16th May 2013
‘...They absolutely loved you; they absolutely loved your pitch... but; they absolutely hated the product and have not placed any orders...’ Karren Brady, Episode Three.
Most people who know me, will know that I am intrigued, if not a little obsessed (if I am being truthful) by The Apprentice. I don’t watch much television generally and I am extremely selective about which ‘reality’ TV programmes I watch, but there is something about The Apprentice that draws me in each series.
I guess it is as much about ‘professional curiosity’ as anything else; as an experienced HR professional with almost twenty-years in the profession, I have seen many assessment centres, but nothing quite like the ‘train-wreck’ that 'The Apprentice' often becomes. I do of course use the term ‘train-wreck’ in the sense of... you know something bad is going to happen, but you just feel totally compelled to watch it... This series is already no exception...
Three weeks into the series and already we have had the ‘sales task’; where the candidates had to sell as much as possible, from a totally random selection of items and two tasks involving ‘creativity’, ‘pitching’ and ‘selling’ – one involving a new ‘brand of beer’ and the other involving ‘flat-pack furniture’. The principal lesson that we have learnt so far about the candidates is that the ‘girls’ team (and I use the term 'team' in the loosest sense) are essentially rubbish!
Whilst it pains me to say that as a woman; so far all we have seen from the ladies is a lot of make-up, posturing, back-stabbing and bitchiness and very little in the way of ‘business’ and indeed ‘common’ sense. I have to say; if I was staying in that house with them, I think I would have disposed of all the sharp knives by now and would be sleeping with one eye open, lest I end up with a 'knife in my back'!!!
The only possible [remaining] exception to that rule is Rebecca; I get a sense from her that provided she contributes to the team, works hard and keeps herself out of the ‘Boardroom’ she may well be the one woman to watch as a potential contender as opposed to a potential psychopath!!!!
As a consequence, the girls team have so far lost – pretty spectacularly in some cases, all three of the tasks and if it wasn't for Lord Sugar having placed Tim as Project Manager on the girls team in episode two, they would already be three down and for possibly the first time in the show’s history, we might have been heading for an ‘all-boys’ final (not that we can rule this out yet, of course!).