Zoom interviews - Suit and tie?

Anyone interviewing for IB positions in a collared shirt? Have been in a suit and tie for my interviews but wanted to see about others

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  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Nov 8, 2020 - 12:13am

Oh yea I mean no suit pants. Gotta tuck the shirt into my underwear/gym pants/pjs to make sure the shirt doesn't bundle up. Real classy

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Nov 7, 2020 - 2:49pm

Just a short sleeve collared shirt. One guy I interviewed with was dressed informally and I was in suit and tie, felt awkward so wanted to see if anyone else wasn't doing that

  • Intern in IB - Ind
Nov 7, 2020 - 10:54pm

Same for all my zoom interviews for SA, the other person was just wearing a t shirt, but I always wore a suit and tie just bc you never know what can cause a ding

Nov 7, 2020 - 9:06pm

I lateraled to an EB in NY during COVID and dressed in business casual (dress shirt/dress pants) for every single zoom interview. I had over a dozen interviews so clearly it wasn't too much of a deterrent for anyone and I didn't get the sense anyone cared. Just feels strange being interviewed by someone in a T-shirt while you're wearing a full suit but as with anything on this forum, my experience was purely anecdotal

  • Analyst 1 in S&T - Equities
Nov 7, 2020 - 11:04pm

Yeah but your former employer did the sorting for them, they knew you were normal/competent. Some college kid shows up biz casual they don't know what they're going to get.

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Nov 7, 2020 - 11:02pm

If I see a candidate without a suit and tie I am dinging immediately. I get it, it sucks but it can convey the wrong image. 

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Nov 8, 2020 - 12:29am

Got made fun of in a buy-side interview for wearing a suit and tie. Started going with a short sleeve dress shirt or polo since, got a BB/EB offer doing so. I think if you go casual you just have to own it, was not an impediment to me personally in getting superdays.

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