Online Interview Dress Code?

dress code Online interview
New answer on Apr 30, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Apr 06, 2020

hi peeps,

just wanted to ask what to wear during an online interview, since most consulting firms are now interviewing via video. Suit and tie or is business casual alright?

thanks!

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Clara
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replied on Apr 06, 2020
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Hello!

Nothing changes, dress just as if you were going to a normal on-site interview.

The other day, I was in a business call in which the most tenured person, half joking and half not, made us all stand up to check who was wearing pijama-pants and a shirt... so don´t make this mistake ;)

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Francesco
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updated an answer on Apr 07, 2020
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Hi there,

I would use business attire (for men, suit and tie) as for face-to-face interviews to avoid risks.

Below you can also find some tips for a video interview:

  1. Prepare the place for the call. A quiet environment is a must-have. Also, be sure that there is not strange stuff in the background!
  2. Prepare on the wall in front of you all the material you need (structures, tips for fit part, etc) so you won't have to look for it during the interview/ won't make it clear you are reading it
  3. Prepare your own questions. Relevant questions at the end are a great way to show your interest in the company and get additional points. This is particularly important in a phone/video interview, as the interviewer will naturally connect less with you. In the first reply at the link below you can find some tips on the ideal questions to ask at the end of your call: https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/open-house-at-bcg-311
  4. Smile during the call. Even in case they cannot see you, it's a good way to express energy
  5. Use numbers when communicating your structure. This will make easier for the interviewer to follow you, since they probably cannot see your notes. As an example:“In order to help our client, I would like to focus on three main areas. First, I would like to focus on [FIRST TOPIC], secondly on [SECOND TOPIC], finally on [THIRD TOPIC]. Let me start with the first one."

Best,
Francesco

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Emily
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replied on Apr 06, 2020
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Hi there,

Always go on the safer side. Don't take unnecessary risk. Suit and tie please.

Best,

Emily

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Anonymous replied on Apr 06, 2020

Hi there,

I think that nothing will change (suit and tie), make sure that the camera is positioned at the right distance to allow the interviewer to see half body and not only your face.

Of course you can wear the pigiama pant ;)

Fo further tips and clarification do not hesitate to ask me in private

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Vlad
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replied on Apr 06, 2020
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Hi,

Business attire is a must if its an MBB interview. It doesn't matter if its online / offline

Best

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Daniel
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replied on Apr 06, 2020
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Hi!

Treat it as a normal interview – so, suit and tie.

Best,
Daniel

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Luca
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replied on Apr 07, 2020
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Hello,

It depends on the company (e.g. for Mckinsey a ties is a must) but in general, unless you don't receive specific instructions, it's better to be a bit overdressed than to risk appearing not in line with company's policies.

Best,
Luca

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Anonymous B replied on Apr 29, 2020

I honestly find it hard to believe that this question needed to be asked

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Antonello
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replied on Apr 30, 2020
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Hi, it depends on the geographic and you can ask to current consultants how they are dressing during these home-office weeks. Generally speaking, I would avoid the tie and I would go for a white shirt

Best,
Antonello

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Anonymous replied on Apr 29, 2020

Hi A,

I would strongly recommend you to wear the same as you would have done it for the real interview so please wear business outfit

Good luck!

André

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