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Clean shaven for McKinsey?

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

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Sidi replied on 03/20/2018
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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

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B replied on 03/21/2018
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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

Best

Bruno

Andrea
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replied on 03/24/2018
I am a former BCG decision round interviewer with 300+ real interviews conducted and 8 years interviewing experience

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

Andrea

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