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Anonymous A

Hi PrepLounge, I've just flown into City X for my McK final round interviews, checked into the hotel, unpacked.... and realised I've forgotten my tie.

It's now 12am so all shops are closed, interview is at 10am tomorrow, called hotel reception and they can't help. Does anyone have a good suggestion? How bad is it to show up to the Partner interview without a tie?

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Sidi
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replied on 05/14/2018
McKinsey Engagement Manager & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 50+ candidates secure MBB offers

Out of the box thought - go to the hotel lobby very early tomorrow morning and just ask someone if you could borrow or buy his tie. Be open about the situation, and I'm sure you will find someone kind enough. Alternatively, ask the concierge (not the reception). Good luck! ;)

Cheers, Sidi

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Vlad replied on 05/14/2018
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Hi,

I believe you can by one before 10 am in most of the cities. But it's better to have no tie, than being in a rush before the interview

Best!

Anonymous B replied on 05/14/2018

Hey mate, I've gone to a couple interviews in suit but without a tie - hasn't seemed to be a problem so I wouldn't worry about it, just relax and work the case

Anonymous A replied on 05/14/2018

Situation update: Hotel has offered me a bow tie.

Do I show up looking like James Bond, or should I just go without tie / bow tie - currently leaning towards the latter.