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HSBC Trainee software engineer ii interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Trainee software engineer ii role at HSBC in Dec, 2016
Interview Process
Test Test Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
1 Hours 45 Minutes
No. of Questions
70 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Aptitude + Programming Fundamentals
Interview Experience
Programming Fundamentals There were following sections in this test: Aptitude, C, C++, Data Structures, Algorithms & Java (Core). Java questions were of quiet good level and they tested core java knowledge/concepts and programming fundamentals.
Interview Tips
For this round I would suggest to attempt suitable number of questions from each section so as to clear section wise cutoff and give more time to java questions. Practice question on threads, multiprogramming, OOP concepts and some core in-built java functions, etc.
Round 2

Test

Duration
30 Minutes
No. of Questions
2 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Coding round
Interview Experience
This section comprised of 2 basic coding questions.

1st Question: Given two strings str1 and str2 and below operations that can performed on str1. Find minimum number of edits (operations) required to convert ‘str1’ into ‘str2’. Insert, Remove and Replace. All of these operations are of equal cost.
2nd Question: Find a triplet in a given array such that product is a given number X (all numbers were present only once, i.e. non repetitive).

Students who cleared at least one question were called for interview in next round.
Interview Tips
For this round I would suggest read both the questions first and then go on for attempting the one you think would be easier to code within the given time.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: General + Coding
Interview Experience
It started with the mostly frequently asked question “Tell me about yourself” I answered about that (be honest here, and be prepared for this question in almost all interviews). Then he started asking from my resume, he asked me about my project. Most of the time he was discussing my projects and kept asking me about the technologies I have used and a short description on the same.

He then asked me some basic java questions based on OOP concepts, How do you implement multiple inheritance in java ?
Q 1. Write a code to print this pattern:
1
121
12321
1234321
Q 2. How would you implement an ArrayList Data Structure in Java using other in-built java datatypes and functions.(Implement add, remove, get and set methods).
Q 3. There are 2 trees in a garden (tree "A" and "B") and on the both trees are some birds. The birds of tree A say to the birds of tree B that if one of you comes to our tree, then our population will be the double of yours. Then the birds of tree B tell to the birds of tree A that if one of you comes here, then our population will be equal to that of yours. How many birds in each tree?

This round lasted for around 45-60 minutes.
Interview Tips
Be confident with your answers. Explain your approach while solving the problem. Know your resume in and out. Focus on your strengths while discussing your projects. Be thorough with your data structures and algorithms concepts.
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: General HR
Interview Experience
Started with "tell me about yourself". Then other questions were: What do want to become in Life ?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years ?
According to your achievements in the institute how would it help in the Organization?
What is venture capital ? Suppose you want to start your organization how will you pitch in your ideas to the venture capitalist ?
What are your short term / Long term goals?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?

He then asked my some emotions questions like :
Q 1. You’re driving down the road in your car on a wild and stormy night. The weather is like a hurricane, with heavy rains, high winds, and lightning flashing constantly. While driving, you come across a partially-covered bus stop, and you can see three people waiting for a bus:

An old woman who looks as if she is about to die.
An old friend who once saved your life.
The perfect partner you have been dreaming about (your “soulmate”).
Knowing that you only have room for one passenger in your car (it’s a really small car), which one would you choose to offer a ride to? And why? (Give an out of the box answer not the standard one.)

Q 2. What would you do and how would you react if you see your student swimming slowly in the swimming competition in which everyone else is swimming faster(You are the swimming coach).

What do you think it takes to be successful in this career ?
Why do you want to work in a Banking Technology company ?
What do you know about HSBC ?
How much time have you spent on the internet to find out about HSBC ?
Why HSBC ?
What is passion according to you ?
How passionate are you about working in HSBC ?(Bang the desk and say you want it !!!)
This round lasted for about 60-90 minutes.

