A recruiting company calls me to discuss a few jobs. On the call, they tell me a little about the company and the position, and then ask to submit my name. Typically, it's a company I've never heard of.
My usual response is to ask for a written job description, because I want to make sure that the description and the title make sense, I'd like to see what I'm getting into, and I want to look up the company online.
While other recruiting firms typically send me a job description either right before or immediately after a phone call, I get the sense that this particular recruiting firm does not like to send out job descriptions, or they work with companies that don't have them or have poorly written job descriptions. [For instance, they once asked me to come interview with a hiring manager, without ever sending me a job description. When I said I would not meet him without one, they suddenly "found" one. Upon reading it, it did not seem like it was written for my skill-set at all so I didn't meet with him anyway.]
Maybe I'm being overly cautious, but I think it's fair for me to ask for a written job description first. Is asking for a job description unreasonable? Should I just trust the recruiting firm, in submitting for a job? I don't think there's any reason I should trust that they have my best interest in mind, but maybe I'm being overly cynical.