Dress code for MBB remote first round interviews during COVID-19?

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Anonymous A asked on Mar 22, 2021

Would you suggest wearing a suit and tie for a first round MBB interview that is done remotely due to COVID-19? Or would a plain white shirt and no tie be preferrable?

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Clara
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replied on Mar 23, 2021
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Hello!

Wear the same that you would for a face-to-face interview: suit and tie.

Consultants wear them -but Fridays-, and it´s really bad to be underdressed.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Francesco
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Hi there,

I would recommend you wear exactly the same you would wear in a face-to-face interview unless HR mention something different. Suit and tie would work well.

Best,

Francesco

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Florian
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Hey there,

The dress code recommendation for Zoom interviews was sent out in COVID times with all the candidates I coached. It was always suit and shirt, no tie. :-) (EDIT: MBB)

Cheers,

Florian

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Udayan
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replied on Mar 22, 2021
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Typically you do not need a tie for the interviews but you should wear a formal shirt. I would also just check with HR if you are concerned.

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Anonymous B replied on Mar 22, 2021

I would play it safe and wear suit & tie.

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Gaurav
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Hey A!

If no dress code information was sent to you, it is always best to stick to the classic suit and tie.

GB

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Ian
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replied on Mar 23, 2021
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Suit & Tie.

General rule to keep in mind please: Always better to risk overdressing 1 level than risk underdressing 1 level.

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Henning
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This really depends on the market you're in. Generally I think a tie is a bit overdressed, but in some markets this might be different.

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