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For an engineering class I'm taking, I've been interviewing experts in the field. The goal of these interviews is to:

  1. learn important information on our potential customers.
  2. find out more about the terminology to use.
  3. discuss previous solutions to the potential problems my group is tackling.
  4. find narrower problems within this field to design our solution around.

A government office I contacted by email just set me up with a specific person (a government employee), cc'd this person, and told me to contact this person by email and arrange the date and time. According to the person who arranged this, "they were happy" to speak to me.

I've always read that one should thank a person for their time after an interview, but I haven't had the interview yet, so I'm confused as to what to write.

Should I thank them for choosing to accept being interviewed, then ask about possible dates and times?

closed as off-topic by Anne Daunted, curiousdannii, NVZ, Tinkeringbell, r m Dec 3 '17 at 20:00

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "This question does not appear to be about interpersonal skills, within the scope defined in the help center." – curiousdannii, Tinkeringbell, r m
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • Clarification: what do you expect from us? Asking "how should this email be written" seems like asking us to write the email draft for you, which is a "phrasing request" and off-topic here. Asking guidelines of how such email be written, however, is on-topic. Then, you can write your own email using the guidelines. Which one you are asking? – Vylix Dec 4 '17 at 3:03
  • @Vylix - I meant to ask for guidelines. What I really want to know about is whether to thank the person for choosing to be interviewed. I'll edit accordingly. – SnowingSilently Dec 4 '17 at 4:18
  • @SnowingSilently "should I thank them" seems a rather obvious "yes". Why do you ask? Do you suspect that this person is actually not willing to be interviewed? What this person is to the government office? An employee? – Vylix Dec 4 '17 at 4:22
  • @Vylix I don't know anything about this person other than that they are a government employee, and that they were "happy to speak with me," according to the person that helped set this interview up. I've always read that one should thank a person for their time after an interview, but I haven't had the interview yet, so I'm confused as to what to write. Should I write "Thank you for taking the time to let me interview you?" then ask about possible dates and times? – SnowingSilently Dec 4 '17 at 14:58
  • Have you done any research? There are lots of sites out there that will help you with the interview process, how to word emails, how to write resumes, etc. I recommend looking at that first and then editing your question if you have a more specific problem. – Catija Dec 4 '17 at 19:47

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