I'm at a stage when I have to deal with recruiters for the first time ever and I am realising I have no idea how the system actually works. The filed is programming.
I found myself in an awkward situation. I've spoken to recruiter R1 this morning about company C. R1 was very helpful and I expressed that I would be more than happy to be represented by them, giving them a green light to introduce me to the company. However, several hours later I got a call from another recruiter R2 saying that they've already shown my CV to the company C and secured me an interview. I've spoken with R2 previously in the context of another company, but don't remember giving them an in blanco permission to represent me with everybody.
In the phone call, R2 said that because they got to C first with my CV, any commission due belongs to them and not R1 and proceeded to ask me for availability for the interview. I was kinda still confused about what happened so I believed that and expressed my vague availability. Still, I feel really shitty towards R1 as I promised them being able to represent me and I would prefer them to do it, after the careful explanation of the company they offered me, as well as the fact that they are based right in my geographical area of interest.
Is R2 allowed to represent me without my explicit consent? Is there still a way for me to get R1 to represent me instead of R2?
CAVEAT: I just found an email in my inbox from R2 mentioning company C from before I've spoken to R1. So technically they've presented me with the name of C first, but R1 has introduced me to the idea of the role in more detail so I'd still prefer to go with them.