Ok. So in series of odd events, I recently made it to a second interview before submitting a resume / cover letter (short version, I'd started applying for another job and they want me for a job that hadn't been posted yet).
Friday I got a call from the HR director asking me to come in for a third interview (6 people, 3 hours) this week. Also he sent me the job description and asked if I could write up a page of why I'd be good for the job. I offered to send a full cover letter / tweaked resume / reference pack, which he was grateful for.
Monday I sent him everything. An hour later I got a weird email from him. What I soon realized was that he'd meant to forward the resume/etc with comments to the rest of the team, but instead he hit reply and it only came to me.
What's more, while he liked the resume, he talked about how much he disliked the opening of my cover letter because of the sentence fragment it contained. He said "maybe that's just my bias for good grammar."
Here's the kicker: it's not a sentence fragment. He misread it. It's a slightly complex but grammatically valid sentence.
So there's three levels of awkward here:
1. The "reply" instead of "forward."
2. The critique of the grammar.
3. The fact that the critique is wrong.