The problem I have is that the HR person I started an e-mail chain with critiqued one of my e-mails. It was not a cover letter e-mail, just a response. I know its an editing position. On the other hand its an e-mail, and if this person did not want to higher me because of that I am sure there is a better way to respond. Am I right or is this person right?
Doesn't this also depend on the manner of critique?
If the response is "You idiot, why on earth would we want to hire someone who uses Comic Sans on her emails", or something like that, I can see an issue.
If, however, the person doing the hiring says "you may wish to note when you apply for future positions elsewhere that spelling and grammar count, when applying for editing positions" then that is valid and helpful feedback.
Criticism is good when it is constructive. The traditional response has been not to respond at all - this has to be better!