Will having long hair as a guy affect my chances of getting hired?

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New answer on May 06, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Oct 26, 2019

Hey Guys, I recently submitted my applications for MBB and 2nd tier firms as well. I was wondering wether having long hair as a guy would be frowned upon during the interview. My hair is long and I usually tie it in the back so it looks neat.

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Anonymous replied on May 06, 2020

Dear A,

No. This will not affect an outcome as long as you can handle your hair and keep your outlook as a business professional. So wear very conservative suit to balance it.

Good luck!

Best,

André

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Ian
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replied on May 04, 2020
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Hi,

In general, you just need to make sure you look presentable. It's only a problem if you look messy/immature.

All that being said, it never hurts to check around for local office nuances, especially if you're applying in a country that's not your own.

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Thomas
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replied on May 03, 2020
150+ interviews | 6+ years experience | Bain, Kearney & Accenture | Exited startup| London Business School

This should not be a problem. A key requirement is that you are professional and that the partners are comfortable putting you in front of the client. If your hair looks neat, there should be no problem.

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Deniz
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replied on Oct 28, 2019
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Hi,

It will have no impact on the outcome of your interviews. I happened to work with quite a few male consultants who had long hair/tattoos/earings etc. at BCG. In short, the output of your work is more important than your physical look.

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Deniz

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Antonello
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replied on Oct 26, 2019
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Hi,

it really depends on the offices. In recent years, also in management consulting outfit is being less informal and well-finished beards or long hairs are accepted.

However I strongly recommend to ask for insights about your office and look on LinkedIn the profile pictures of consultants.

Best,

Antonello

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Vlad
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replied on Oct 27, 2019
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Hi,

If it is clean and a good haircut, it should be fine. I would say the overall look is more important. You can look professional even with long hair.

Best

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