There’s a saying, “Ask and you shall receive.” This might not always be true of a cover letter asking for an interview, yet failure to request a call to action is a sure way to make sure no action is taken. The request for an interview is an important part of your cover letter. It may not be the most important part, yet without it, your cover letter is a shadow of what it could be.
How you approach asking for an interview is an individual thing. If you are naturally shy, you probably wouldn’t feel comfortable opening your letter with a bold statement like “After you check my resume, you will understand why I am excited about the prospect of talking about what I would like to offer your company.” And such a bold approach isn’t necessary. I lean toward preparing a cover letter that makes asking for an interview the most logical request in the world.