I am looking to do a career switch and go into mgmt consulting. I just recently got an invite to interview for a senior consultancy position in Europe with a consulting firm. While most candidates will be coming in person to the testing site for the first round of interviews, because I live oversees they said they do not pay for transatlantic flights. However, they did say that if I was planning to be in the country sometime this year, they would be able to fly me in from whatever city in the country to the testing center (it appears as though there is no real rush/cut off time to do the interview). Otherwise, I'd have to do it over video on Skype. While I agreed to the Skype interview mid March as I wasn't planning to go to Europe any time soon, I now wonder if it would be smarter to suggest a later date (maybe 2 weeks later) but actually be in country and come in person. This would be on purpose for the interview, but I wouldn't mine combining it with a personal vacation.
1) did anyone have positive experiences with Skype interviews with consulting firms? Especially when you can expect at least 2 case studies?
2) would changing my mind and letting them know that I actually will be in country a few weeks later than the discussed Skype dates be perceived as too eager? Or would it be in my benefit to simple go ahead and make the effort to come in person?
This is only round 1 out of potentially 2 rounds of interviews, whereby chances are high that the second round would be done remotely no matter where I live. Meaning, either they meet me in person if I come in for round 1 or we do everything virtually.