Oh, this honest piece, well-written piece should be read by more people. It’s a shame that this practice is being used not only by startups, but also by big companies.
My experience ticks all the boxes:
- being assigned on non-business day.
- it happened before an interview occurred.
- the other side wanted properly formatted report with fully-fleshed out ideas.
Every one is out for a cheap deal. Thanks for giving helpful advices in dealing with this agonizing matter.