Nikhil Singla’s HSBC Interview Experience
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Ques. Introduce yourself to the readers
I’m Nikil, a fourth-year electronics instrumentation and control engineering student at Thapar University. I recently received a full-time offer to work as a software trainee from HSBC. My past understanding of DSA, C, C++, and general computer skills helped me ace this interview.
Ques. What was the difficulty level of the interview? (1- very easy, 10-very difficult)
Ques. What was the procedure of the placement that took place? (Shortlisting criteria/ coding or aptitude test/ number of interviews)
First, we had to fill out the Google forms, then students had to appear for an online test, and if they cleared the online test, within 5 minutes, a coding test would start with 2 coding questions. Then, students who cleared the coding test had to take a behavioural online test. The shortlisted students were now required to attend two rounds of offline interviews: the first technical round and the second HR round.
Ques. Tell us about the written/online test. (Aptitude, Coding, Test Platform, etc)
The 90-minute online test comprised roughly 90 multiple-choice questions (MCQs). The multiple-choice questions (MCQs) mostly tested general aptitude skills such as logical and critical reasoning, analytical thinking, statistics, general English, probability, graphing, and some technical knowledge such as selecting the proper output of the provided code section. Questions based on statistical graphs included “predict the sales by interpreting the given statistical graphs,” “choose the correct output of the given code segment,” and other more questions requiring logical and critical reasoning, analytical thinking, statistics, general English, probability, and graphs.
In the coding test, they had two coding questions with two test cases each. One of the questions asked if two strings were anagrams of each other.
In the behavioural test, there were situation-based questions. There were approximately 90 MCQs that had to be completed in 20 minutes, so you had to make quick decisions. The questions were like, “How would you react in a certain situation?” “How would you tackle a given situation?” “How will you explain yourself in a given situation?” So in this round, every question was repeated 4–5 times and asked in a different or twisted way every time. So your answer should stay constant; you should not try to give optimal answers; instead, selecting answers will help you.
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