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BLUF:  What is the difference between a letter of interest and a cover letter?  When a job announcement requests a letter of interest, should I submit a cover letter following the MT guidance?

Background:  I've recently seen several job announcements that ask for a "letter of interest" rather than a cover letter.  One interpretation is that these announcements are seeking something longer and more detailed than a standard one page cover letter.  However, I am also sensitive to the fact that a one page cover letter is best. 

Interestingly, the positions that I've seen requesting this also require applicants to answer a series of supplemental questions in addition to the letter of interest.