HSBC Holdings Interview Questions

Updated Sep 6, 2014
Updated Sep 6, 2014
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    Management Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation, standard package for all MA starters
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    International Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    Negotiation Details
    None
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Equity Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. 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 Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Credit Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at HSBC Holdings in February 2009.

    Interview Details

    Inital process was on a call, later once selected on the phone round, i was called for the 1:1 and group panel round

    Interview Questions
    • Personal questions wir difficult to answer   Answer Question
    • never have been to sales process, so sale questions wir not that great   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Risk Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at HSBC Holdings in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    if you have some referred for you, then the next step is that they are going to contact you, then you will get an interview, then you will be able to meet team leader. they will usually ask your work experiences and of course you gotta be fluent in english speaking

    if you submit your resume to them, you should wait, someone will contact you, then you will have a test, just like norm written test, then you will havw 2 to 4 rounds interview

    Interview Questions
    • tell me what HSBC do, what is the difference between HSBC and other banks   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    International Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at HSBC Holdings in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    I first filled out the online application which is quite extensive. In addition to basic interview stuff, they ask candidates to write brief responses to four or five essay-type questions. The questions themselves were basically behavioral interview questions. Hard part was saying everything you wanted to say to each question in 200 words.

    Received an invitation a few days later to complete their online assessment tests. These are basically math and verbal tests that are timed. Not too difficult, but it's useful to practice them beforehand. The key part is time.

    I passed the online tests and was then invited to a phone interview with an HR representative (not an International Manager or IM). She basically has a very specific list of behavioral and motivation questions she had to ask me (about my experience, resume, why HSBC, describe a time when, etc.). They want very specific examples.

    Following the telephone interview I was invited to complete another online test called the Situational Judgement Test. Pretty straightforward and easy. No time limit. Want to see if you fit a specific profile.

    A few days later I received word that I had made it through to the final round, which was an Assessment Center in London. They flew me to London and put me up in a hotel (all very professional). Assessment center consisted of a pre-interview(s) dinner and drinks with other candidates and IMs. They said it was not being evaluated.

    The Assessment Center itself (which I believe is more of a British thing anyway) was difficult, but also rather stupid in my opinion. It was basically five+ hours of role playing exercises and a one-on-one interview. All the role playing exercises tested was your reading/comprehension speed (given a huge stack of papers, memos, reports, etc.) and ability to do office tasks. It was hard and I never felt I had time to prepare for each exercise, but I also feel the program would have been better served by case interviews, or more traditional final round interviews.

    Found out a week later that I didn't receive an offer. Also learned elsewhere that no one at my assessment centre received an offer oddly enough. They provided feedback, but given how esoteric the role playing exercises were, it really wasn't helpful.

    Interview Questions
    • I must say that none of the questions asked throughout the interview process had much of anything to do with banking. All very specific, narrowly-defined personality/people skills type questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 days - interviewed at HSBC Holdings in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    I had already been waiting a few weeks after sending the application but everything was sped up after meeting some associates at a networking evening and one offered to forward my CV onto HR. I was then invited to sit the online tests and the next day I was invited to book a telephone interview. I found out within a week that I had passed the interview for the assessment centre (they had kept me well-informed via email along the way about my application progress until then). The AC was a full day that consisted of two business interviews, one competency and a case study. You also had to pass the numerical test at the start.

    Interview Questions
    • If you had a sizeable sum of money to invest in a company (with a large stake) what would you want to know when deciding whether to invest?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    International Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Application Details

    The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at HSBC Holdings in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    Three stage process : Written application and Test; Phone interview and On location group and individual interview.

    Interview Questions
    • What was your most challenging customer service experience and how did you resolve it.   Answer Question
    • Butter or guns - which would you choose and why?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Was not impressed with the actual daily responsibilities of the job.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Solutions Architect Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mettawa, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mettawa, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 days - interviewed at HSBC Holdings in April 2008.

    Interview Details

    initial conversation, phone screen, group interview

    Interview Questions
    • Was asked to come up with an architecture for a given problem   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human Resources Generalist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at HSBC Holdings in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    Online test, then phone interview.

    The interview over the phone was relatively simple. I was asked just three main questions based around their values: Dependable, Open, Connected. So basically they were competency based: telling "stories" from your past work history. The questions have been paraphrased.

    - How have you dealt with a colleague you know that was doing the wrong thing?
    - Describe a time when you had to convince the senior management team of a different way forward.

    The entire process lasted 40mins and in-between my answers I would be interrupted by the interviewer who would ask even more specific questions. From my feedback (because you are given the results within 5-mins of completing the interview) these are what you must consider:

    1) Try to really structure your answers: Situation, Task, Actions you took, Results (S.T.A.R).
    2) Think of a variety of examples, though they say you may use examples outside of employment, it was obv. from the interview that this wasn't true.
    3) Use examples which could have had a variety of outcomes, to demonstrate your impact in a particular position being reached.
    4) A marking system was used, so try to listen out for the particular things they are looking for - this is mentioned at the start of the interview.
    5) Stay calm, and ask to come back to a question if in doubt.

    Interview Questions
    • Give an example of when you had to use your external network to solve a business issue.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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