An interview with one of our new starters – Samantha Ballentyne
Now in her 6th week Samantha Ballentyne has made a superb start to her career here at Scantec. She joins us from a Global Recruiter as Senior Resourcing Specialist within our Project Services division. Let’s find out how Samantha found our recruitment process and what ultimately attracted her to Scantec.
Me: ‘How did you find the recruitment process?’
Samantha: ‘It was good. The first call you and I had was interesting and then when you came back to say you could accommodate part-time hours and you wanted to see me for interview, I was really pleased. It was good to know that you are accommodating for Mums and parents.
I came in to meet with Colin and Shereese before Christmas. We concluded after the interview that those particular opportunities weren’t right for me, for a few different reasons. You agreed to keep in touch in case any other opportunities came up that could have been of interest, and we left it at that. When I left I remember thinking the office had a really nice feel to it, especially as it was Christmas, so I was hoping something else would come up. Then when you called after Christmas to say another opportunity had come up I was pleased and I liked that you had kept me in mind. Ed [Manager of Project Services] came over to Liverpool to meet me on my lunch for a coffee to talk about the opportunity. It was a nice way of doing it given I’d already been in for a first interview. Then I came in to meet with Ed again, and Pete [Managing Director] for second interview. Gordon [Head of Finance] saw me in reception and stopped to wish me luck, it gave me a really good vibe that someone would do that, especially someone in a senior position. Pete was really nice too, I was expecting loads of questions with him being the MD, but actually the conversation just flowed really nicely. The ‘selling in a candidate over the phone’ role play I did went well too, I quite enjoyed it. Then when you called in the afternoon to offer me the job I couldn’t wait to start. The whole thing was stress free, you were always available to speak out of hours, you catered to me, you didn’t pester, and I got to meet the team at interview, so I got a feel for who I’d be working with.
Me: ‘What ultimately attracted you to Scantec?’
Samantha: ‘At first I was a bit wary of going from a big global business into a small company, especially with all the uncertainty of Brexit and all the rest of it. Then once I’d done my research and seen it’s a company where people stay for years, and it’s very well established with a national client base, it didn’t matter. Plus the location is great for me as I live on the Wirral and there’s free parking, so it’s so much easier than having to park in Liverpool city centre. So yes, the decision to join was all made very easy for me.’
If you’d like to understand more about career opportunities at Scantec please don’t hesitate to contact me, Zoe Sheen. I want to hear from you!
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