Siddhartha Khanooja’s HSBC Interview Experience

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“Siddhartha Khanooja” who was placed at “HSBC” talks about his interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season.

Check out what he says about placement season.

Branch & Graduation Year:  COE– 2018

Profile Offered: Striker

Cgpa cutoff:  6.0

Interview difficulty level: 6/10 (1-very easy, 10-very Difficult)

CTC: 7 LPA (Fixed) + Variable

Here are the questions we asked from Siddhartha to know about his interview experience.

Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers.

Answer: I am a music aficionado, with an immense (rediscovered) love for reading. I love debating about science, history, politics, and tech.

Question 2: Describe Your written test experience specifying the number of rounds, details of each round and type of test platform ( If online mention the type of test platform eg. Hackereart, CoCubes, Amcat etc).

Answer: There were two rounds here – one was an aptitude round (simple English and not-so-simple Java questions) and a coding round.

  • The aptitude round consisted of synonyms/antonyms, verbal and quantitative aptitude, and a passage consisting of 15-20 words which had to be filled correctly (this one was tough).
  • The second was a coding round (one was an extremely simple structures question, and a question on merging two sorted linked lists). The platform for coding was CoCubes.
  • After the aptitude round, 60 students were shortlisted. Anyone who had completed a single question in the coding round was shortlisted for the face-to-face interviews (48, to be precise).

Question 3: Describe your all technical interviews specifying the number of rounds and details of each round (if any).

Answer: There was only one tech round, that was not very tough – the majority of the questions were asked solely on the basis of what you had written on the resumé (questions on projects, their utility, their USP, your language of preference, etc.) Then came an unexpected question – build a PayTM competitor with a good USP. Describe everything – its UI/UX, backend, frontend, linking, scaling, infrastructure, and the USP. The people at HSBC may also ask you questions related to Blockchain (for the second profile), and if they think you have sufficient knowledge for this, you may be shortlisted for a second technical round – that consists of “new-age technologies” such as cloud computing, IoT, virtualization, Blockchain/Bitcoin, and so on. This one can run up to 1 – 1.5 hours, so in-depth knowledge is necessary. I wasn’t prepared well enough for Blockchain, and I think the interviewer realized this, so I was straightaway sent to the HR round.

Question 4: Describe your all HR interviews specifying the number of rounds and details of each round.

Answer: There was only a single HR round. The questions were expected – why HSBC, when did you first hear of HSBC, why are you not going for Masters, and so on.

Question 5: What do you think were key factors in your selection?

Answer: 1. I think confidence was the key to cracking the interviews here. Every single one of them had decent coding skills, which is why we reached here – pitching our projects (and by extension, ourselves) and explaining our ideas succinctly was the key here. Anyone who tried to bluff, or failed to keep his cool, lost points with the interviewers.

Question 6: What advice would you like to advise juniors for technical skills they should develop?

Answer: Keep your coding skills sharp (GeeksForGeeks). Focus on topics such as Arrays, Linked Lists, Pointers, Structures, and Functions. Study Java from StudyTonight and take some quizzes to check your familiarity with it. Sufficient coding experience with one language is recommended (C++, Python).

Question 7: What would you like to advise juniors for cracking HR round of this company?

Answer: The HR round checks your confidence. If you answer without panicking, you will surely get selected. Only 2 or 3 students were rejected after the HR round.

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