Knowing what to expect from that invitation—and what information to ask for, if it is not included in the email—could help you sail into the interview with confidence and land the job.
What an Email Invitation to an Interview Should Include
The email invitation to interview should include the following:
- The position: Ideally, both the applicant and the hiring manager know that, but it is helpful if the email is clear.
- The date, time, and location of the interview: Applicants need to know when to show up and where. Companies often have multiple branches or work out of a few floors in the same building.
- The person who will be conducting the interview: Will it be a representative from human resources, the hiring manager, a potential team member—or some combination of those folks?
- What to bring to the interview: Applicants may be asked to bring a resume, samples of work, references, etc.
- A contact number or email: This is important in case anyone has questions or needs to reschedule.
Email Invitation to Interview Example
This example of an email invitation sent to a job applicant who has been selected for a one-on-one interview is brief and gets to the point.
Invitation to Interview Sample
Subject: Invitation to Interview
Dear Sara Potts,
As a result of your application for the position of Account Analyst, I would like to invite you to attend an interview on June 30, at 9 a.m. at our office in Quincy, Massachusetts.
You will have an interview with the department manager, Edie Wilson. The interview will last about 45 minutes. Please bring a list of three references as well as a copy of your driver's license to the interview.
If the date or time of the interview is inconvenient, please contact me by phone (518-555-5555) or email firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange another appointment. We look forward to seeing you.
Randall & Associates
101 Beech Street
Quincy, MA 02169
How Applicants Should Reply
Express your thanks. Applicants should begin their message by thanking the person who contacted them for the opportunity. It’s polite and will make sure that your future interactions start off on the right foot. Further, it shows the hiring manager that you understand professional etiquette.
Make sure have the right information. Confirm the details outlined in their invitation. It might feel strange to re-type the date and time of the interview in a reply, but the hiring manager sending the invitation might be arranging several other interviews at the same time. Writing it out gives the hiring manager a chance to catch a mistake if any incorrect details were included.
Clarify any points of confusion. Is crucial information missing from the email invitation? Don’t be afraid to ask for more information. No hiring manager should think less of an applicant for wanting to know exactly who they will be speaking with. In fact, asking is more likely to make an applicant look like a conscientious person who is prepared and doesn't like wasting people's time.
Sample Response Email Message
Here’s an example of a response from the applicant confirming the interview. Also review more examples and tips for accepting an interview.
Interview Reponse Sample
Subject: Interview Confirmation Account Analyst Position - Sara Potts
Dear Mr. Gunn,
Thank you very much for the invitation to interview for the Account Analyst position. I appreciate the opportunity, and I look forward to meeting with Edie Wilson on June 30th at 9 AM in your Quincy office.
If I can provide you with any further information prior to the interview, please let me know.