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What is the dress code for an interview ?

Hello,

What is the best dress code for a case interview ? Some firms pride themselves in not requiring suits (unless meeting a client) but should a candidate go in a dress shirt/chinos or full suit with a tie?

What about grooming ? Is a trimmed beard ok ? Traditional clean shave ?

I assume that in the MEA the big firms are a bit more lenient on the matter.

Thanks.

Hello,

What is the best dress code for a case interview ? Some firms pride themselves in not requiring suits (unless meeting a client) but should a candidate go in a dress shirt/chinos or full suit with a tie?

What about grooming ? Is a trimmed beard ok ? Traditional clean shave ?

I assume that in the MEA the big firms are a bit more lenient on the matter.

Thanks.

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You always dress in a suit for an interview. Casual Friday are for employees only !

You always dress in a suit for an interview. Casual Friday are for employees only !

Well said mate! — Anonymous on Dec 06, 2017

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For males full suite and tie, even if consultancy prides itself of being more relaxed. Always dress to impress in interviews. Groomed beard is ok.

For males full suite and tie, even if consultancy prides itself of being more relaxed. Always dress to impress in interviews. Groomed beard is ok.

Thank you Andrea. I get to keep a light beard ! — John on Jan 18, 2018 (edited)

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Hi John,

I agree with the previous comments, suit (blue, gray) + tie for man and pantsuits or suit with a matching skirt for women with dark colours are always the best dress code in consulting interview. As more tips:

  • Limit the amount of jewellery to watch and wedding band
  • Avoid cologne (interviewer may be allergic)
  • Standard shirts (white, French blue are always safe bets)
  • Ordinary pen, bags, shoes, and other gadgets
  • Standard haircut
  • For men: Standard tie (no cute symbols)
  • For women: Avoid excessive make up/fingernails

I would personally avoid beard – some interviewers/firms are ok with that, but why risk?

Best,

Francesco

Hi John,

I agree with the previous comments, suit (blue, gray) + tie for man and pantsuits or suit with a matching skirt for women with dark colours are always the best dress code in consulting interview. As more tips:

  • Limit the amount of jewellery to watch and wedding band
  • Avoid cologne (interviewer may be allergic)
  • Standard shirts (white, French blue are always safe bets)
  • Ordinary pen, bags, shoes, and other gadgets
  • Standard haircut
  • For men: Standard tie (no cute symbols)
  • For women: Avoid excessive make up/fingernails

I would personally avoid beard – some interviewers/firms are ok with that, but why risk?

Best,

Francesco

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Hi,

Totally agree with the previous. Your look should be:

  1. Professional (Suit, fresh haircut, clean shoes, etc)
  2. Mature (e.g. no piercing)
  3. Should impress (No cheap and poor looking Zara suits)
  4. Should help you to project confidence - make sure that you feel comfortable in a suit. If not - practice solving cases in a suit.

Best,

Hi,

Totally agree with the previous. Your look should be:

  1. Professional (Suit, fresh haircut, clean shoes, etc)
  2. Mature (e.g. no piercing)
  3. Should impress (No cheap and poor looking Zara suits)
  4. Should help you to project confidence - make sure that you feel comfortable in a suit. If not - practice solving cases in a suit.

Best,

Thank you. It's time to get a new suit ! — John on Jan 18, 2018 (edited)

Hi Vlad, how about dress code for women? Is a smart black dress + jacket ok or is a shirt/suit necessary? — Monika on Jan 19, 2018

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I wouldn't over think it - wear a suit and tie, and don't over do it. As long as you don't stand out for being badly dressed, you will be fine - no one has ever passed a consulting interview because they wore the best suit.

I wouldn't over think it - wear a suit and tie, and don't over do it. As long as you don't stand out for being badly dressed, you will be fine - no one has ever passed a consulting interview because they wore the best suit.

Hi, I just had an MBB interview and progressed to final round.

