I know almost everyone would advise not to quit your current job unless you have a firm offer lined up, but I am in a situation where it is very difficult to ask for time off if I want to go for interviews, especially with MBB as one round can take hours. I work for a small company where everyone is closely supervised. I almost never took time off before unless I need to see a doctor then I would leave 30 minutes earlier than usual, so if I ask for some time off now in the middle of the day, it would likely raise some eye browns. I know I only have 10 days vacation for this whole year, but I will have to spend it for an important family event that I can't say no to. If I wait for another year to use vacation time for interviews, it would be too long. Does anyone know if recruiters in management consulting industry are against candidates who are not currently employed (not for being fired but for reasons above - that I won't be able to interview at all unless I leave my job)? Would quitting my job then going for interviews affect my chances to get an offer (at MBB)?
I appreciate any help/advice!