Most really dislike it.
Here’s why: As a candidate, you’ve been recruited before. It’s distasteful. Recruiter calls, pretends he knows all about you, from another guy who spoke “highly” about you. He then launches a job description mirroring your LinkedIn profile and tells you, “you’d be a great fit”. Your eyes roll, you want to say out loud, “you don’t even know if I’m interested and you’re pitching me a job. You car salesman, you”. But you don’t. You are a polite professional and now you’d like to hang up and wash your hands. We get it. Totally.
As a client, same deal. You are pitched the most “incredible candidates” without one question of your needs and zero research done on your firm. “He’d be a great fit.” You roll your eyes. You do need people. “I can’t use someone like that, but I could use a …” Now comes the wave of Monster, CareerBuilder, Dice and Zip Recruiter resumes. The same resumes that HR has exposure to, and you’ve passed on. We get it. YOU ARE JUSTIFIED.
When you pay a fee you deserve leather no plastic.