I've been a manager for about 1 year. Last week I made my first offer to an external candidate. I used the "How to Make a Job Offer" podcast. It worked exceedingly well AND I got some feedback.
The candidate accepted.
And now the rest of the story...
The candidate happens to be a neighbor of my Senior VP (that's three levels up, by the way). He apparently told my Senior VP *very* nice things about how I handled the interviewing process and that the offer really wow'ed him. I received good feedback from my SVP the very next day!
Thank you Mark and Mike!
(my first post on the MT forums)