Every year, we sit down to
subject ourselves to be entertained by The Apprentice candidates’ overstuffed personal introduction videos. This is my advice to the candidates having watched episodes 1 and 2.
Learn the difference between an adjective and a verb
Anyone else feeling deflated that the decline of the English language is no longer the fault of the hoodie-wearing, mobile-addicted school dropouts of urban legend? No it ‘s all down to the BBC ‘s The Apprentice candidates. From their pompous self-introductions and taxi rants to their post-task analysis, I ‘m not sure I ‘d trust any one of them to tweet for one of our clients, let alone decide how to spend £100,000! Did this escape the notice of the selection panel? I ‘d have slotted in an interview task requiring candidates to construct an elevator speech without using superlatives.
How will they manage to chair meetings, run presentations or write a business plan?
If you must talk in clich√©s, for pity ‘s sake, get them right!
- The world is full of far too many wafflers. I get the job done, I walk the walk, I talk the talk and I dance the dance.
This is classic Apprentice-speak. Cliches are either misquoted, embellished (badly) or mashed together to form an editor ‘s ultimate nightmare.
Try to avoid sexism when you ‘re pitching for a large investment, in which you ‘re judged by both a male and a female
- I am an alpha male. I can make women do what I want in the business world and, come to think of it, some men.
- Most men will buy from females because females are more attractive to look at
The men part has been added in, I think, only after he heard himself aloud, and realized perhaps that it sounded at least a little creepy. As for Sarah, feminists up and down the country will have been pounding their fists into their cross-stitch, following a day spent floating decoratively around the office in their flattering twinsets after typing up the boss ‘ dictation.
Realise that your grandiose statements paint a picture of insanity
- I see myself as a mix between Gandhi and the Wolf of Wall Street.
- I believe I am right about everything.
- I regret not becoming a scientist so I could clone myself.
Honestly people, if an interviewee came out with this one, we ‘d be guffawing into our mid-afternoon soya mochas. I feel na√Øve have they been told what to say by a room full of comical teenage scriptwriters?
@thesensei is making me watch. I ‘m slurping another large mouthful of Earl Grey as I hide behind a protectively oversized mug. But, I ‘m also feeling somewhat Karren Bradyesque. The Apprentice is great for the ego of a hard-working micro-enterprise owner in this wee corner of Europe.
Thankfully the sea separates me from The Apprentice candidates. Otherwise, I ‘d appear mid-show, disguised as an English teacher and give them what for .
What makes you roar over your
wagon wheel apple and tea? Do tell.
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