I applied for a position in a company website. A week later I received an e-mail with instructions on how to proceed with the interview process; which involves getting back to them.
No explicit e-mail address was provided for that matter. The e-mail was sent through a recruiting platform that uses disposable/temporary e-mail addresses, masking the real address (i.e., using time stamps, alphanumeric characters, etc).
In my experience so far, I have been approached by specific HR people and talked directly to them. Thus my feel was that this is a "no-reply" e-mail [typically non-existing addresses resulting in bounced mail] and a) a real address is missing; or b) no explicit reply e-mail has been provided for some other reason. On the other hand, another applicant in the past had access to a specific e-mail (a contact person) to get back.
From your experience, is this a common practice that you have noticed -- and is the candidate expected to reply to such address, or is it better to try to reach a real HR person directly?