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Q:  I’m so embarrassed! I just came from a job interview where I was asked, “Can you tell me a time when you came up with a clever way to motivate someone?” I drew a blank. Finally, I stammered something stupid until we changed the subject. Should I put some great motivational ideas in my follow-up thank-you note?

A: No. Within the context of the whole interview, this question was just one element. Hopefully, you scored big points on your other answers. If you use your thank-you note to answer the question more fully, you risk calling attention to what sounds like a low point in the interview.

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