Careers FAQs

In-depth information on our application process

Do you want to know more about applying to HSBC, preparing for interviews, our student and graduate programmes or our approach to diversity and sustainability? Here are answers to some common questions.

We receive a large volume of applications. While we make every effort to reply to each candidate as soon as possible, the time period may vary depending on when you applied, which position or programme you applied for and how many applications we have received.

We will expect you to know the key facts about HSBC. Prepare by having a good look around our corporate website, read the news and talk to anyone you know who is working for us or has worked for us in the past. Be ready to explain your motivation for joining HSBC, the financial industry and the specific business area you have applied to. During your interview, show that you are interested in the role and in working for HSBC. Don’t be shy about selling yourself. Describe your previous experience and highlight relevant skills and qualities.

This is a two-way process, so you will be given plenty of opportunities to ask us questions that will help you decide whether HSBC is right for you.

Yes. We are looking for talented individuals with a broad range of skills and welcome candidates from all degree disciplines.

A background in finance is not essential. We will provide you with relevant, comprehensive training once you join your programme. You will, however, be expected to demonstrate a clear interest in HSBC, the world of finance and your chosen business area.

Yes. Your personal data in your online application is protected by a secure system denoted by the prefix “https”. Without your username and password, nobody apart from representatives of HSBC and its agency partners can access your information.

You can see how your application is progressing by logging in using your e-mail address and password. If you have not received a further update, your application is under review and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible. Please also check regularly the e-mail account that you used when applying, along with your junk inbox, to ensure that you have not missed any communication from HSBC.

Yes. We aim for an inclusive recruitment process. Please let us know if you require any adjustments ahead of the recruitment process. Examples of such adjustments might include the supply of materials in large print or Braille.

For a global bank, being open to different ideas, perspectives and cultures is vital. That is why we work hard to ensure that HSBC is a diverse and inclusive environment.

We aim for HSBC to be a place where everyone can achieve their potential and welcome applications from people from all backgrounds. We believe in treating everyone, clients and colleagues, with dignity and respect – whatever their gender, ethnicity, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, or age.

We seek to attract and develop local talent in the communities where we operate. We also continually work hard to support our employees to adopt flexible and alternative ways of working.

For HSBC, sustainability means managing our business and working with communities responsibly and sensitively for long-term growth and prosperity. Being one of the world’s largest banks means the decisions we make can have a big impact on society and the environment, both directly and indirectly. Involving our employees in the community brings many benefits and increases their understanding of these issues. Find out more about our sustainability goals on Our climate strategy and Our people and communities sections.