I was selected for the “Strikers” profile. A total of 1 student(Only I) was selected, 0 for “Acer” and 1 for “Strikers” profile.
Interview Tips
Keep you energy levels high, answer calmly and confidently.
Be honest and try to take the interviewers’ to your strong point.
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HSBC Analyst interview

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Sumit SouravFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Trichy for Analyst role at HSBC
Interview Process
Test Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Test Sections
  • Section 1: Logical Reasoning
  • Section 2: Data Interpretation
  • Section 3: Retail Banking
  • Section 4: Econometrics
Interview Experience
The test was on amcat platform where you can not skip the question and you have to attempt each and every question.the key thing here is accuracy specially in first two section coz in retail banking and econometric will be new for everyone.I am from Industrial Engg and Management(M.tech) so we have some basic idea of Econometrics.
Interview Tips
Maintain the accuracy and try to give few hours in studying the basic of Retail Banking and Econometric, coz these are the two section where u can take the lead. and never forget that this is the mass rejection process
Round 2

Group Discussion

Group Discussion Topic
ONE INDIA ONE ELECTION
Interview Experience
Follow the basic rule of GD and try to give valid example with your point.
Interview Tips
Read the Newspaper and be aware of what is happening around.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: How will you find the top 5 customer of HSBC from the entire world?
  • Question 2: About Credit Risk Modelling
  • Question 3: About my internship (as i have done intern in Data Analytics field)
  • Question 4: How to find the no of petrol pump in the city
Interview Experience
my interview was around 35-40 minutes process in which they as the technical part from my resume
Interview Tips
just be confident and they will try to stress you out.so be calm and compose and try to understand the question properly before start giving your answer
they expect the logic how you attempt the question
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Basic HR question( like why HSBC,Strength,Weakness.etc)
  • Question 2: One puzzles--How to calculate the average no of person coming to the airport daily?
Interview Experience
be ready for the puzzles
Interview Tips
The process is going to be time talking so be ready to wait, and dont sound low in the interview coz this is the day u are waiting for your entire life.
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HSBC Associate analyst interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Associate analyst role at HSBC in Dec, 2016
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
Most people with CGPA more than 7.5 made it to the test shortlist.
Round 2

Test

Duration
1 Hours
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Aptitude
  • Section 2: Technical
Interview Experience
Not very different from the aptitude tests of most other companies. Technical test was also like an aptitude test but involved more questions from probability.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Questions regarding resume.
Interview Experience
I had course relating to multivariate data analysis and applied time series. The interviewer mostly checked how comfortable I am with thise topics. Following this he asked a probability question. How many times do you have to toss a coin until you get 2 heads in a row?
After this he asked about my project where I had mathematically solved partial differential equations. He asked more about the methods that I used and so on.
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell me about yourself.
  • Question 2: Are you thinking of applying for masters?
  • Question 3: What are the three most important qualities for success?
  • Question 4: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • Question 5: Tell me about some important event in terms of economics and how it has affected the markets?
Interview Experience
A long interview with 2 panelists. It is very important to come well prepared for this rpund. It is okay if the technical round wasnt as good as expected but HR interview is critical.
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HSBC Business analyst interview

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FresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Trichy for Business analyst role at HSBC
Interview Process
Test Group Discussion Technical Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
60 Minutes
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Logical Reasoning
  • Section 2: Data Interpretation
  • Section 3: Economics
Interview Experience
The first section tested basic aptitude mainly logic and interpretation. It tests your timing and approach to solve a question.
The second consisted of Data Interpretation mainly pie charts and tables having data around bank deposits and dues. This section has enough time but can sometimes turn out tricky.
Now comes Economics. I had no idea prior to the test that this would be asked. So literally knew nothing beforehand. But questions can be answered if given a little thought into it. Most of them are from our personal experiences of banking excluding a select few which needs in depth knowledge of finance.
Interview Tips
Just be patient and try and answer all questions. After all there is nothing to lose because no negative. I was kinda confident because the first two sections went pretty well. Don't think they gave much weight-age for the Economics section.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Duration
20 Minutes
Group Discussion Topic
E-commerce spills doom for the reatail industry
Interview Experience
Shortlist after the first round was announced at night. So group discussion and interviews followed the next day. Always been not a fan of group discussions. This time around I tried to keep in pace with the current affairs and most likely topics.
In my panel there were 10 members. It started well, I managed to chip in with a few valid points. Remember the key here is to be different and mention points that can carry the gd forward.
Interview Tips
Make sure you are audible and straight to the point. People are waiting to barge in and speak, so any small pause might rip you off your chance.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Questions from resume
  • Question 2: Important steps for a
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HSBC Analyst interview

