HSBC Assistant Global Relationship Banker second round interview

by Mai Le | Jul 13, 2022

Report on HSBC Relationship Banker interview questions from a Cover Letter Library member’s experiences. This is based on  HSBC Global Banking and Markets Assistant Global Relationship Banker second round interview in Paris on 23-03-2017.  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.

Who’s the lucky company?
HSBC
For which division?
Global Banking and Markets
And for which office?
Paris
What’s the formal title of the position you applied for?
Assistant Global Relationship Banker
When did you apply?
27-02-2017
When was this interview?
23-03-2017
How were you informed of this HSBC Relationship Banker interview?
Business person called
Were you able to choose the time slot yourself?
No
And this interview was therefore…
In the afternoon
Was this a … ?
in-person interview
Which stage was this HSBC Relationship Banker interview?
second round interview
How many interviews in total were in this HSBC Relationship Banker interview?
For the first phone-call interview it was actually my manager who called me to get know me better and to ask me some questions about my coursework at university.
How many interviewers were in each HSBC Relationship Banker interview ?
For the first interview 1 person and for the second interview (face-to-face) to people.
How long did this interview process take in total then?
The phone interview took 15 minutes and the second one lasted 45 minutes
Were there any personal / CV-based questions? If yes, what were they?
Yes, they asked me some questions about what I have learned so far in finance and some questions about specific achievements and examples of situation when I worked in team.
Were there any competencies questions? If yes, what were they?
Tell me about yourself.
How do you cope with deadlines and time management?
Tell us about a time you have work as part of a team.
Were there any technical questions? If yes, what were they?
– What is the difference between equity and fixed income instruments?
– What are the most important things to include in a pitch?
– What does an asset manager do?
– Who is the top French asset manager?
What was the most difficult / unusual question among these? How did you deal with it?
Why should we choose you over another candidate?

I replied that I had an international background and that, through experiences abroad, I have acquired strong relationship-building skills and excellent language skills in English and Spanish.

Any other weird questions we haven’t covered?
Not really, they challenged me with questions that I have had prepared so no there was no surprise. They really wanted to judge the structure of my answers and to assess my motivation.
What was the most unexpected thing about this interview or whole process?
For the first phone call interview my manager caught me off guard as he called me without telling me (while I was having a coffee with a friend).
Did you get the offer?
Yes
How long roughly did it take for you to hear back about your offer?
2 weeks
Via what means did you hear back about this outcome?
Email
Is there anything you wish you should have known or prepared for prior to applying to this company?
I should have made more research about my employer and the team. I think it’s good to have some insights about colleagues before actually meet them.

I just want to mention that both my cover letter and the confirmation are in French.

Overall, out of 10, how would you evaluate your experience applying to this company?
8
Finally, before you go, is there anything else you think will help other candidates get the offer here like you did?
Networking is very important. To find this internship I first contacted someone within HSBC who told me that the Coverage/Relationship Banker team were looking for a Summer intern. So I jumped on the opportunity.
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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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