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To me, the good hypothetical recruiter would be like a talent scout in the sports industry, and have the ability to find quality players. This is easier said than done because even many technical people cannot spot true talent. Further I don't think the market is completely there to incentives such a scout. A good deal of the large companies still view developers as a replaceable resource that can be shuffled in and out. As such even if you could identify quality, the demand is not their and the quality does not want to work in that environment. So you would have to specialize in the few companies that do want quality and build a reputation among them. When one evaluates the reality of that it becomes easy to see why it is just easier to sling questionable quality individuals into organizations that do not demand quality.



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