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Prateek LadhaFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Analyst role at HSBC
Interview Process
Test Group Discussion Technical Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
60 Minutes
No. of Questions
40 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Quant
  • Section 2: LR
  • Section 3: Verbal
  • Section 4: Econometrics
  • Section 5: Retail Banking
Interview Experience
It was a decent test as normal apti tests but you have to keep little extra knowledge about retail banking and econometrics.
Interview Tips
Just practice well for all aptitude test and boost your speed with accuracy.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Duration
30 Minutes
Group Discussion Topic
Leaders are born or made
Interview Experience
It was a good discussion but in between there was a chaos as number of people in my group was too big(14) as far as GDs are concerned.But overall it was good and everyone whosoever wanted, had put their points.
Interview Tips
Don't fight during GD. Make sure that whenever you get chance you utilize it fully and make a very effective point. Also keep in mind it is a GD so you should be humble to others as well.
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: It was HR plus Technical
Interview Experience
It was a very weird experience.
After get shortlisted from test late in the night, our GD was early in the morning and then followed by interview. And then something really strange happened.I was waiting for my turn since afternoon and I was the last one to be interviewed. When I was called for my turn, all three panel of interviewers came out of their rooms and they announced the result before taking my interview so it was shocking because as par our campus rule you can not straight away declare the results to candidates before the whole process gets over. It shook me and I was very angry at that time but I kept myself calm and turned that anger into a positive way thanks to my friend who were there with me during that time. All I thought was I will get a chance and now I don't have anything to lose so I have to make a better impact on them than the other guys and convince them to increase their selected candidate list. The interview started with general HR questions, why do you want to join us? Why do you think we should hire you? And then they started asking questions over my project which I mentioned in my resume. After that there were few basic probability questions and some analytical puzzles. And during my interview I said I like to play with numbers so they threw me a multiplication 55555*55555 and it took me around 25-30 seconds to do it so I think that was a really effective part of my interview well at last I got selected in HSBC.
Interview Tips
Don't get panic and never lose your calm. Situations can be more worst than what you thought it to be but be confident on yourself. Sooner or later you will be rewarded for your work. Good luck in advance :)
Skills

Skills Tested

  • Analytical skill
  • Communication
  • Patience
Skill Tips
I would say that patience is not a skill but it is as important as any other skill during your interviews. You might encounter some serious situations which might take you on your nerve so be patient.<br /> During your interviews make sure whatever you know you should be able to communicate it well enough otherwise your knowledge is of no use. At the same time ensure that you don't really show off that you know more. If you know more about that problem be humble to the interviewer as discuss or share your thoughts in a very polite manner. And last but not the least is the analytical skills. You might be asked to decode some case or do guesstimates to be prepared for it. Practice it a lot with your friends or else whichever way you like it to be done.
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • Case in Point,
  • Last 30 years CAT papers,
Videos
  • Case Study Series by Victor Cheng,
General Tips
Just be yourself and be confident. Be with those who make you feel comfortable. Keep calm and eventually everything will fall in the right place.
Motivation for applying
My only motivation was to get a analytical job which I was targeting. And apart from it there was a reason in my life to get this job and do something for someone very special. So, this keeps me motivated even today.
Funny Moments
The whole placement process right from companies visiting your campus to giving test and getting shortlisted for the interviews was really stressful but when I look back I cherish all those moments where we all friend sat together abusing some bull shit companies their procedure. How we used to run like a wild animal from one test to another one PPT to another. Those late might discussion talking about our future. Those were the lifetime memories, good or bad, which will stay with us always.<br />
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Godd luck again for your placements. :)
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HSBC interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for HSBC
Interview Process
Test Interview
Round 1

