November 2010.

Interview Details – Written test, tele interview, face-to-face interview, assessment center

Interview Question – assessment center is intense   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – no negotiation, standard package for all MA starters


No Offer

Negative Experience

Very Difficult Interview

Equity Analyst Interview

Equity Analyst
London, England (UK)

I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at HSBC Holdings in February 2010.

Interview Details – Unstructured and a waste of time. Badly chaired interview panel which allowed the discussion to introspect on the bank itself, and very rarely probed the skills / work history of the interviewee to match the prospective job. Advice to future candidates: prepare heavily the points you wish to make and do not be diverted by the inadequacies of the individuals you encounter.

Interview Question – so tell us about yourself   View Answer


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No Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Finance Interview

Finance
Tampa, FL

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at HSBC Holdings.

Interview Details – HR Recruiter in Buffalo scheduled a window to call me for phone screen which I confirmed. Waited for the full 2 hour window next day, no call. I sent an email asking to reschedule. Several hours later I received a call back with a new time for the next day. The next day came and no call from recruiter, so I called both her office and cel numbers, left messages. Several hours went by and I finally received a call back. Did a brief (but now unscheduled) phone screen, and set up an in person interview for the following week. The interview went great, it seemed that the hiring manager did not want it to end and after 50 minutes they began telling me about vacation, benefits, working from home, perks...super good sign right? I was confident, qualified and now a good match with manager's personality. The next day the same recruiter called me and asked me how it went. After letting me gush about how great I thought it went, how I really clicked with the hiring manager and was really excited about taking the next step, the recruiter proceeded to tell me the manager was going to continue interviews as I did not have the specific experience they wanted. HUH? I was totally shocked! I asked her to please reach back out to the hiring manager for more specific feedback as the reason she just provided didn't make any sense based on the interview I had. However, I was ready to accept/move on - I understand that's just how the game goes sometimes. But then recruiter then told me she would like me to interview for another position along the same lines but at a level lower. Ok, I was willing to take a cut for a foot in the door at HSBC, so we discussed the salary and agreed on a range. I then had two more in person interviews on separate days, the last with a Sr. Manager. After a grueling 45 minute psychological examination, the Sr. Mngr asked me what salary I was expecting. I told them the figure already agreed upon with the recruiter. The Mngr then told me the "correct" range which ended up being so far out of the ballpark I was speechless! No negotiation could take place as we were that far apart. And it's really hard to negotiate salary during an interview when you haven't been offered the position! The Mngr was understandably aggravated with the recruiter and the interview ended abruptly. Two days later I received the generic rejection email without a word of apology, explanation OR follow-up from the recruiter. One of the worst experiences I've had with any potential employer. I was extremely excited about working for HSBC but if this is how they treat people there, looks like I dodged a bullet.

Interview Question – Salaray range issue should never have happened. Poor recruiting work.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Premier Relationship Officer Interview

Premier Relationship Officer
Chegutu Pfupajena Township (Zimbabwe)

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at HSBC Holdings in August 2013.

Interview Details – • What motivates you?
• Why do you want to join audit/tax/advisory?
• Give an example of a time when you had to go out of your way to help someone.
• Do you need to be an expert at something in order to lead a team?
• Give an example of when you had to change the way you did something in order to solve a problem.
• Do you believe in talent or hard work?


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Project Manager Interview

Project Manager
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at HSBC Holdings in May 2013.

Interview Details – Competancy based / criteria based.
Role plays
External assessment

Interview Question – Relevant media coverage at time of interview and how i felt about the coverage, my thoughts, what would i have done. Real exposure of my own personality and values   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Global Markets Summer Analyst Interview

Global Markets Summer Analyst
New York, NY

I applied online and interviewed at HSBC Holdings.

Interview Details – I received an email to take the online test. Few days later, I received another email asking for phone interview with two people. Few days later, I was invited again for the superday. The process was quite fast and efficient. At the superday, we had to do a group case study. A research paper was given and had to read within 40 minutes and give a group presentation for 10 min, with another Q&A session for 20 min.

Interview Question – Can you tell me when you demonstrated leadership?
Why did you change majors?
What do you know about HSBC?
  Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Student Trainee Interview

Student Trainee
Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

I applied online and interviewed at HSBC Holdings.

Interview Details – 2 aptitude tests - verbal and numerical, repectively. Interview with panel and assessment centre. The HR was very good and followed up with updates on my status post- test taking.

Interview Question – What's your career plan?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Summer Analyst Interview

Summer Analyst
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at HSBC Holdings in February 2010.

Interview Details – Normal IB Summer Analyst application process, except that they opened later in the year. 3 face to face interviews, one of which was a Case Study that was pretty tough.

Interview Question – Case Study was difficult, analysing an actual companies 3 statements and Management Comments.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Outbound Associate Interview

Outbound Associate
Leeds, England (UK)

I applied online and interviewed at HSBC Holdings.

Interview Details – Lots of rounds and a very long process. Interviews can be complicated with tricky questions. The whole process can take months. Online, then various assessments, 2 telephone rounds, A/C.

Interview Question – No particular section can be sidelined but the interviews are specific. They generally look for very specific answers and definitely prefer experienced candidates although they may not always say so in the adverts.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Nothing to negotiate really. Everything was clarified well in advance so unless they are agreed, they wont even let you go past the 2nd/3rd round.

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