Here is what I wore. I was very happy with my choice of attire. Aim to impress and stand out with your case and fit quality rather than your attire - I would avoid the red tie. I feel that if you put in the effort to look great, you'll have more confidence and perform well. Body language is a huge indicator for interviewers and as such; dress code and the way your present is important.

  • Navy Suit.
  • Brown suit shoes / Brown belt - (Black shoes and navy does not match if you're fussy) Polish the shoes enough so that you can see your nervous face in the reflection (Only kidding!)
  • Light blue shirt / Plain spotted navy/white tie
  • Discrete watch
  • Plain socks

Don't dress too flashy - no cufflinks, Gucci or Rolex type accessories. Don't wear a tie clip either.

Good luck!

Hi, I just had an MBB interview and progressed to final round.

Here is what I wore. I was very happy with my choice of attire. Aim to impress and stand out with your case and fit quality rather than your attire - I would avoid the red tie. I feel that if you put in the effort to look great, you'll have more confidence and perform well. Body language is a huge indicator for interviewers and as such; dress code and the way your present is important.

  • Navy Suit.
  • Brown suit shoes / Brown belt - (Black shoes and navy does not match if you're fussy) Polish the shoes enough so that you can see your nervous face in the reflection (Only kidding!)
  • Light blue shirt / Plain spotted navy/white tie
  • Discrete watch
  • Plain socks

Don't dress too flashy - no cufflinks, Gucci or Rolex type accessories. Don't wear a tie clip either.

Good luck!

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What to wear for an interview?

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Go for the suit & tie for every interview expect maybe high tech / startup environment. You can't be overdressed on the big day!

Good luck w/ Bain!

Go for the suit & tie for every interview expect maybe high tech / startup environment. You can't be overdressed on the big day!

Good luck w/ Bain!

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Hi,

I'd go for a suit but not include other accessories (e.g. pocket square, tie, cufflinks etc.).

You want to be on the safe side but what you don't want is to visually overwhelm your interviewer, who is dressed smart casual.

Best of luck!

Hi,

I'd go for a suit but not include other accessories (e.g. pocket square, tie, cufflinks etc.).

You want to be on the safe side but what you don't want is to visually overwhelm your interviewer, who is dressed smart casual.

Best of luck!

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Yes 100% must wear a suit. Keep it convserative and simple. Blue and red are great colors.

Good luck!

Josh

Yes 100% must wear a suit. Keep it convserative and simple. Blue and red are great colors.

Good luck!

Josh

That sounds perfect - best of luck!

That sounds perfect - best of luck!

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Attire for final round interview

You definitely want to go the suit route. However, make sure to be on the conservative side and avoid things like pocket squares and cuff links. You don’t want to come across to flashy as you can turn interviewers off. Don’t be surprised if most of your interviewers are dressed business casual. Consultants dress business casual in the office almost always, but this also varies by office, with some European offices being more business formal.

You definitely want to go the suit route. However, make sure to be on the conservative side and avoid things like pocket squares and cuff links. You don’t want to come across to flashy as you can turn interviewers off. Don’t be surprised if most of your interviewers are dressed business casual. Consultants dress business casual in the office almost always, but this also varies by office, with some European offices being more business formal.

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Attire for final round interview

Dress the way you would meet a client and represent your employer. Period!

Dress the way you would meet a client and represent your employer. Period!

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What to wear for an interview?

Thanks guys!

Thanks guys!

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What to wear for an interview?

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Business formals. Can't go wrong with a suit + tie. 3-piece not needed / too over the top. For women: pantsuits / pencil skirts. Darker shades preferred.

Business formals. Can't go wrong with a suit + tie. 3-piece not needed / too over the top. For women: pantsuits / pencil skirts. Darker shades preferred.

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What to wear for an interview?

Definitely suit, tie depends on client company´s dress code. Office Friday is casual day

Definitely suit, tie depends on client company´s dress code. Office Friday is casual day

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