HSBC application - What does status on "on hold" mean?


Having applied for the HSBC IM programme, I was recently informed that I had passed the initial selection and was thus invited to continue with the only aptitude tests. One day after completing them, the status of my application - as displayed by their online application system - was changed to “On Hold” and I received an automated email the next day which basically read:

Thank you for completing your recent on-line tests for the International Management Programme.

We are currently in the process of reviewing all application forms, and will be in touch with you to confirm the outcome of your application over the next few weeks.

Does anybody know how to judge the situation? Does it mean that I scored baldy at the test(?), but my application wasn’t discarded but placed near the of the queue? Or is this just their standard procedure?

Any experience on how long it usually takes to proceed from the aptitude test to the phone interview? I mean they can actually evaluate the outcomes automatically which should allow them to move on swiftly?




I just did my aptitude tests, but I have no idea how I did, I think I was very blur during verbal…
anyways my status is : online tests completed. So i really have no clue why it’s different from yours… maybe it’ll change tmrw and they’ll send me an email like they did for u?
we’ll see… lemme know if you find anything, it would really suck to fail at this stage!


Hey, I just got the same email and I’m too on hold! no clue what that means


I just applied, how long did they for all of you to respond with the tests?


i applied on oct 4 and they responded two days ago…
but u’ll get an email saying to wait 3-4 weeks…


has anyone heard about phone interviews?



they should mail you the tests within a couple of days if they like your application.
that’s the usual thing with hsbc…

good luck!


if they don’t like you, do they just not reply? :slight_smile: thx!


sorry, i did not mean to imply this, but fact is that you are more likely to get the tests in a few days if they like you

hope this helps :slight_smile:


thanks hazelground for the encouragement, I’m sure they liked your application!


oh well…we’ll see about that later on :))

which division did you apply for?
grad or internship?




me too !!!

Let’s hope we hear some positive news from them very soon!

just be optimistic, things usually work themselves out :slight_smile:


i didn’t know they had IM internships! :slight_smile:
anyhoo i was invited for the tests 10 days after submission so i guess they do take some time… waiting for smth after the tests but nothing so far :frowning: oh well, all good things come to those who wait :slight_smile:


I believe they are expecting loads of applications this year, considering the number of people who’ve been laid off and are looking for slightly off-beat careers


Yes but I do find it weird that they review before and after testing… But it’s no uncommon so…


@hazelground: I should let you know that they ‘liked’ my application, got invited for the tests.




if you do the tests well, we might meet at the AC :slight_smile:


I just got an email from HSBC saying that I’ve met their minimum benchmark in the reasoning tests and that they would be contacting me on whether they’d invite me to the next stage.
I guess loads of people met their minimum benchmark! Any views on this folks?


hey! i got an email from HSBC too but as I applied for both IM and another role for hsbc london, i thought that email was for the other role, not the IM role… cause the email add was different…no clue? :slight_smile: