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HSBC Associate analyst interview

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Vaibhav RajFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Surathkal for Associate analyst role at HSBC
Interview Process
Test Group Discussion HR Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Interview Experience
It was an aptitude test including basic quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning data interpretation, reading comprehension and finance section( this section was there only in HSBC it included few concepts which we learn in Engineering Economics and some basic idea of bond and stocks can be useful) but even if you don't do that well in this section you can still clear the test as I did rather most of us did.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Group Discussion Topic
Investment Plan:- suppose you have 10 million$ were you will invest and why?
Interview Experience
2nd round( Group Discussion):- 50 students were shortlisted after round 1 for GD. Other Topics were:- 1) Rupee devaluation pro's and con's 2) FDI
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
It can revolve around banking stuff if you know it or else it can be simple H.R round also in which they might ask you about your internship even if you have done it in core or they can give you some case study and be prepared with all puzzles.
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Experience
It was more or less the same as 3rd round it was taken because the panel was bit confused about whom they should reject
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
Just read "THE HINDU" daily. Read properly about recent reforms which can affect the corporate world (e.g land acquisition bill was reformed just before my interview so I used it in my case study so anything can be useful) Try to be unique in your answers for questions like, why you want this company?, why we should recruit you?
General Tips
The overall experience was very good the panel was quite friendly it became tiring because I finished my 3rd round at 2:30 am and had my 4th round 8:00 am in morning so be prepared for such hectic schedule and do not let it affect your performance.
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12

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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13

HSBC Associate analyst interview

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Sangeetha DesinguFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Surathkal for Associate analyst role at HSBC
Interview Process
Test Group Discussion Other Interview
Round 1

Test

Interview Experience
It was a basic Apti test through which they shortlisted around 40-50 students.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Group Discussion Topic
'If you were given a million dollars and 3 choices of investments - oil, gold and stock market, how would you use your money?
Interview Experience
So, be prepared with current affairs, slightly on the financial side, for this company, as they also expect you to reason out your decision.
Round 3

Other Interview

Interview Experience
The next round was Personal Interview. It was a very casual interaction where I told them about my projects and enquired about the job profile and growth.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
As far as the Apti is concerned, speed and accuracy is very important and only regular practice can get you there. And take Apti very seriously because it is an elimination process and you have to fight your way in. GDs require a sound knowledge of current affairs and most importantly you should have anopinion about most of the issues. Newspapers, most importantly the editorial section which has experts offering their views on issues will help you develop your opinion. Personal interview is a round where you can steer the whole conversation to your advantage by taking them only through your positives and strengths. Be confident, show that you are genuinely flexible and speak with conviction.
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • Byju's test papers,
  • CAT papers- for quant,
  • Placement apti papers,
General Tips
It was rewarding. The process is not only about getting a job, but learning about certain life skills which help you through the process. Patience and determination are the key.
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14

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?
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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15

HSBC Global markets internship interview

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Jaidiya Jeyakar FresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIM Bangalore for Global markets role at HSBC
Interview Process
Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell me about yourself.
  • Question 2: why finance.
  • Question 3: few simple technical questions.
Interview Experience
They were looking for if I really wanted this internship, or if I just wanted to go anywhere; a basic and sound understanding of Corp.Fin fundae.

What went wrong/right was Confidence in self and sound basics (even if you don’t know the exact formula, but understand the fundamentals)
Interview Tips
know the basics of the stream you’re looking to enter (they don’t expect you to be an expert, but a basic understanding is expected considering you’re probably going to say that you’re interested in the field!)
know what you’re talking about, esp. which company/desk you want to work at and why?
Round 2

HR Interview

Interview Tips
A good and interesting CV gives you a good base upon which the interview can be built (2nd interviewer was looking at my CV for at least 50% of the time)
Humour in moderation (but use this only after you have gauged if the interviewer will appreciate it)

prepare a good ‘tell me about yourself’ answer because almost always you’ll be asked that question and not having a good answer in mind (rehearsing the exact words doesn’t matter) will leave a bad impression
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
Understanding of basics of Corporate Finance and Financial Derivatives helps understand better what is happening.
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16

HSBC Wealth management sales internship interview

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Sanjana PeguFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIM Bangalore for Wealth management sales role at HSBC
Interview Process
Technical Interview
Round 1

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
I reckon they were looking for someone who was confident and would fit in well with the company. They weren't looking for great fin studs who knew how to price options backwards but rather who were eager to learn, enthusiastic and yet knowledgeable.
I was pretty relaxed during the interview, didn‟t take too much stress and had researched thoroughly on the company which I guess impressed them. Also, when asked for my opinion on certain matters, I was as honest as possible and didn‟t try too hard. They can see through any kind of charade after all.
Interview Tips
Possibly the only interview where I was not stressed out! That was a big help in my opinion. Also, I didn't go for the interview with an “I got to crack this one” attitude. The idea was to relax, have a good conversation with the interviewers and possibly, even have fun!
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
A basic knowledge about the fin fundas (investment course helps here), spreadsheets, Macros etc. Eagerness to learn and enthusiasm <br /> <br /> Best to read up on the company, they like it if you ask questions about their company. Also, try and not get stressed out. Difficult I know.
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17

