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Interesting points, gathondu. Maybe part of the puzzle in programmes like this, is that they deliberately choose some loopy and irritating candidates so as to stir up some drama during the shows --- if they were all just brilliant and perfectly behaved, it might be less interesting ! Funny thing, too, Mark Burnett who produces the show, says they interviewed 50,000 applicants. Trump says 250,000 which would be impossible to manage.
Sam sounds fishy to me, and I suspect he got booted from his last real job or two ( the info they provide us with isn't clear about why many of these guys actually left the jobs they were in and had the time to take part --- though watch my space, as I've got a load of extra material on all of them, to be added to my atricles on The Apprentice soon ). I get a feeling that the Newsletter company Sam says he runs, was set up with Mom and Dad's money, because nobody else would hire little Sammy !
As you say, those sort of guys can interview brilliantly, IF you ask only the routine questions, for which they've prepared marvellous answers. I find it helps to (a) ask unusual, even outrageous questions, and see what they can do with them, and (b) look for areas in the CV where they seem to be evasive or cloudy, or where something they say in the interview doesn't match what they said in the CV.
If you're really sneaky, sometimes it can be very productive to watch and listen to them in the waiting room, even if you sit among them as if you're the last candidate on the interview list. You can learn a lot !
Sometimes if you ask the right question, they answer directly and without thinking. I never forget when I worked in Canada, I was interviewing candidates for medical School, and they were fascinating people who'd done all sorts of things before this. One said he'd been working for a construction company, doing testing on the materials they used, like cement, to check that these met safety standards.
Thinking I'd check his ethical ideas, I said :" Just an imaginary question, but what would you have done if they had asked you to fake the results --- to misrepresent substandard and dangerous material as actually safe and OK ?"
Cheerfully, he said; "Right ! Actually, that's exactly what they DID do !" "And what did you do ? " "Exactly what they asked --- I gave them what they wanted, and got a great bonus that year !". And he didn't seem bothered about it.
I had only one last question : "And was your compnay involved in any way in the construction of this building we're sitting in ?" Fortunately, the answer to that one was "No". Oh, and I refused to have him admitted to medical school.
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