Application Hints and Tips

Online Application  

Online Application  

  • Eligibility Questions:
  • Motivation Questions:
  • Be clear as to why you have chosen HSBC and what have you done previously that demonstrates this interest (previous work experience (paid/unpaid), volunteering, university societies and clubs etc).
  • Be mindful of previous skills that you have acquired (of all varieties) and how these would be of use to HSBC for either an internship or graduate programme.
  • Motivation also involves understanding HSBC as a business and being aware of any challenges that we may face that are out of our control.

Online Assessments  

Online Assessments  

  • Situational Judgement Test: bespoke to HSBC, a type of psychological test which gives realistic, hypothetical scenarios and asks the individual to identify the most appropriate response or to rank the responses in the order they feel is most effective. Answer these honestly as opposed to trying to second guess what HSBC is looking for, this is about the integrity of your answers.
  • Inductive Reasoning Test: sometimes referred to as abstract reasoning tests, these are used to test the logical problem solving ability of each candidate. 

Telephone Interview  

Telephone Interview  

Capability Questions: interview questions that require candidates to provide real-life examples as the basis of their answers. Utilising the STAR model of describing the Situation, Task, Action and Result as the format of the answers works well.

Assessment Centre  

Assessment Centre  

Analysis Exercise: a 60 minute exercise in which it is advised to pay close attention to the task objectives and the time to complete. There is a lot of information to read through and to make suggestions around so you are advised to use time wisely and pay close attention to the task objectives. Typically reading and note taking for first 20mins, then completion of task for final 40 minutes works well. This is the first exercise of the day so make sure you are at your best and ready to go.

Group Exercise: a 40 minute exercise which follows the analysis task. Strong candidates show active participation without dominating and ensure that the brief is followed by means of collaboration with fellow candidates, including their viewpoints and data. Click here to get tips for graduate assessments

Interview: Comprised of two parts; a situational and capability interview followed by a business interview Situational and capability interview: lasting around 35 minutes, this involves one situational question (based on a hypothetical business situation with follow up questions) and three capability (past behaviour / real-life examples) questions.

Business interview: Lasting around 30 minutes, this involves questions around your motivation (as per telephone interview) so be sure to emphasise why HSBC and why this stood out as your chosen programme. The second part looks to delve into your commercial understanding of the industry so ensure that you are able to demonstrate your high-level awareness of the industry and any challenges HSBC may face.