HSBC Assessment Centre 2013 Graduate Program

Original Post

29 November 2012 - 2:06pm

Hi everyone,

I have recently received an invitation to the Assessment Center for the analyst program - Global Asset Management. It would be much appreciated if any of you who have experienced or have knowledge of the AC could shed some light on it. Particularly, I am interested in knowing more about the business questions I would be asked and the case study.


Recent Comments

9 March 2014 - 2:27am

Hi Christine, I was supposed to come to the AC in Feb but I had to change the date. I am now going to attend the one for the October batch. Could you please shed some light on what the AC was ilke especially the presentation section - what sort of topics were they based on?
Thanks. Zahra

3 March 2014 - 2:43pm

Hi, Greg! This is zixin (Christine), we met in the AC:). I still haven't heard from HSBC, have you got any feedback from them?

25 February 2014 - 5:20pm

Hi Rob, I have an assessment centre coming up for the same role but the graduate position. I was wondering if you had anything to say on the questions you asked above? (case study structure, technical knowledge required). Thanks a lot, Greg

18 February 2014 - 12:52pm

Hi all,

I hope you are well. I have been invited to an AC for Compliance with HSBC and would very much appreciate your insight into how the day went. I'm keen to know more about the business related case study and how technical the interviews were. In terms of the case study, what subject was it on, what kind of questions were asked, etc. I have found very little information on the internet regarding their AC, so any help would be most greatly appreciated.
Many thanks everyone

20 November 2013 - 6:15am

Hi, jthtse. How's your AC last year? May I ask you about the format of the Assessment Center? Will there be any group discussion? What kind of questions do they ask during the business interview? Really appreciate your kind reply...

9 April 2013 - 12:34pm

Jesscue and Bug -

My AC was in Canary Wharf in London.

Unfortunately they asked me not to reveal the specific questions I was asked. There have been a couple noteworthy scandals/failings in British financial services this year and you could attribute those failings to any of the following: internal management, firm wide infrastructure, available technology, corporate strategy...etc. I think if you review some of the important financial stories from the past 12 months and think in the context of the criteria I just wrote, you will do fine on the business interview.

In terms of describing how my division would respond - there's a couple areas of finance that really interest me (like the growing importance of emerging market currencies or the problems and opportunities associated with algorithmic trading to name two). I had a pretty good grasp of those things and could talk about the different opportunities and problems associated with them. There are specific issues that the tech team addresses within the HSBC organisation (the basic mandate of tech solutions can be found online): if you understand the basic aims of the tech team and combine that with a decent knowledge of financial stories/topics that you are interested in, you should have no problem talking about the response of the division to challenges.

Or at least that's what worked for me.

9 April 2013 - 11:19am

Hi everyone, I finished my online assessments for hong kong management associate program last week. It is said 'third' online assessment passed, although I just did two. Anyway, I should be expecting my telephone interview within two weeks, can you share with me what was asked in your telephone interview? How long did it last? Was it difficult? Did they call you from Hong Kong office or from London? Thank you very much for sharing!! :)

9 April 2013 - 2:51am

I got to the AC in hongkong for global risk (Regional dev specialist programme) which is coming up in late april. was wondering if anyone has had experience in that?

there would be a business case study, group discussion, written exercise and competency interview. and we are advised to bring our own calculators.

Thanks in advance! Appreciate any help or advice in this area!

8 April 2013 - 9:06pm

thanks celtics5 - that's really helpful :D - and congrats on the offer! which country did you do the AC in?

28 February 2013 - 12:01pm

Hey everyone, I just finished an assessment centre for HTS GBM Technology Analyst graduate role and have received an offer. So here is what I can report about the AC:

Intro: starts at 8am in the global HQ in Canary Wharf.
Numerical test:
- this is the first exercise, it is a standard numerical test and its really not that hard.
- if you do not pass their bench-mark you will be asked to leave so remember to prepare for this.
- the questions on this are probably easier than on an SHL practice but the added pressure of being at an AC can muck some people up. Two guys (really nice guys actually) were asked to leave right after we finished.

Next they give you a huge packet of information to read and 45 minutes to put together a response from your division to the predictions made in the packet. You are allowed to use presentation tools like poster paper and markers. There is not enough time to read all the info so spend time wisely. After 45 mins you return all your material to the assessors and they keep it until your case study.

