When a person is looking for a new job, they may need to submit their resumes to many employers. To have a better chance of standing out from the other applicants, the person should include a job interview request letter. This gives the person the opportunity to show his or her sincere interest in the job and highlight why they would benefit the company or institution. By requesting an interview, the applicant is asking the hiring manager to take action. It is not pushy or impolite to ask for an interview. Most hiring managers will appreciate an applicant who is confident enough to make the request.
For every employer to whom a job application is sent, a custom job interview request should also be included. The letter should not look like it was taken from a template, but have some comments that directly relate to the specific job. For example, it should demonstrate knowledge of the company and briefly showcase how the experience and qualifications of the applicant is a good match for the company.
The letter should be addressed to the proper person for hiring. It should not be addressed to Sir or Madam. If the applicant isn’t sure to whom to address the letter, he or she should call the company or institution and request the name of the hiring manager. This also demonstrates that the applicant has initiative.
The following suggestion should be considered when writing the letter:
• The applicant should use confident language while being polite and respectful.
• The letter may elaborate on the applicant’s relevant qualifications that are listed in the resume that match the specific job.
• The job that is being sought should be specified with a few comments that show the employer that the applicant understands the job.
• The applicant should directly request an interview.
• The applicant’s contact information should be easy to see.
• The applicant should thank the employer for taking the time to consider the applicant’s request.
The hiring manager or employer is not employing a set of skills, but they are employing a human being with a personality that, hopefully, fits into the culture of the company. The cover letter is a place where the applicant can express a little of their personality to put a human touch on their application.
The applicant can call the employer one to two weeks after the employer receives the job interview request letter to follow up. They should state their name as well as the job for which they applied and remind the employer that they would like to respectfully request an interview.
By Andre Bradley