LYNDA – AN INTERVIEW WITH
1. What do you like the most about working for Grace Personnel?
When the Consultants have worked so hard to help a candidate get a position to progress in their career and they receive news they have been offered the position – it’s always a great feeling! It’s not just about the money they genuinely really do care about each and every candidate. The fact that all of the team have completely different characters, but get on so well. It’s my 2nd family (sorry girls you’re stuck with me)! No two days are the same, I haven’t ever worked in a place like it, so for me I realise I’m lucky to have this job.
2. In your opinion, what is the most important skill required for your role?
To be thorough; I will do my utmost to ensure candidates are paid correctly and on time and answer any queries, no matter how big or small.
3. How did you get into recruitment?
I had not worked in recruitment before, working instead mainly in the travel industry, but always in an accounts position. After being made redundant from my last role and not getting much joy from other agencies where I really got the feeling that my age was going against me, and I was wasting their time. Then I went to Grace, I was really refreshed at their attitude and professionalism from the start, and finally found someone who listened to me. Lauren saw me and offered me a temp position whilst looking for permanent job. Then a position became available at Grace so Lauren asked if I would like to work with the team and happily accepted.
4. What is your pet peeve within recruitment?
When candidates come in to register and tell you if other agencies haven’t actively helped them. I like to think I do my job to the best of my ability, so am disappointed if others don’t have this attitude, especially as I have also experienced this.
5. In your opinion what makes a good candidate?
Any candidate that really wants to work and are sincere. In this ever changing market it is not necessary to be suited and booted for interviews with agencies, but it’s lovely to see when someone does make an effort.
6. How long have you been with Grace Personnel?
Coming up to 3 years!
7. What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t in your job now?
I’d be a midwife – always wanted to work with babies and I think this would be the most rewarding job.
8. What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
Walk the Inca Trail and visit Peru, but not sure I’d want to eat the Guinea Pig staple of Peru.
9. What city would you most like to live in?
Osaka, Japan before it gets too fashionable, this is a place I haven’t visited yet but really want too after seeing it on various travel programmes.
10. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
Florence, I love this name for 2 reasons, first it was my lovely Nan’s name and secondly it was my favourite place I had visited in Italy.
11. If you had time to do volunteer work, what would you do?
Work on a children’s ward in hospital. I’m always amazed by how strong children are.
12. What did you want to be when you grew up?
Be in the WRENS Women’s Royal Naval Service I wanted to travel the world and be in the armed forces.
13. Do you have a favourite super hero?
Iron Man – I love the films!
QUICK FIRE ROUND
Heels or Flats – Heels
Breakfast or Dinner – Dinner
Blue or Green Eyes – Green
"We have used Grace Personnel for over 10 years. They know and understand our business and requirements. I will always put a vacancy with them first before sending it out to other agencies, as I know that they can deliver. An area of Grace that I value is the continuity of staff, unlike other agencies you have the same contact year after year which helps build a relationship and for them to understand us. Without hesitation, I recommend Grace to any employer looking to recruit or for anyone who is looking for a job as you'll always get an excellent service."
Emma, HR Manager, Printing