Microsoft has an office in the city where I live. It happened that they are hiring software engineers for a team/product that I am really passionate about. So I revamped my resume and tailored it to meet the job description/team. did few days studying and also did my research, The Principle manager for that team posted on LinkedIn that they are hiring. I crafted a personal msg and sent it to him explaining my interest in the team and the product and also a little bit about myself and why I am might be a good fit to the culture/team. At the end of the msg I mentioned that I'll send him a follow up email with my resume, and I did.
All worked out well, he replied to my email after three days and asked If I want to schedule a tech phone interview. That was great! except that In the morning of the same day I contacted a recruiter and asked if they have business with MS so that I increase my chances of being noticed, I've also applied to the position directly. Recruiter said yes they do and in fact they are the only recruiting company in town that does work with MS and that he has a formal relationship with the hiring manager. That was great, I said. So he said, I want you to send me an email and say you want us to represent you, so I did trusting that he knows what he's doing. recruiter mentioned not to reply to MS emails anymore and let him handle it. So for the next two days, I didn't get anything meaningful from the recruiter and I started to feel he is just bluffing and I might miss my chance.
During the weekend followed that, I decided to cancel with the recruiter and reply to the principle manager directly. I did, and explained what happened and said 'yes' to the phone interview. That was on Sunday, and now it is Thursday and didn't hear back from MS. Should I follow up with the principle manager on linkedin? or is it too soon giving that Microsoft just wrapped up with their annual conference yesterday. Does anyone know how long it takes to setup a tech phone interview with MS?