Email Influence Letter Example

Why You Should Follow Up the Job Interview with an Influence Letter

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Instead of writing a thank-you note after an interview, consider a letter that will help influence the hiring manager to choose you for the job. Confront any doubts you think might have been raised during the interview and stress the ways in which you've performed in the past and how you can successfully fill this employer's position. Additionally, if you think any damage control is necessary post interview, an influence letter highlighting your qualifications and skills will carry much more weight than a simple thank letter.

Here's an example of an influence letter sent by email.

Post-Rejection Influence Letter

You can also send an influence letter if you've been rejected for a position. This letter would address whatever issues the interviewer noted when he turned you down for the job. For example, maybe you lacked experience or didn't have a certain set of skills. Communicate to the employer that you're not afraid of challenges and can step up to the plate if given another chance. While one influence letter probably won't win you the job, it will tell the employer that you are confident and persistent: two traits that are sure to impress and may keep you on a short list for future job openings.

Influence Letter Email Example

Subject Line: Sales Representative Position

Dear Mr. Williamson,

It was a pleasure meeting you last week and discussing the sales representative position at XYZ Financial Company. Thank you for introducing me to Mr. James and Mr. White, with whom I would be working.

I am glad I had the opportunity to explain to you my exemplary sales record, which I believe would make me an asset on your team. I realize you expressed that the ideal candidate for the position should be experienced in team sales; while most of my experience has been as an individual salesman, I thrive in collaborative settings. As a sales representative at ABC Company, I met weekly with the other 20 sales representatives to collaboratively develop sales strategies and troubleshoot various sales issues. I flourish in this collective setting and would love the opportunity to bring my passion for teamwork to your company.

I also have a history of developing and maintaining long-lasting relationships with both clients and colleagues. At ABC Company, I maintained more than 75 percent of my clients for my entire tenure as a sales representative.  I'm confident that my ability to develop strong relationships will also make me a strong team salesman.

I hope this illustration of my collaborative skills will instill confidence that I am the ideal candidate for the sales position. Thank you again for taking the time to speak with me and if you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you about this position.

Best regards,

[First Name Last Name]

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Please Note: This sample is provided for guidance only. Letters and other correspondence should be edited to fit your personal situation.