HSBC CIB, Paris: Key accounts, front office team (long-term internship)

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Question

What do you expect from your internship?

Candidate's answer

I explained that I had done several internships in retail banking and that I was now looking for a more challenging environment. I also said that I liked to work with clients. This I should not have said as even the analysts who were interviewing me never went to client meetings. As the office was dealing with top executives, only senior bankers were directly in touch with them.

Question

Name three strengths and three weaknesses.

Candidate's answer

I was prepared as this question gets asked almost every time in France. Obviously tried to make my flaws seem like positives, in the time-honoured job interview tradition.

Question

Draw us a balance sheet. How are items ranked in it?

Candidate's answer

It was a French balance sheet in which items are ranked from the least liquid to the most liquid. I had the items right, although I had forgotten minor ones. Off course, I said the items were ranked from the most liquid to the least liquid, next time I'll have another look at my lessons before getting interviewed...

These questions were provided to us by a candidate claiming to have interviewed at the institution named above. We cannot guarantee that these were the actual questions asked.

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