(This question is not about a thank you note sent after an interview but after the new position is accepted and confirmed.)

Years ago when I worked in an office in Philadelphia (PA), I was talking to my manager in his office when a young male colleague, whom I knew had recently been moved to a permanent role, brought a six-pack of beer to the manager.

Nothing much was said, except that the manager thanked him, but I thought perhaps that was because the colleague had gotten the permanent role.

That was my first job in USA and since that time I have worked in a few different countries as a software consultant. Consequently I now feel like my understanding of any unwritten rules may be a bit out of whack.

So, take for example a software developer who is working on a contract-to-hire position in some large enterprise somewhere in USA.

The individual is offered a salaried position and accepts it.

Are there any cultural expectations of thanking the management for hiring them?

(Footnote: the colleague who has hired in that past experience in Philadelphia was, I think, an administrative assistant. Not sure if this has much bearing however.)

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    Short answer: No. – Stephan Branczyk Aug 17 '17 at 15:54
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    Are you asking about thank you gifts or just the words? – thursdaysgeek Aug 17 '17 at 16:21
  • "Looking forward to starting ..." would be an alternative and is more common – pmf Jan 24 '18 at 16:44

While the USA is not the strictest of cultures when it comes to politeness and etiquette, showing it is never wrong. I should point out that individual states, and even REGIONS of individual states can have their own sub-cultures. So there is no specific answer for this other than "depends on the location".

A simple "thank you" is always appreciated, and universally accepted.

Spoken is always good. A written thank-you in the form of an email would also be fine. I would avoid gifts or hand-written notes or cards as that may seem a bit odd, but that's the worst it will be seen. You won't be thought of badly if you present a small gift or card, but they may look at you funny when receiving it.

  • would the down-voters please explain what's wrong with this advice? – Old_Lamplighter Aug 17 '17 at 18:28

Are there any cultural expectations of thanking the management for hiring them?

In the USA, based on my experience as a life long resident, when something is offered to you typically a "Thank You" is appropriate and depending on the personality of the person offering, its expected.

This would include an opportunity of employment IMHO. And why not, they are two short and simple words to speak. Why risk offending anyone, its easy to display a bit of gratitude?

To recap, if you are offered anything from a glass of wine to a job opportunity in the USA, it is wise to say "Thank you", even if you refuse what is being offered. You can never go wrong using this approach.

If you're offered a job, just in case this is what your after, there is no need to purchase a thank you gift. A simple spoken thank you will do.

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