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HSBC Canada Commercial Banking (Trainee) Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 23, 2014
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Commercial Banking Trainee Interview

Commercial Banking Trainee
Montreal, QC

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at HSBC Canada in February 2014.

Interview Details Online assessment
Phone interview
Cocktail informal interview (with HR, managers, HSBC trainees and other candidates)
Panel interview (1 HR and 3 senior managers)

The whole process took about 6 weeks. Very lengthy process.

4 positions available for Business Banking and Corporate Banking. Depending on your interview, hiring committee will place you in either department.

Interview Question – Why are you here today and why HSBC?
Tell me about your leadership experience?
Tell me a time when failed?
Tell me about your biggest accomplishment?
What do you know about credits?
How many countries has an HSBC branch?
Why should we hire you?

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Negotiation Details – Non-negotiable since it's a trainee program. Bonus available at manager's discretion, potential raise in salary once trainee program is completed.

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Commercial Banking Trainee Interview

Commercial Banking Trainee
Toronto, ON

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at HSBC Canada in January 2014.

Interview Details Phone interview, online assessment, onsite panel interview. The whole process was straight forward but the response time from the company was quite long. It took them a month to get back to me regarding the hiring decision.

Interview Question – Nothing unusual, behavioural questions are all straight out from the books. They are looking for a good fit for the company, so just be your polished self.   Answer Question

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