I'm currently working at a big4 advisory division. Been thinking about pursuing consulting (specifically MBB and AT Kearney). A few days ago, a McKinsey HR happen to reached out to me on Linkedin offering the opportunity to be a junior research analyst (financial institution). Generally I am more interested in the consulting track due to 2 reasons: (i) client facing (ii) being a generalist. But, a part of me feel like this is opportunity presenting itself and currently am considering research for a few reasons: (i) high pay still, prolly less hours? (ii) its Mckinsey, so the brand name (iii) possibly can move to consulting track? (iv) great opportunity for insights generation.
Anways, the HR mentioned that they're hoping to close applications in 10 days, so interviews will be fast paced. So I'm quite concerned for underperforming since I havent done any prep for case interviews.
Please help answering these questions:
- What should I do?
- If you think I should pursue research, what do I do with the fast paced interview timeline?
- If you think I should pursue consulting track, what do I say to the HR? should I turn the research opportunity down? is it possible to ask them about business analyst role instead?