I had the chance to speak to McKinsey HR recruiter after being put in touch by a global leader at the company.
The person was friendly and answered all my questions. Moreover, she had already looked at my profile and told me that I had all the right elements Mckinsey looks for when screening CVs. She was honest in telling me that they stopped recruiting for the Dubai office at the moment but they are actively interviewing for the other Middle East offices (it is the region I am targeting at the moment).
At the end, she told me to apply on their web portal and send her an email with my CV and cover letter to inform her that I applied. What should I read into this? Should I consider this as a future referral and go ahead and apply online or should I keep talking to consultants there to get someone to "bluntly" refer me and increase my chances of getting an interview?
I am not familiar with the recruitment process and specifially the referrals, so any input is appreciated.
Let me know what you think.