I recently got in touch with an Associate Partner at McKinsey in one of my desired locations - he is ready to refer me. In fact he sent me a couple of roles where I can apply to based on my profile.
However, I have a few skeptics:
1. As per the role's requirements, they need 5+ years of the experience in that industry whereas I have 2 years work exp.
2. I am not a top grader - I am in the top 25% types, so is that a hard blocker?
3. I am not from the country of the office's location
I am skeptical if based on these reasons, they might reject my CV - this prevents me from applying in the near future - a situation which I want to avoid for sure. I seek advice on whether I should go ahead with applying right away or hold on for better roles? What are the downsides of that?