HSBC application - What does status on "on hold" mean?

20 October 2009 - 3:42pm

Having applied for the HSBC IM programme, I was recently informed that I had passed the initial selection and was thus invited to continue with the only aptitude tests. One day after completing them, the status of my application - as displayed by their online application system - was changed to "On Hold" and I received an automated email the next day which basically read:

Thank you for completing your recent on-line tests for the International Management Programme.

We are currently in the process of reviewing all application forms, and will be in touch with you to confirm the outcome of your application over the next few weeks.

Does anybody know how to judge the situation? Does it mean that I scored baldy at the test(?), but my application wasn't discarded but placed near the of the queue? Or is this just their standard procedure?

Any experience on how long it usually takes to proceed from the aptitude test to the phone interview? I mean they can actually evaluate the outcomes automatically which should allow them to move on swiftly?

Thanks!

5 November 2009 - 9:21am

@IBD_Haunter: Full time?

4 November 2009 - 1:13pm

did anyone of you receive this sort of an email after finishing the tests, or did you get the result of the tests directly?

Thank you for completing your recent on-line tests for the International Management Programme.

We are currently in the process of reviewing all application forms, and will be in touch with you to confirm the outcome of your application over the next few weeks.

4 November 2009 - 11:46am

apparently, HSBC is doing the telephone interviews (IBD) this week and gonne be doing them for the next couple of weeks. Applications are being reviewed and the numerical test scores are being considered and interviews are being given out. She said, dont be too concerned as we are still going thru the applications, so you can expect to get an interview in the next few weeks if you are selected. - just spoke with HR.

4 November 2009 - 11:28am

don't you think that all this recruitment process is moving really slow??

4 November 2009 - 11:15am

well, I've been asked to wait for the result of the tests

4 November 2009 - 7:38am

@avam

If you did all the other questions right, leaving a single one in the end will not impact your result and you may end up on the right track to the AC :)

what's your status now?

4 November 2009 - 7:05am

well i think u dont get any points for that question.. the tests arent marked negatively so well.. it's only one question at least! no clue about the cut off. i took my test 2 weeks ago and i'm still waiting for a feedback! :( is ur application on hold now?

4 November 2009 - 6:52am

I did the verbal reasoning test for the IM programme, but unfortunately left out one question in the end, does this have any negative effect? I mean is this counted as a wrong answer. Any idea what on what the cut-off is for these tests?

4 November 2009 - 5:02am

i just checked.. it was for the other role. my status for the IM app still says on hold. It's been two weeks, wondering how long they will take. any views?

3 November 2009 - 6:27pm

hey! i got an email from HSBC too but as I applied for both IM and another role for hsbc london, i thought that email was for the other role, not the IM role.. cause the email add was different...no clue? :)