And you think you want an entry-level publishing job?

Last week a candidate for a publicity assistant position in publishing forwarded me an exchange (sans names) she’d had with the VP of publicity at a major house.

The VP said they’d begin interviewing on Wednesday and asked her to specify dates and times that she could meet. Although she offered to meet “at his convenience” on Wednesday, he chided her for failing to follow directions and called off the interview altogether:

Dear E, Thank you for your email. I’m sorry to say that I found your response disappointing. I specifically asked you to suggest time and dates to meet. Your response did not answer my question, and, in fact, ultimately made more work for me. Again, I’m sorry, but thank you for your time, but you won’t be right for this position. Best, R

Things unraveled further after that. Read the full exchange here.


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