I'm struggling to understand the recruitment world and would appreciate some advice to help me stress a bit less about it all.
Basically I've just finished a degree and am looking for a first job in a related industry. I was put in touch with a recruiter, had a general interview with them where they mentioned a company they were recruiting for and said it could be a match but they'd need to check with the manager first if this company would consider an inexperienced candidate.
Separately, I met someone who worked at that company through a mutual friend and they offered to send my CV around, so I said yes. But then figured I should let the recruiter know I was going to have this person send my CV around for a range of positions and so thus, my CV may end up at the manager for the position they were enquring about anyway. The recruiter replied by 'clarifying' that they'd actually already sent my CV through as part of checking whether they'd take a recent grad. Whereas my understanding had been that they were asking the manager whether they'd consider relaxing the 2+ years experience requirement.
I mentioned that the recruiter had actually sent my CV through to this contact when I sent through my CV and said it might be something the people he sends it to want to know.
Anyway, heard nothing from anyone for a few weeks, then got a call from the companies HR person saying the mutual friend had given them my details, could I come interview for the position. I mentioned the recruiter saying they'd sent it through and the companies HR person said it hadn't been given to them.
So now I am unsure whether I tell the recruiter I am actually interviewing with the company, as best I can tell they haven't heard anything about the position from the company either way. I don't want to mention it and have them pursue the company for commission, and thus not get the job, especially when it was really just the work of a friend of a friend that got me the interview in the first place. But I also don't want to sour a relationship with a recruiter so early on, especially if they really may talk to one another about it.
As for the company, what approach do more experienced people think I should take? Currently, I intend to go for the interview, and when I get a chance to ask questions, make sure among them I bring up that "I checked my e-mail and this recruiter says they sent my CV to the line manager for a similar sounding position, does this have any bearing on this position?" and see what they say or whether they require me to take some kind of action.
Feel free to let me know if I've actually just gotten myself in a real pickle and should just give up now on both working with that recruiter or at that company.