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How To Get Hired

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HSBC UK has a robust recruitment processes for its graduate, internship and industrial placement programmes, across all geographic regions. We spoke to Charlotte Leer, Selection and Attraction Manager at HSBC UK, to find out more.

What is the HSBC UK recruitment process?

Charlotte says, “You can be yourself”, we recognise the power of diversity and inclusive behaviours across our business. We understand that our differences like gender, ethnicity, neurodiversity and others, can provide a more enriching environment.

“We focus more on your values, strengths and potential and less on what you studied”. We build our teams with people from
every background and discipline of study because we believe diverse thinking helps us understand our customers and clients better.

You can only apply for one graduate programme at HSBC. ‘This is because we want you to be sure about which programme you are applying for, as they offer very different experiences and the roles you will undertake are different,’ Charlotte explains. We operate a blind cv recruitment process‘, which offers an immersive experience so students can get a feel for what it would be like to work in that role in a particular division.’

There is very little you can do to prepare

Charlotte says ‘There is very little that you can do to prepare answers beforehand’ My advice would be; “Be authentic, be open and honest and show your character. We want to see the real you and what you can bring to HSBC.” If you are keen to prepare in some way, consider why you have applied to work at HSBC UK, but also think about the situations where you truly excel and the achievements you are proud of.

HSBC offers the opportunity to develop a fulfilling career within a supportive and inclusive environment. We aim to be a place where everyone can achieve their full potential, regardless of their background. ‘There is an assumption that you will have studied a certain degree subject or have gained previous banking experience, but that is absolutely not the case for us,’ says Charlotte. ‘We actively welcome students from a range of subjects; you will be given all the training you need to succeed in your role. HSBC is looking for people who are ambitious about making a strong contribution to HSBC’s long-term sustainable growth; no matter what your background, you will be valued.’