Jancee Dunn Polls the Experts
Q: Is it okay to send a small gift to a potential employer after an interview?
"No! No! No! A thank-you note is the most you should do."
— Anita L. Allen, professor of law and philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School
"Absolutely never, not, no, forbidden, horrible, don't even think about it!"
— Jack Marshall, president of ProEthics
"Gracious: a thank-you note or a book you talked about. Desperate: a life-size piñata replica of yourself filled with references and miniature bottles of Absolut."
— Faith Salie, host of public radio's Fair Game from PRI with Faith Salie
"Sending a gift could be misconstrued as "I'm desperate," "I'm romantically interested," or "There's plenty more where that came from." Don't grovel. A quality thank-you note can do wonders."
— Rudy Rasmus, pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church in Houston