I'm interested in applying for a job. I found out about this through a recruiter. I told the recruiter not now, but then I talked to a friend who works at the conpany and now I'm reconsidering.
My friend told me there is a bonus for employees who reference others, so obviously he will benefit if I pursue this through him. However, the recruiter did talk to me first; do I owe it to the recruiter to work with him so that he can get his compensation?
A complication: the recruiter said this was a contract-to-hire position. I asked my friend about this, and he suspects that's a way for the recruiter to make more money, because he knows of only one other employee on his team who is not a direct hire. I don't know either way.
In short: Should I work with the recruiter or the friend?