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Clean shaven for McKinsey?

Anonymous A asked on Mar 20, 2018 - 3 answers

Hi, Should i be 100% clean shaven for McKinsey interview? Or is 5pm shadow, trimmed beard etc okay? Cheers

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Trimmed beards are absolutely okay nowadays! Don't worry about that - there are lots of McKinsey consultants with (trimmed) beards out there - including myself in the last 4 years. Not a problem at all, even in conservative sectors such as banking.

Cheers, Sidi


Anonymous replied on Mar 21, 2018

Hey anonymous,

I tend to agree with Sidi’s point below... however let me add that you should play on the safe side and check with someone from the office you’re applying for: despite being more acceptable nowadays, I’ve worked in some offices and with some partners whose culture is still very against it, so you should be extra careful - thumbs rule, big and multicultural offices are much more open to it



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To be safe, shave. But agreed that nicely trimmed beards are accepted in most offices today.


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