Slowest ever response to a job application?

I suddenly got an email out of the blue today:

Dear Sir / Madam:

We have received your application, an interview will be arranged for shortlisted candidates. Thank you for your interest to join our team!

Human Resources

Initially I thought it was spam (although the normally good Gmail spam system hadn't marked it as spam), then I saw the company name, and saw they were based in Macau.

A quick search for that company's name in my email found one outgoing message to them, applying for a job, dated December 8th, 2006! Today is February 19th, 2008.

This article is © Adrian Smith.
It was originally published on 19 Feb 2008
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