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?|
|For which division?|
|Global Banking and Markets|
|And for which office?|
|What’s the formal title of the position you applied for?|
|Assistant Global Relationship Banker|
|When did you apply?|
|When was this interview?|
|How were you informed of this HSBC Relationship Banker interview?|
|Business person called|
|Were you able to choose the time slot yourself?|
|And this interview was therefore…|
|In the afternoon|
|Was this a … ?|
|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?|
|How long roughly did it take for you to hear back about your offer?|
|Via what means did you hear back about this outcome?|
|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?|
|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.|