Thank-you note workplace ettiquette?
March 19, 2012 9:39 AM Subscribe
Do I get a gift for this very senior person in my company who took the time to speak with me and bought me lunch?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (18 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Background: I'm in an internship with a marketing company where the expectation (by both me and the company) is that I'll be hired as an employee at the end of a year. However, there is some flexibility with regard to my placement in the company, and to that end, I've been having conversations with various somewhat senior people in the company to get a better idea of different aspects of the business.
Question: Last week, a very senior person in the company took the time to speak with me. I know that at this point in time he is extremely busy, yet he took time out of his schedule to answer any questions I might have, and even paid for lunch (I offered, but was declined). I was wondering if I should get him a gift of any sort? A thank-you card maybe? I've sent a follow-up email thanking him, but I was wondering if there is another gesture I can/should make. Whiskey, or something similar seems excessive (and I don't know if he drinks), but for all I know any gift would be excessive.
-He met with me for about an hour, and we got lunch.
-At this point in time, this person is not in any way my direct superior. I work in a different area of the company.
-If I do decide to work in this area of the business at the end of the year (a pretty good chance, I'd say), then this person will probably have a major part in the hiring decision.
-Though this conversation was basically an informational interview, we did discuss the potential of hiring me (and he referred me to other people to talk to, and told me that I should feel free to call him at any time - another reason why I feel compelled to make another gesture of gratitude).
-We are both married males, and I am not concerned about possible misinterpretations of any gifts.