Executive Search & Strategic Recruitment


At Palermo Rhodes, we do more than merely attract & connect industry professionals to job openings. We work closely and very confidentailly with candidadtses to enusre their backgounds, experience & needs are a good match for a client's opportunity & culture.

Our executive recruiters stay actively involved through your client interview and the entire hiring process. Palermo Rhodes serves clients who are very selective in their search for potential candidtes with a proven track record and a desire to be placed in one of the industries many premier companies. 

Interview Tips

An interviewer has just one objective: to decide whether or not to make you a job offer. While the interviewer will examine your work history and educational background, your strengths and accomplishments will also be important criterion. He or she is also interested in evaluating your level of motivation, values, attitude and personality. In other words, to find out if you’re the right person for the job, what your potential is for promotion and whether or not you will fit into the company culture.

While it’s true that an interview is an important screening tool for companies, it also allows you to learn those things you need to know about the position and the company so that you can make an intelligent decision about the job. Always approach an interview focused on your objective: getting a job offer.

Know Yourself

What are your strengths? 

What are your weaknesses?

What are your short and long-term goals?

Evaluate yourself in terms of the position you seek?

Research the Company

The Internet offers a wealth of company information 

Know the company’s products and services.

Be prepared to tell the interviewer 

why their company is attractive to you.

Items to Bring to the Interview



Folder with paper & a pen

Questions for the interviewer

Dress for Interview Success

Have you ever noticed someone's shoes that were all scuffed up?  How about a woman's skirt that had a ripped hemline or a ripped stocking?  Did you ever see a man wearing a shirt that was so wrinkled it looked like he just pulled it out of the hamper?  What happened when you saw these things?  What conclusions did you draw about that person?

Did you ever see a woman that was dressed so nicely that she seemed to have a glow about her?  Or see a man in a freshly pressed shirt wearing a stylish tie and a well-fitting suit?  What impression did they leave you with?

Your appearance, and the details around your dress style, is important during an interview because they send non-verbal signals to the interview team.  Based on how you are dressing yourself or what you're wearing, the hiring manager might be drawing conclusions as to your education, intelligence, socioeconomic status, and your desirability as a new hire.

Dress for Success Tips

Were going to cover some pretty universally-accepted rules around what you should wear during an interview.  We understand that not everyone can afford to abide by all these rules.  Do what you can in this area, because first impressions are lasting ones, and that's extremely important when it comes to landing a job!

Interview Dress Tip 1 - Clothes that Fit

Make sure the clothes you wear to an interview actually fit you.  You want to look business like, but stylish if you can.  That means a coordinated outfit that is tailored to your body.  Ill fitting clothes look sloppy, and that's the impression you'll leave with the interview team.

Interview Dress Tip 2 - Wear Long Sleeves

We know this sounds silly, but the lack of sleeves on a dress can label you as a social butterfly and not a serious businesswoman.  For men, a short sleeve shirt can leave the interviewer with the impression that you're best suited as a backup choice or a retail clerk.

Interview Dress Tip 3 - Cover those Feet

It's not surprising that many people going on interview completely ignore what they're wearing on their feet.  Don't make that mistake.  Shoes are one of the strongest indicators of social status.

Cheap shoes are a sign that you cannot really afford to make your outfit complete.  Scuffed shoes are even worse; they tell the interviewing manager that you ignore the details.

Interview Dress Tip 4 - Hair Styles

If you want the hiring company to think you're a progressive thinker that would add value to their organization, then you need to lose that 1980s haircut.  Yeah, maybe it's served you well for the last 20 or 30 years, but it's time for a change.  A new job is a great way to start over when it comes to hair styles.

Interview Dress Tip 5 - Accessories

Admittedly, women tend to wear more accessories than men, but that doesn't mean that men can ignore this final tip.  Dangling earrings are out - simple studs are best for making a good impression during an interview.  Metal watches signify strength and endurance, so if you have one, and it goes with what you're wearing, then wear that watch.

Scarves and neckties need to send the interview team the impression that you're all business.  So leave the long flowing scarves at home alongside the necktie with Snoopy on it that you got for Christmas. Power tie colors are red and yellow and are best with a dark blue or black suit.  Again, you're dressing for success and that means looking professional, not necessarily fun.

Investing in Your Wardrobe

It really pays to dress appropriately for an interview.  If your wardrobe needs an update, then it is money well spent.  After all, a high paying job will cover the cost of a new outfit many times over.

Finally, keep in mind that you're investing in yourself and your future.  While that investment is only in clothes, it's one of the most important investments you'll ever make.

Palermo Rhodes
3 Church Cir
Suite 151
Annapolis, MD 21401

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