HSBC interview

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FresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kharagpur for HSBC
Interview Process
Test Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Interview Experience
4 Sections:
1. Qualitative and quantitaive aptitude (Quick calculations, Qualitative analysis)
2. English (Class 12th)
3. HSBC basic information (General information about company)
4. Financial Quotient (Basic finance knowledge)
Section 1, 2, and 3 have negative marking but section 4 doesn't.
Round 2

Group Discussion

Interview Experience
1. They divded us into groups of 15 and each group had 4 GDs.
2. Topics
Is Arvind Kejriwal’s party good for India.
Role of retail FDI in Indian scenario.
3. Use references before making any argument during the discussion. Do not criticize somebody’s statement. Counter it with your perspective
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
1. One on one interview to filter your technical know how of the subject (here finance and statistical analysis), Quantitative and Qualitative decision making. 
2. Questions : 
As an Analyst at HSBC how can you support the organization with your technical skills (from your branch)? 
Questions based on financial aspects, current affairs and their effects over global financial markets.Some real life situations were given to gauge my attitude.
Interview Tips
Be clear and crisp in your response.
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Experience
1. Checked multi-tasking abilities of the candidates. 
2. Questions: 
Personal Questions about family. They asked me about the creative things I had done so far. How you can bring change to society? 
3. Lasted for an hour.
Interview Tips
DOs: Answer all the questions keeping in mind the position you’ve applied forand try to maintain your calm during the interview.
General Tips
Have a focused mind and since the whole process takes time, try to sleep well previous night.
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18

HSBC internship interview

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Prateek MankadFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIM Bangalore for HSBC
Interview Process
Technical Interview Other Interview
Round 1

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: General questions: HR questions- introduction etc, Why HSBC, and a chat about how the interview process runs
  • Question 2: Technical questions about how a commercial bank‟s CEO would assess its performance- (was asked such questions because of prior banking / financial services experience
  • Question 3: Questions about work ex- ethical dilemmas faced / independence of auditors; asked because of experience as a team leader for audit of large clients and 6 years of audit experience 
  • Question 4: Concluded with are you open to working in any location and meeting the colleague from HR in some time
Interview Tips
Dos
Background search about the bank
 Knowing basic macro-economic environment and basics / pillars of a commercial bank (capital adequacy, SLR / CRR, assetliability mismatch, NPA / NPI).
Round 2

Other Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Was explained CMB‟s structure and the business segment they were interviewing me for and was asked whether I was open to making a career in commercial banking
Interview Experience
What went right:
Good technical / practical knowledge of the banking / financial services industry was a bonus for them
 Knowledge about HSBC, their businesses
 Confidence and diplomacy (avoiding answers to questions where confidential information at work ex was involved)
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
Skills required for a full time RM role would be analytical skills, and client interaction / client management skills and working knowledge of the banking industry
General Tips
be Confident communication; technical knowledge
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HSBC Associate internship interview

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Ishita Verma FresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIM Bangalore for Associate role at HSBC
Interview Process
Technical Interview
Round 1

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Brief introduction,,
  • Question 2: why markets?
  • Question 3: 2-3 puzzles,
  • Question 4: economics questions
Interview Experience
No. of Interviews: 1
I think they were looking for Mathematical and analytical ability, Awareness about and aptitude for finance related stuff (news items, their analysis, my understanding etc.)
Interview Tips
Being prepared: In markets there is no substitute to knowing your stuff. You can‟t faff your way through as the questions will be technical
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20

HSBC internship interview

3.8k views
Gazal Heda FresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIM Bangalore for HSBC
Interview Process
Technical Interview Other Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Macroeconomics, ,
  • Question 2: understanding of the current state of global economy
  • Question 3: knowledge of derivatives,
  • Question 4: understanding of the derivatives involved in sub-prime crisis
Interview Experience
Typically an in depth understanding (you have to show that you understand things in greater depth than the others appearing for the interview).
Interview Tips
reading the Macroeconomics book by Shyamal Roy,
Round 2

Other Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Discussion on current newspaper headlines.
  • Question 2: Discussion on the economies of US, UK, India and China
Interview Experience
they expected you to have a view on all issues, and suggest measures. As for derivatives,
Interview Tips
reading Hull as much as possible recommended (Chapter 1-5, Chapter on CDOs, CDSs) , newspapers, esp opinions and blogs
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: questions based on resume
  • Question 2: Questions based on projects, PORs, extra-curriculum.
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