The rest of the day is according to a personal schedule, but here's how it went for me:

Business interview #1.
- This was focused on my division (Technology and Solutions) and based on news from the past years.
- Questions were on relevant stories and how my specific division would respond to it
- Other questions included: what's an interesting development that is relevant to your division
- Given time to ask assessor questions

Business interview #2
- More competency based: example of meeting a deadline? what's something that you've read recently that I don't know about? example of persuading group?
- time to ask them questions

Case study
- I didn't do well so take my advice with a grain of salt.
- You get 10 minutes to give your presentation on the packet of info you read
- They ask you questions relevant to your division about your presentation
- Time to ask assessor question

Motivational interview
- Questions included: What's something your trying to improve about yourself? What's an example of when teamwork has helped and harmed you in the pursuit of a goal? What's a time you helped someone improve themselves?
- time to ask assessor questions

Other important tips: there's a ton of downtime when it is just you, the other candidates and the assessors. Remember to be extroverted, engaging, positive and talkative. They're trying to hire someone they want to work with. A lot a lot of time was jsut spent talking to assessors, come with questions and ready to talk.

I got my offer about 2 hours after the assessment centre ended.

Best of luck everyone

26 February 2013 - 6:30pm

How did the assessment centre go robert.lemeur? Did they answer you already?? How was the environment and the exercises?? Any examples of the exercises?? I will possibly attend an assessment centre at HSBC in the near future so i could use some insight!! Hope everything went well with yours and you hear some good news soon :) !!

26 February 2013 - 6:19pm

Hi guys!! I am wishing you all the best for your careers :) !!
Quick question: Does anyone know what the CRS and FSA information is? I have applied for the Operational Leadership program at HSBC and they asked me to provide them with these info but i have no idea what that is.. Thanks in advance anyone who can help!!

21 February 2013 - 7:17pm

Hi jessecue, I applied for HSBC Regional specialist dev prog as well- Finance Div. What about you? I had my tele interview on 8th feb and am still waiting for an update now. I guess ACs will be in march. My app status online just said ' Telephone Interview Completed'. I hope they will give an update soon though, the whole process has been so so long!

17 February 2013 - 8:33pm

Thanks jessecue! yeah i did, for the risk division. Thanks for the info!

17 February 2013 - 3:46am

hey hummingbird, did u get an interview for hsbc for the program too?
i'll post the ans here so everyone else who stumbles across this thread can get an idea too :)

the phone interview was really short, mainly behavioural qn like e.g. give me an example of a time when you worked in a team, why hsbc, why the program, what do you bring to the company etc...lasted only 20 min so pretty short~...hope this helps, good luck!!

16 February 2013 - 12:56pm

jessecue, how was the phone interview like for HSBC regional specialist dev prog? what type of questions would they ask? :-) Hope it went well for you and not all hope is lost!!

14 February 2013 - 12:24pm

Hi all, I have an assessment centre for HSBC in London coming up on Feb 22nd (Global Banking and Markets - Technology Analyst - Global Analyst Induction Program). Can anyone offer some insight into the following:

- What is the essential technical knowledge you need? (EPS, EBIT, EBIDA, discounted cash flow...etc)
- For the case study, how did you structure your presentation? What is unsuccessful versus successful structure?

Thanks -


10 February 2013 - 2:47am

who did u email?? the email for grads? i emailed them a month after my interview, but haven't received a reply yet (cuz they told me will hear back from them in 2 weeks time whether im successful or not)...i heard assessment centre rounds should be around feb like now?? (and pretty sure hsbc pays for ur flights and accommodation as well~) - anw all the best for ur AC!!!

9 February 2013 - 1:16pm

Hi jessecue im from HK haha but right now I'm in the uk for uni so I'll have to fly back for ac. I suggest you contact them directly because I didn't get a reply for 2 weeks either so I emailed them and turns out they said they were unable to contact me

9 February 2013 - 12:36pm

congrats!!!! all the best for it!! i applied to regional specialist development program and had a phone interview with them around 6 weeks ago; and haven't heard back ... i guess the chances of getting AC with them for me is really low then :( - r u from hk? or do u need to fly over?

8 February 2013 - 5:03pm

2-weeks. Did you apply to the same program? All the best to you, let me know if you're invited to the assessment centre. Till now I'm still waiting on a date for it

8 February 2013 - 1:56pm

hey mt313 - im sorry i don't have an answer for that either, but i have a qn for long did it take for them to tell you about the AC from the phone interview?

29 January 2013 - 12:58am

i'm invited for ac as well for hong kong management associate program, can anyone share some insights?

4 December 2012 - 4:03pm

have u done the ac? how was it??

1 December 2012 - 5:16am

thank you for the info!

30 November 2012 - 10:01am

Hong Kong

30 November 2012 - 9:18am

where did u apply jthtse?

30 November 2012 - 6:29am

1.5 month after I passed the interview.

29 November 2012 - 11:42pm


I am sorry i dont have the answer but was curious to ask you a question. How long did it take you to get the invitation to the AC from the phone interview?