There is a position in the UK I've seen that I'm interested in, which I set aside to apply to over a weekend. Before the weekend came around, a recruiter got in touch with me, and, after an email exchange, happened to present this same position to me. I made it clear to him that I had every intention of applying for the position anyway, but that I'd be happy to do it through him instead.
He said he wanted to talk to me over the phone, and we arranged to speak last Friday at 4pm. He didn't call. I emailed him, and he got back to me about 30 minutes later, saying he couldn't make it, but could I make 6pm? As I couldn't, I tried to arrange a time with him last Monday, and I've not heard from him since.
My concern here is with the ethics of going ahead and applying for the job directly. I had to chase him after he didn't call me back, and he's not responded since, which makes me feel as though I should just apply for it now, as I've tried to contact him a couple of times and heard nothing, but I've been wondering how other people view it.
Do you think I should apply directly?