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HSBC Holdings Interview Questions

Updated Jan 19, 2015
Updated Jan 19, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Finance Interview

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

    The process took a dayinterviewed at HSBC Holdings in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    Went through resume,
    Asked questions pertaining to resume
    Why HSBC?
    Why the job function?
    Future career aspirations

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Quantitative Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at HSBC Holdings in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    The phone interview consisted of come basic statistics queries: if you have 9 socks in a drawer and 4 are black and 5 are red, what is the likelihood that the third sock you pick is red. Then there was the typical thinking questions of, "How many miles of highways are in the U.S."
    Its important to ask questions when doing any case study with HSBC. They have a pool of facts to feed you, but will withhold them if you don't ask. for them.
    Know a great deal about HSBC and why you want to work there.

    Interview Questions
    • There is a drawer with 9 socks, five black and four red, how many socks do you have to pick blindly before you know that you have a matching set.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Infrastructure Analyst Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at HSBC Holdings in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    Asked questions like: tell me about yourself, why do you want to work in this area, why did you major in ___, why did you come to your univ.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Assistant Vice President Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at HSBC Holdings in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was quite smooth, a former worker referred me to a position and set-up a phone interview. 5 days later I came to NY to interview face-to-face with the first interviewer (my soon to be future boss) and 2 more people. 4 days later I received the job offer. At HSBC it is unusual such a quick process. I was lucky to be interviewing with a more forward and efficient manager.
    The hiring process took months. HR asked me to send the same documents many times. And e-mail after e-mail they asked me to send new documents as well. HR super disorganized, slow, inefficient.

    Interview Questions
    • No hard question, just straight forward ones. Describe your career, why do you want to move to NY, where do you see yourself working in the next 5 years.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was able to negotiate the salary, but not to a level that I wanted. I negotiated over the phone rather than wait for the offer by mail.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    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+ weeksinterviewed 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
  7.  

    Global Markets Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at HSBC Holdings in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    Pretty unorganized. Ended up getting put into a part of SNT I didn't want but over an awesome summer experience.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    none
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Capital Markets Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at HSBC Holdings in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed with a small group within HSBC for an analyst position in NY. The initial phone interview was actually more technical than the in-person interviews...there were a few questions on the stock market and bond pricing. After that I was called down to NY for a set of interviews that took about 2 hours. It was just a rotation through some of the team members for 1:1 interviews. All questions were fit, interest in finance, knowledge of HSBC, etc.

    Interview Questions
    • There weren't really any difficult questions. Just know your story and know about HSBC.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    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 daysinterviewed 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
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    Corporate Pilot Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Prospect Heights, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Prospect Heights, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at HSBC Holdings in December 2009.

    Interview Details

    Faxed a resume to CP and was called the same day for a phone interview. I was asked to come to a panel interview later in the week. I interviewed with a panel of 6. Basic questions about what I like to do when I'm not working and some technical questions about my current job.

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    Reasons for Declining

    Low offer

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Communications Manager Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at HSBC Holdings in November 2009.

    Interview Details

    Very friendly people, but very rushed. I felt as if I was being processed, more than interviewed. Despite meeting a number of people and speaking to even more on the phone, they didn't have the common courtesy to call me to tell me their final decision. I received a form email and they never returned my follow-up phone calls. I know everyone's busy, but civility should be an absolute minimum.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you describe your previous boss?   Answer Question
    • If you could change one thing about the way your previous boss handled business, what would it be?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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