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.
Here is a sample job interview request letter. It should be sent by certified mail, so the applicant is sure it was received.
Sample Job Interview Request Letter
Name of Applicant
Address of Applicant
City, State, Zip Code
Name of Hiring Manager or Employer
Name of Museum
Address of Museum
City, State, Zip Code
RE: Requesting a job interview for the position of Curator
Dear Name of Employer,
This letter is to request an interview for the position of curator of the Museum of Modern Art in City. I came to know that the position was open from your advertisement on the Museum’s website. I believe that my education and experience in the field of fine arts makes me suitable to become part of your esteemed staff at the museum.
I graduated with honors from Name of University in DATE and received my Ph.D. in Art History from the same university on DATE. I spent the next two years studying modern and classical art in several top museums in Europe including the Prado in Spain, the Louvre in Paris and the Tate Gallery in the UK. The last six months of my time in England, I was the curator of a small modern art gallery, Name of Gallery, in London.
I have learned the responsibilities of the curator of a modern art collection, including delivering a coherent, financially viable and sustainable program for the museum, and I have directed three assistant curators. I have conducted curatorial research and implemented several different exhibitions as well as contributing articles to the scholarly publication, Name of Publication.
I admire the strong support given to the Name of Museum by the local government and citizens, and would like to be a part of your forward-looking team. During my vacations while an undergraduate, I supported this city’s public art program and helped recruited sculptures from internationally known artists throughout the world.
I would like to request an interview for the position of Curator at a time that is convenient for you. I can be reached at Phone Number or at Email Address, and will call you in 10 days to arrange an appointment.
Thank you for taking the time to consider my application.
Signature of Applicant
Printed Name of Applicant
List of Enclosures: resume
By Andre Bradley