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What to wear for an interview?

Anonymous A asked on Sep 25, 2016 - 6 answers


I am not from a busines background ( PhD in life science), and I have an interview with bain in the amsterdam office.

However, I have no idea what I'm supposed to wear....

I see 3 options:

1-Suit and tie (dark blue suit with a blue/red tie): very formal, maybe too much

2-Suit without tie: not a big fan of this option, it looks half-finished in my opinino

3- the suit's vest, a tie, and a different pair of trousers. (ex: the guy on the top right picture on that link https://fr.pinterest.com/pin/456904324671771386/). I personnaly like it, but it might be too casual.

What do you think? I'd like too hear fro expert, but also from candidates that allready did some interviews.


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Guennael replied on Sep 25, 2016
Ex-MBB, Experienced Hire; I will teach you not only the how, but also the why of case interviews

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!

Anonymous A replied on Sep 27, 2016

Thanks guys!

replied on Sep 27, 2016
Current partner @ Andreessen Horowitz (VC firm). Ex-Mckinsey, ex- strategy guy at Google.

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.

Guennael replied on Sep 26, 2016
Ex-MBB, Experienced Hire; I will teach you not only the how, but also the why of case interviews

Actually.... if in the US probably, you would probably never wear a tie unless perhaps your clients were in finance. Once I got my BCG offer, the next time I wore a suit was when I interviewed for my next job. Even meetings with the senior clients are usually done wearing business casual.

This may be different in other countries (I used to wear a 3 piece suit in Germany in my pre-consulting days after all).

Hope this helps,

Guennael -

Ex-BCG Dallas

Anonymous B replied on Sep 26, 2016

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

Anonymous A replied on Sep 26, 2016

Thanks, guennael.

Since we talking about it, what's the dress code for a consultant. Is it suit and tie everyday? only in big client meeting?


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