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?



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