HSBC Summer Internship 2018 Assessment Center – Securities Services

by Mai Le | Sep 25, 2018

*** Report on HSBC Summer Internship 2018 interview questions from a Cover Letter Librarymember’s experiences. This is based on HSBC Global Banking – Securities Services Summer Internship in London in 2018.  There may be some variations depending on the offices or other new updates to the recruitment practice – so please use this for reference/preparation purposes only ***

Some first bits on the logistics

Let’s talk about this assessment day in some details

  • What’s the format of the day?
    Group discussion
    2 role plays
    Technical interview
    Competency interview
  • Were there any case study? Tell us about it.
    The case study was a role play. One was regarding a territorial dispute over an oil exploration area and you were an analyst explaining to senior management how they should respond to clients. It was a bit hard to understand some aspects. Another was explaining ecommerce to a client. It was hard because you had to make some judgement calls.
  • Was there any group presentation / discussion?
    We had to pick a topic among 7, the topics were all general and relatable to the average student. The time given was very short.
  • Were there any other exercises? Tell us more.
  • Onto the interviews, how many separate interviews were there in total ?
  • How many interviewers were in each interview and in total?
    One had 2, the other had 1
  • How long was each interview?
    30-45 min each
  • Were there any personal / CV-based questions? If yes, what were they?
    Yes, they asked about how others would describe you.
  • Were there any competencies questions? If yes, what were they?
    Yes, they asked many questions on various topics such as about values, leadership, a time where you had to handle a difficult group member, etc.
  • Were there any technical questions? If yes, what were they?
    They asked for a description of what services HSS provides and an understanding of what Global Custody meant.
  • Any other weird questions we haven’t covered?
  • What was the most difficult / unusual question among these? How did you deal with it?
    The most difficult was finding personal examples for the competency questions. I politely asked for some more time to think.
  • What was the most unexpected thing about this assessment day ?
    The group discussion was not related to finance at all.
  • Did you get the offer?
  • How long roughly did it take for you to hear back about this outcome?
    One of my interviewers called me back right after the whole thing ended
  • Via what means did you hear back about this outcome?
  • Is there anything you wish you should have known or prepared for prior to this assessment day at HSBC?
  • Overall, out of 10, how would you evaluate your experience of this assessment day with HSBC?
  • Before you go, is there anything else you think will help other candidates ace this assessment day at HSBC?
    Just be yourself and engage with the interviewers


HSBC Overview

Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Size: 10000+ Employees
Founded: 1865
Type: Company – Public (HSBC)
Industry: Banks & Building Society
Revenue: $10+ billion (USD)

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Written By Mai Le

Mai worked for Goldman Sachs in London for many years as an investment banking associate. When she was at LSE, her seniors used to pass her notes of their interviews as well as their cover letters, which helped her tremendously in her job search. This site is a way for her to pay it forward, obtaining qualified materials from her friends and contributors, and building a similar community to pass the resources on to you.

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