Two of the most important types of interview letters are cover letters and post-interview thank you letters.
Cover letters are as important as a resume. Employers read a cover letter before the resume and they may not go further if they don’t like what they see.
A cover letter should describe which job you’re applying for and why, summarize your qualifications and experience, and a request an interview. Try to personalized and target the letter for each specific employer.
Sample Cover Letter Format:
Street Address, City, State and Zip code, Telephone, Email
Subject heading with the position or type of work you seek.
Employer’s Name or Title:
First Paragraph: State why you are writing.
Second Paragraph: Summary of qualifications
Third Paragraph: Close and ask for the interview
Phone interviews are a common part of the job search process since they save the company and even the candidate a lot of time. So it is important to prepare for phone interviews. Here are some tips…
1. Schedule it for a time when it is quiet and you will not be disturbed so you give the interview your full attention. You do now want any unprofessional background noises either.
2. Have your resume and other information with you next to the phone. If you have multiple versions then make sure you are looking at the same resume version you had sent to the employer who is calling. You may want to have prepared answers ready to some common questions like, “What are your greatest strengths?” Remember since it is over the phone they can’t see your notes. You probably want the answers prepared in easy-to-read bullet points. Have notes handy as well on the research that you did on the company. You may want to refer to these facts throughout the interview.
3. Have a list of questions ready so that you can gather info and show interest. Have some paper and a pencil ready so you can take notes.
4. Have your day timer or whatever you use handy so you know your availability. If the interview goes well the interviewer may ask you to come in for a second interview that will be face-to-face this time.