I have only seen two episodes of this seasons The Apprentice. The first one and the last one. I am in no position therefore to comment on the qualities of the participants, (although I do take issue as to whether we really are seeing 16 of Britain’s best business brains). Nonetheless congratulations to the winner Stella English, she has on the strength of her biography triumphed over much adversity in her life, all credit her.
Call me old-fashioned but what really got me fired up last night was the apparent lack of a razor in The Apprentice house. All that luxury, no expense spared to give the participants a taste of the high life and yet not so much as a Gillette disposable to be found anywhere.
If you are going along for a job interview, regardless of whether that interview is for a job paying a 6 figure salary or not, have a shave. Just simply putting on a tie is not enough. Get a haircut, have a shave, polish your shoes, look the part. You only get one opportunity to make a good first impression. Never is this statement more true than in a job interview.
I was struck by the differences in appearance between the male and female participants. The women were (in my humble opinion!) immaculate. Smart, polished, ready for business. They looked serious contenders for a job.
If you have made your millions (or billions), if you are the person making the decision, you have earned the right to appear exactly as you would wish to. Your impression is already made, your brand already established.
Get through the door and deliver consistently great outcomes. Make yourself indispensable, then by all means grow a beard. Sir Alan sports a beard and is always immaculately turned out. I am not talking about beards. I am talking about 3 or 4 days of stubble. Not one of these male candidates had earned the right or made themselves indispensable. Get a razor boys, have a shave, make a great first impression. It counts.