Is it okay to send an employer a gift?
Illustration: Pierre Le-Tan

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