I think this could go either way. It would be nice if they had some kind of cursory knowledge of the jobs they were recruiting for, however, I feel like a better improvement would be to abandon the “spray and pray” technique that I’ve seen so many recruiters employ currently.
Agree. I also think it’s important how they talk to developers. I was once asked how many years of AJAX experience I had, that really showed the recruiter didn’t have a clue of what they were talking about.
I think a big problem is the recruiter thinking you’re a great fit, only to be denied a chance when you get interviewed at the company.
The preliminary phone interview and resume/CV should also be a chance to ensure the applicant doesn’t have to waste their time.