Test

Test Sections
  • Section 1: Written
Interview Experience
The written test was quite similar to the typical CAT pattern. It contained sections on Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Mathematics.
Round 2

Interview

Interview Experience
There were 3 interview rounds:
There were 2 interviewers in the first interview, one was a technical guy and the other was from HR. They asked me a few
very simple puzzles, a few basic programming questions (swapping the value of two variables etc.), questions related to the development cycle of software products.  The HR guy asked stuff like what do you want to achieve in life? Strengths, weaknesses etc.
The second interview was resume based. He asked me about my thesis, internship, various projects, positions of responsibility etc. 
The third interview was the most important one (and I guess that was the deciding interview). The interviewer started with questions like why finance? Which companies are you sitting for? Then he gave me a case study: “As a banking organization, you have given house loans to a lot of customers. Given the current scenario, you have to profile the customers to which loans have been given based on the chances that they would pay back.” He started with this scenario and as I gradually started analyzing things and proposing models he kept on increasing the complexity saying you don’t have this data, you can’t make that assumption etc. Ultimately he narrowed down it down to a problem which was almost unsolvable. When I got stuck at that he told me that his idea was to just give me a taste of the toughness of problems they encounter in day-to-day business.
Skills

Skills Tested

    General Tips
    After spending three or four years enjoying the IITK adventure, one suddenly feels a jolt when he/she arrives in the final year. You find yourself wondering at times, asking yourself the pertinent question, what next? And seriously, the best way to start preparing for placements, GRE, CAT or any other exam for that matter is answering this question honestly. Take a few minutes of your precious time and think what you want to do with your life? Where does your heart truly lie? I know it’s not that easy to decide on this but at least give<br />
    this a good thought and prioritize your options. Make a list of them on paper if that helps. Once you are done with this, the real planning starts. Take each option one by one and do a truthful analysis of yourself from the perspective of that option. For e.g., say you have CAT as your first priority, and then analyze your strengths and weaknesses from CAT’s perspective. What all areas you need to improve on? How much time and effort would ittake? How much time you have got left? By doing this exercise you will really get to know the work that needs to be done and will help you plan for the remaining time.<br />
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    Resume:<br />
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    I am sure you would have heard it umpteen times but still I will repeat it to stress the point, take resume making seriously! A good resume would drive your interview in the direction you want it to go, a bad resume on the other hand might end the chances of you even getting interviewed! Start by trying to remember each and every achievement of your life and write it down. Spend a few days on this part till you are sure you have got almost everything. Now write it down properly in formal language in the form of a master resume. This would serveas a repository of information for all your subsequent resumes. And on top of that, having a fresh memory of your achievements would help you in answering the questions in interviews (especially HR questions). Ideally you should have a separate resume for every company you sit for. The way to do this is make sector specific resumes and edit them accordingly for the different companies of that sector. For example, make a single resume for all the core CSE companies and then you can probably change the list of projects (or their order of appearance) targeting individual companies.<br />
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    PPTs:<br />
    If you are serious about getting job in a company, you cannot afford to miss its pre placement talk. PPT is not only an opportunity to know about the company, but it also gives you the chance to know what the company is looking for. This will give you the basic idea around which you should structure your resume and preparation for that company.<br />
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    Preparation:<br />
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    Core Computer Science Companies:<br />
    All the core CS companies first take a written test which contains questions on C/C++, may have JAVA, UNIX, Algorithms, Data Structures, basics of Operating Systems and Compilers, some questions on basic networking in case the company works in that field. Almost all the companies have a couple of questions in which you are required to write code on paper. Some companies also have a few questions on aptitude, simple maths or data interpretations. You can find the company specific details in the placement feedback guide. This is the major<br />
    shortlisting step for core companies, so you cannot take it lightly. You can start preparing by revising the relevant courses you did (like Data Structures, Algorithms, Operating Systems, and Compilers). Practice a few questions available in the various placement preparation guides on LAN. Most importantly, practice writing code on paper. This is something we are not used to and requires some practice. This not only will do you good in the written test, but also help you in the interviews.<br />
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    Non Core Companies (Finance, Consulting, and Analytics):<br />
    The written tests of most of these companies are quite similar to CAT. So if you are not preparing for CAT, get hold of some CAT preparation material for practice. These tests are more speed based than knowledge, so practice is absolutely essential. Revising some basic mathematics (like probability, progressions etc.) would also do you good. Apart from that, you need to have some basic knowledge and understanding of the field the company works in. For example, if you are appearing for a finance company, learn the basic concepts and common terminologies of finance. The least it would do is show that you are sincerely interested in the field the company works in.
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    HSBC interview

