10th July 2013
“It’s like inviting chickens to come and eat at Nando’s!” – Andi Osho ‘You're Fired’ Episode 11
Well, well, well... Here we are now at week 11 of the process and we now know who the two finalists are... More of that later though; let’s review what happened in the interviews first...
I’m not the biggest fan of reality TV shows, which is perhaps a bizarre admission from someone who has spent the last 11-weeks writing about one; I do admit to watching four: The Apprentice (obviously!), Celebrity Masterchef, Strictly Come Dancing and Undercover Boss (watch out for my thoughts on that after next week’s final!). But what always amazes me about these shows is that they always follow their own formula and whilst those who appear in ‘series one’ and at a stretch, perhaps ‘series two’ are not familiar with that formula and can therefore perhaps be forgiven for making stupid mistakes, once you get to ‘series nine’ you would expect that participants have familiarised themselves with the format sufficiently to avoid making silly mistakes... Wouldn’t you?!?!!?
Clearly not if this week’s interviews are anything to go by... I think that this is the fourth or fifth series of the Apprentice that I have watched (not including ‘Junior Apprentice’) and whilst as a HR professional I do cringe a little at some of the ‘interview techniques’ adopted by Lord Sugar’s advisers, there is absolutely no doubt that the people he selects to advise him are at the very top of their game. They are all leaders in their field, with a proven and considerable track record of achievement to back up their status and more importantly, not one of them will ‘suffer fools gladly’! Yet series after series, candidates will put forward exaggerated claims, figures that are plucked from thin air without any basis in fact, weak business cases that have not been thoroughly researched etc. etc. and somewhat ‘naively’ expect that those errors, omissions and frankly, bare-faced lies are not going to be exposed during the interview process.
And this year, was no exception... Firstly, there was Jordan.