Name dropped a fake name during an interview

While I was interviewing for MBB, for some reason, my brain told me to tell the interviewer that my uncle was high up at the bank. So I quickly said unintelligible and hard to pronounce name (something I made up on the spot like Jarisha Kitchonara) and said he was my uncle who was a principal in the Latin America region. I thought I could scare him by pretending to have someone on the inside pulling some strings, but I just recieved an email asking to confirm the name I provided, as they could not find a "Jarisha Kitchonara". 

What the fuck do I do?

Comments (41)

Oct 28, 2021 - 10:55am

During applications you are usually asked if you have any family in the firm. So either way you're kind of screwed. Just "loose" the email and deny deny deny any recollection of mentioning someone.

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Oct 28, 2021 - 11:13am

reply that you were mistaken, your uncle works at a different firm, and apologize for your mistake.

"i must apologize, my uncle works for a different firm and my brain wires must have gotten crossed in the heat of the moment."

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Oct 29, 2021 - 1:11pm

Before you respond, go on social media and find someone named Jarisha Kitchonara and encourage them to apply for the Lat. Am. division.

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Oct 30, 2021 - 6:30am

Thanks so much, this was really helpful!

Here's the first and only link I was able to find linking to a social media on Google (going to ask him to do it, hope it works):


Oct 30, 2021 - 6:13am

Wow! Exceptionally poor decision but I'm guessing you've learned your lesson now. Don't reply honestly. You've dug yourself into quite the hole and saying anything else will be damaging to the extent you lie more or you come clean and expose yourself as a liar. None of these are ideal so consider this a closed door and sail for clearer waters. Don't ever do something like this again.

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Oct 30, 2021 - 4:02pm

Yeah Mckinsey, thank you for interviewing me. I'm Chad, and my Indian uncle Jarisha Kitchnora is head of Latin America, at this bank, Mckinsey

We're not lawyers. We're investment bankers. We didn't go to Harvard. We Went to Wharton!
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Nov 6, 2021 - 12:47am

Deny everything, admit nothing. Act stupid. And just move on to another bank, say you've decided to move forward with another bank, make up whatever but deflect and just move on. This is a horrible situation. Idk why you would ever do this lol especially somebody so high up, at least say he's mid level? Not the fuckin head of Latin America division lmao whattt. You've got some serious balls

Nov 10, 2021 - 4:33pm

You have to make a fake LinkedIn page of this person ASAP. Start adding other real people at the institution. Give the interviewer your cell phone number but tell him it's really your uncles number. He will call you looking for a recommendation. Make sure to really sell the Latin America angle too. 

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