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    AnonymousFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus for HSBC
    Interview Process
    Resume Shortlist Test Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview
    Round 1

    Resume Shortlist

    Interview Experience
    Accenture

    This profile was basically open for only MBA but I they were keen on hiring some of the non MBA guys
    also. Selection was based on our resume and first round of interviews were resume based as well. This
    gave me a chance to defend my resume for the first time. Before this I felt like I would never get to an
    interview
    Round 2

    Test

    Interview Experience
    Capital one
    There was test which was purely data analysis and calculator was allowed.

    BMGI
    The first round was an English cum aptitude test.

    NI and HSBC
    There was a CAT like test.
    Round 3

    Group Discussion

    Interview Experience
    BMGI
    Our topic was “should we allow fdi in retail” and since. I followed a lot of business news I was thorough with the topic and I even pulled some examples from my Business Club days to support my arguments. Eventually out of 11 in GD, I was selected for the final round of interviews.

    NI and HSBC
    Topics were “corruption in india and anna hazare” and “zero” . I am not sure about second one but it was something like this.
    Round 4

    Technical Interview

    Interview Experience
    Capital one
    The case I was asked was to calculate the change in the cost of a grocery store if it has changed its model from cash on delivery with a physical store to an online portal which has cash on delivery option. As I had practiced it already I took some time to give structure and then gave 3-4 reasons for change in cost and then he gave me some numbers based on which I had to calculate the break even time period or amount . But I think he expected a little bit different approach or was searching for a different solution as I wasn't selected for the final interview sessions. I think 22 people were selected for the final interview session out of which 2 people were finally selected in Cap One.

    Accenture
    Then they started asking me puzzles and I started thinking that my case study would not have been proper that is why they are asking me these tough puzzles just to scare me away.
    Round 5

    HR Interview

    Interview Experience
    NI and HSBC
    In HSBC they asked me a case in which I had to first guess the no of petrol pumps in Kanpur and then to device a criteria for finalizing a location for a petrol pump for my client. Interview in NI was somewhat technical and I wasn't prepared for that (which happens most of the times so plzzz guys be prepared for all the basic courses like microelectronics, digital circuits from books like sedra n smith and all).

    BMGI
    They started hitting personal questions to me without giving me any chance to answer like why did you take electrical here? After taking electrical why are you interested in consulting? Why do people in general in IITs do not go for higher studies? And eventually they told me that I had not done anything concrete and that they feel that I follow a herd mentality. I was seriously not prepared for this kind of grilling and I panicked. I could have given a fight but I sat listening to them and in the end I accepted some allegations and gave a counter for some but I knew I had taken a defeat.

