In this interview we are meeting Paul Gibbens, our Client Relationship Director
1. What was your first job?
My first job was when I was 14 years old, working as a shop assistant in Taylors Fruit and Veg shop… it was an excellent job and generally got mothered by all the other ladies in the shop – don’t think I had to make my own lunch or dinner for nearly 2 years thinking about it!! Great times.
2. What do you do when you are not in work?
I have a personality which means any hobby I have to give 110%. So, spare time generally focuses around the recent fad which has taken my fancy… Examples of these situations; always loved Renault 5 GT Turbos, I bought two and then started racing them. I started training in the gym local to work and then became 4th in the UK in the men’s Physic Category. Fishing was next so again, I took it to the extreme and became a match fisherman and won a fair few senior matches. I started cycling… ended up cycling from London to Amsterdam and then on to Brussels for charity. The new fad is Triathlons so currently training for five Triathlon & Duathlon events in 2017. I must drive my wife mad… I shall remember flowers and a bottle of red on the way home!
3. What made you get into recruitment?
At the time I was working for Vodafone as a National Sales Manager working and travelling around the country. I had always fancied the idea of recruitment but didn’t actually understand it fully. I personally invested a lot of time investigating the industry before I committed. Scantec was my first interview and luckily enough for me, I was offered the job.
4. Why have you stayed with Scantec throughout your recruitment career?
Personally, I’ve stayed with Scantec because, overall, I believe in the business. When I look back, Scantec has offered me so much; they have given me the opportunity to grow as an individual, with continual training and support throughout the years, enabling me to be the best I can be. The have also given me the stability to build a family, for which I cannot thank them enough.
5. Surely you must have had periods which have not been as successful as you would have liked… How did you cope with that?
Definitely. I’m not embarrassed to say that this industry has had me in tears over the years. One particular year, when I was a Recruitment Consultant, I had won a major nuclear project supplying large amounts of blue collar labour personnel on site, I spent three months clearing candidates and qualifying candidates knowing that this project would mean my whole yearly target was achieved based on one project alone. Suffering with a mild hangover from the weekend, I arrived on Monday morning not feeling my best, I have to admit… The first call I received that morning was the client informing me that the project had been cancelled with immediate effect as the funding had been pulled. The highs and lows of recruitment are something that everyone feels and this job can send you to tears one minute and sheer elation the next.
5. What’s the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you at work?
5.00am start, travelling down to London and 70 miles into the journey I realised I still had my slippers on. Due to the early morning, the only shop I could find was a Tesco’s… Let’s just say that the shoes weren’t of the quality required for a meeting, and, two sizes too big!!!
7. Why do you enjoy recruitment?
The job offers huge variety with no two days the same. I have created amazing friendships with clients and candidates alike over the years and it’s generally an industry where you get out what you put in. The recruitment industry has changed dramatically over the years, for the better I must add – with more focus on staff and their development, with appreciation of the job they perform, ensuring they receive the correct coaching and guidance in the process.
8. What would you say to someone who is thinking of getting into recruitment?
Take time to investigate various industries, making sure you take stock of industries currently in the media. Pick an industry that interests you and has longevity. Then take time to identify the agencies working within the industry and investigate their core values and whether they fit with your own personal drivers. Resilience, Drive and a sheer desire to achieve, are an absolute must.
9. What advice would you give to someone coming to Scantec for an interview?
As above really; make sure you have investigated our organisation. We don’t expect candidates to be experts in the industry but we would expect them to understand our business and core values.
Secondly, we want to see the real you. Be yourself and be clear as to what you want – in return we will provide you direction and productive feedback in the process.
10. What would you do if you could do any job?
Taking my current fad, I would say a full-time athlete… however in a couple of months that might change