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Interview Questions

2016

"There were basic competency questions and I was also asked why I wanted to work for HSBC."
Graduate, London
"'Describe a time when you...' type of questions around HSBC's core values of being open, connected and dependable."
Graduate, London
"Give an example of when you have been open. Give an example of when you have been dependable. Give an example of when you have been connected. Which of these means the most to you?"
Graduate, London
"Tell me about a time you worked with someone who you disagreed with. Tell me about a time you worked through a problem as a team."
Graduate, London

2015

"You will likely be asked a mixture of classic competency and technical based questions which will be specific to the department which you have applied for."
Entry level, London
"There were questions about my motivation, on competency and a few business awareness questions. I was not asked anything very technical or specific."
Graduate, London
"I was asked: Why this bank? Why London? Where would you invest if you had $100m? Tell us about one deal we've done recently that you are interested in."
Entry level, London
"In my interview there were questions on the future of the EU, life experience questions and leadership scenarios."
Graduate, London
"Questions included: Why HSBC? What is the greatest challenge the bank is facing? If you worked here, how would you make a difference?"
Graduate, London
"Some questions were technical based, some were questions about HSBC and the financial markets, some were "soft" questions about me. There was also a case study which I then had to present on."
Graduate, London
"What will the world be like in 2050? Why HSBC? Why Technology? What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
Graduate, London
"Why do you want to work for the company? Why have you applied for securities services? These questions are essential to know the answer to, and make the answer personal to you. Know why you have chosen that organisation and that department."
Graduate, London/Hong Kong
"For me, questions were a mixture of competency and technical. Technical questions tended to be centred around the world economy and financial markets/products."
Graduate, London
"A decent mixture between technical and competency based questions, ranging from explain some industry developments in the sector to where do you apply principals and morals outside of work"
Graduate, London

2014

"Questions I was asked included: why HSBC? Why Operations? What is going on in the news? How do you prioritise work?"
Graduate, London
"I was asked to talk about my motivation for joining HSBC, motivation for joining banking, and my motivation for joining in that specific role. There were several questions about news events and their effects on the markets, and where indices were, etc."
Graduate, London
"Questions ranged from 'what made you go from Biology to Banking?' 'What do you think an analyst does?,' 'tell me about a time you encountered a problem in a project,' and other questions about regulation in finance."
Technology, Graduate, London
"Questions were a mixture of competency-based, motivational and technical. A lot of the questions are centred on long-term trends in the world economy and financial markets."
Graduate, London
"I was asked: what is the future of banking and technology? What regulatory challenges? What innovation opportunities?"
Graduate, London
"Mostly questions were centred on why I want to work for HSBC, why I want to work in the industry and questions around my background knowledge and preparation."
Graduate, London
"The questions were predominantly a mix of motivational and behavioural/competency questions, with a strong focus was placed on teamwork, communication and an awareness of the HSBC identity, business focus and general market conditions."
Graduate, London
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