I'm unemployed and applying for work in the public information/communications/marketing field.
Last week I answered a blind Craigslist ad for a "marketing/business manager/social media" position. I got this response (some details blurred):
What we like to do is before a interview we like to see a skill set. We give all applicants a design challenge. Attached is a [picture of a thing], We would like you to take the [picture of a thing] and recreate your own design. please do a little research on what we do.
We hope to hear from you!
Please open a new email and send it to this email.
I did respond. I told him my name isn't Kendrick, I was not applying for a design position, and when I tried to "do a little research" by clicking the link to the company website on its Facebook page, I got a GoDaddy "this domain name is currently available" page.
If they hadn't lost me at "Kendrick," they would have lost me at "a interview."