    Accenture
    The lady kept on asking why do you want to join us and I kept on telling the same thing I had prepared about how consulting is a way of life and how their firm would benefit me and all that. Eventually I was their waitlist 1 and I never got through.
    Skills

    Skills Tested

      General Tips
      Do not prepare for companies and what they want but for your own strength and weakness. If you are strong in core subjects, chances are you would be hired by a tech company only (don’t go with exceptions like BCG, DB, Schlum and Transocean, they hire very few). If you do not want a core job then also prepare for it just in case. At least people in CSE, EE, ME should prepare well for core as there is always a chance that you don't get your dream job and then you panic and don't think things through and get any random job that comes your way and regret in future but if you have a backup in core you can always pursue things in future without regret.
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      HSBC interview

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      AnonymousFresherSelected
      Application
      I was interviewed on-campus for HSBC
      Interview Process
      Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview
      Round 1

      Group Discussion

      Duration
      20 Minutes
      Group Discussion Topic
      Every Graduate should do Public Service?
      Interview Experience
      Our group consisted of 15 members,after given the topic they gave little time to think.I could not able to begin the discussion but later i entered the discussion for more than 7 times with new ideas and I explained my ideas loudly and clearly by which I am able to draw the attention of all panel and co-students,which helped me to get through GD. I am not a expert in GD's but my small suggestions may help you.One thing in GD to kept in mind is our body posture and there is nothing to get emotional while discussing.Do not argue much about a single point, better thing is to bring a new idea into discussion and draw attention of all others.As far as possible make the discussion in pleasant manner.
      Round 2

      Technical Interview

      Interview Questions
      • Question 1: What is variable frequency drive?
      • Question 2: How the connect two grids which are different frequencies?
      • Question 3: Tell me what all electronic components you know.
      • Question 4: What is transistor and what are different zones of operations and some small questions about transistor
      • Question 5: What are the different devices in substation,they asked me to draw single line diagram of substation also.
      • Question 6: Difference between 2-pole and 4-pole machine
      Interview Experience
      As this company is not a pure core company for us(electrical), questions asked were not into the core deeply.it started with small questions like thevenin's,norton's theorems.slowly they increased the level of questions. My personal interview lasts for more than 20 min.I was little tensed when I am the next one to enter the interview room but once interview started I was very cool with a smile on my face.In technical questions, I answered almost all but for two questions I think I said frankly that I don't know sir.they gave me a paper to explain some answers with pen and paper.
      Round 3

      HR Interview

      Interview Questions
      • Question 1: why you choose EEE.
      • Question 2: Where you want to work 'design side or maintenance' and Y?
      • Question 3: What will you do if a big company like BHEL offers you a job with better pay?
      Interview Experience
      Panel consisted of both technical(2) and HR(1) people.In between technical questions HR guy interfered in between and asked questions, HR guy is a cool one and so my HR part went pleasantly. They asked me whether i know what kind of work to be done in their company.I answered "maintenance sir" they he extended the question like "what kind of KICK(Satisfaction) you get by maintenance.I answered it nicely. I was very much satisfied with my answers and I think my performance in HR besides technical helped me to lead others.After interview I was the only one came out happily with a satisfaction on my face.
      Skills

      Skills Tested

        Skill Tips
        These days CGPA matters as all companies(mainly public sector) selection process starts with a cut-off in CG.Only toppers are getting chances to face interviews all the time so try to maintain some good CG. When it comes to the point how to face technical round.Be strong with some basic definitions and small laws why because if we failed to answer them it will create a bad impression.Facing some good core questions is depends on your strength. HR :<br /> My only suggestion is get ready with answers to some questions like <br /> a)Tell me about yourself.<br /> b)Why you choose this branch?<br /> c)Tell what do you know about our company <br /> d)What will you do if some other good company offers you a better job?<br /> Apart from them some minimum things we should follow in personal interview and GD are 'dont loose tongue','address all the panel members while answering as every one will give you points(especially HR)'. Ok friends with these small suggestions that I can give you I am signing off ALL THE BEST.
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        HSBC Mergers & acquisitions analyst interview

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        GirishExperiencedSelected
        Application
        I Applied for job through Consultant for Mergers & acquisitions analyst role at HSBC
        Interview Process
        Technical Interview HR Interview
        Round 1

