Cracking the Code of What to Say in a Job Interview Letter

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A job interview letter is just another name for a cover letter, since a cover letter should do nothing more or less than convince the hiring decision maker that you are qualified for the position and ask him or her to bring you in for an interview. To make this request as convincing as possible, the secret is to show the reader that you understand the challenges of the job, are qualified by your experience and training to meet those challenges, and in fact have already done so successfully in the past. To write a job interview letter like this, obviously, the first step should be to find out what the challenges of the job are. This is where research and thinking come in.

Before you write your job interview letter, you should be able to list the greatest problems you'll face if you win the target position. If you are already doing a similar job, this should be fairly easy for you. In that case, your research energy should be spent learning how the environment in the new position would be different, and what new challenges that environment would put in front of you. If you are making a career change, and aren't completely sure what kind of challenges you would be expected to resolve, get ready to spend a lot of time on the internet, reading and talking to your social network. Between these three sources of information, you should be able to come up with a pretty clear idea of the actions and results that would make someone successful in this new position.

What to Put in Your Job Interview Letter

Your job interview letter should tell the reader why you are best prepared to meet these challenges, with plenty of concrete examples. Some of those examples will be training you have received in meeting those challenges. Other examples will be your experiences and successes in your educational and personal life. But the largest number of examples should be from your professional career, specifically times in your career when you have successfully met similar or identical challenges before. Giving concrete, specific examples creates an image in the reader's mind of you successfully meeting the obstacles on the target job. That image easily translates to the hiring decision maker deciding to bring you in for an interview and consider you for the open position.

Still, your job interview letter should not leave that step to chance. In your letter, you need to come out and ask for the job interview. That is, after all, the whole point of writing it in the first place. At the end of your letter, say something along the lines of "I am very interested in this opening. I am ready to come in and meet you at your convenience to discuss bringing my experience to your organization." Give your phone number and email address. Additionally, it's sometimes a good idea to suggest a time range when you would prefer to come in and have the job interview. The whole point is to make the decision and action to bring you in for a job interview so simple and compelling that the hiring manager finds it easier to do so than not to.

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