Hello, I am scheduled for my final round interview at McKinsey in 4 weeks but I have just been offered a job at a boutique consulting firm. McKinsey is by far my top choice because the work is perfectly aligned with my career goals and I would love to learn from all the smart people there. As far as the local firm is concerned, while I am not interested in their work, I do see the benefit of getting my foot in the industry and some of the general skills will be transferrable to subsequent jobs. In summary, McKinsey is the job that I really want, but failing that, I would take up the job at the local firm.
So, how do I buy time to respond to the local firm until after I have a definite answer from McKinsey. I would appreciate advice on the following points:
1. I will still need at least 6 more weeks to get a definite answer from McKinsey. I doubt the local firm would want to wait that long for an answer unless I give them a sound reason for the wait. How honest can I be with them so that they don't rescind their offer?
2. Should I contact the recruiter at McKinsey, explain the situation to him and ask him to prepone my interview?
3. This is not something I want to do, but can I accept the local firm's offer and then rescind later if McKinsey's offer comes through? How bad is that on a scale of 1-10?
I will really appreciate any other thoughts, advice and feedback.