        Technical Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: What is Enterprise Value of a firm and how to calculate
        • Question 2: What is Beta in WACC?
        • Question 3: What is CAPM
        • Question 4: What is DCF
        • Question 5: How far do you forecast in a DCF model
        • Question 6: Why is enterprise value more important than an equity value, tell the difference between the two
        Interview Experience
        It was a fairly standard round with the head of investment banking. since the role was that of a junior banker, they focus more on the quantitative stuff
        Interview Tips
        Make sure your basics are strong, focus on simpler financial concepts
        Round 2

        HR Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: Why HSBC?
        • Question 2: What are your strengths and weakness?
        • Question 3: Are you open to working long hours?
        • Question 4: Are you willing to relocate?
        Skills

        Skills Tested

        • Quantitative Aptitude
        Resources

        Preparation materials

        Courses
        • Adkins Matchett & Toy financial modellng training,
        General Tips
        Be very confident, and if you do not know an answer, say it. Do not try to bluff, and there are a lot of materials on the web talking o
        Motivation for applying
        It was a strong profile, in the M&A category, to work in Consumer & Retail sector focusing on Asia Pac region
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        HSBC interview

        , 19.2k views
        AnonymousFresherSelected
        Application
        I was interviewed on-campus for HSBC
        Interview Process
        Test Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview
        Round 1

        Test

        Interview Experience
        A written test comprising of 4 sections - Quant, LA, About the Company and Accounting basics. Each section is given equal weightage and the duration of the test is 2/3 hours. Listen to the Company PPT as Section 3 (About the Company) questions are based on that. Section 4 can be cracked using the EECA course (IEM subject) content. There will be a seating arrangement for the test, so be well prepared. Maintain a CGPA > 7.5.
        Interview Tips
        Basic information about Accounting (try going through the outline of Engineering Economy Costing and Accounting course of IEM); it comes very handy in the written test and Interview (basic information like Profitability, assets ratio, etc. will be sufficient). Some knowledge in Statistics (mostly Regression and some information in Data Mining may come handy). Try relating every work that you have done to statistics, if not numbers and show them how much you love numbers.
        Round 2

        Group Discussion

        Interview Experience
        Group Discussion round where each group of 8-9 students is given 10-15 mins to discuss and everyone is asked to conclude. General topics which feature in the current news will be given; our topics were IAC (Aaam Aadmi Party), FDI in Retail, Anna Hazare, etc.
        Interview Tips
        Talk to your group and plan before entering the room so that it will be a healthy discussion. State your points cogently but don’t try to dominate and don’t allow others to dominate over you; conclude well.
        Round 3

        Technical Interview

        Interview Experience
        A technical interview with general questions like “Walk me through your CV”, etc., followed by questions on statistics and a bit of finance (provided you mention that you have some knowledge of that field).
        Interview Tips
        You might be asked guesstimate questions; I was asked to locate an AC shop in Kolkata and mention the factors that I would take into consideration. Don’t panic if you don’t know something; be confident of whatever you say.
        Round 4

        HR Interview

        Interview Experience
        The HR interview will be taken by a senior manager. The prime task of the interviewer is to intimidate you, so he will fire questions at you, some of which might be beyond your domain/knowledge.
        Interview Tips
        Just remain calm and answer what you can; even correct answers will invoke bizarre looks from the interviewer. Remember that he is not testing your knowledge; he only wants to test how well you handle pressure. Reaching this round implies that you are nearly in. In our case, only 3 students were shortlisted for the HR Interview and all 3 got selected. However, that doesn’t mean that you can be overconfident. Just be casual and give it your best shot.
        Skills

        Skills Tested

          Skill Tips
          It’s an Analyst profile, so math ability is expected. MATLAB or MINITAB may give you an edge over others.
          General Tips
          Try relating your projects to statistics. If possible, choose projects related to stats or which demand the use of at least a statistical tool.<br />
          Prepare for CAT as it will come in handy not only for this test, but for all the placement tests. Go through statistics, mainly regression, and have a basic knowledge of accounting. Try taking some IEM subjects like EECA/Financial Engineering (prove to be quite useful for all the finance and analytic companies, which is about 20% of all the companies which come on campus).
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