One surprise firing, one long-overdue firing.
James - "If he hadn't applied for this show, he'd have applied for Blind Date" - WHAT? They really thought he just wanted to be on tv? Has cunning editing hidden this trait from the viewers, because that wasn't the vibe I was getting at all! His interviews were smooth, maybe a bit too much surface and not enough depth, but it was the same likeable, genial James from the tasks - no flimflam management speak.
Paul - "I thought it was boring". Anyone who treats a formal interview process as if it's beneath them can't expect to make a good impression. I felt he seemed aggressive in a get-your-retaliation-in-first sort of way, as if he was constantly on the defensive. If it's true that no one who knows him finds him aggressive, I suspect maybe they're too scared to! His attitude in the boardroom with Sir Alan was typical of his task performances so far.
Tim - came over as the straight talking, sensible, calm person we'd seen through the various tests. I thought his interviews had the edge over James, with a deeper level of sincerity and personal insight - he really rang true. I thought his discussion with the interviewer about that process being a battle [wish I could remember the exact words] was exceptionally good - he changed what initially seemed like a bad slip of the tongue into a well-reasoned and honest response. I hope his mild mannered approach leading a team dooesn't backfire on him the way Kwame's did in the finale of the first USA series.
Saira - demonstrated a few worried/nervous body language giveaways during the interview process. She digs herself great big holes then doesn't always talk her way out of them as effectively as she could. I thought she would have been more successful in replying to the question about lying on her cv if she had been more honest - there was a good answer available but suffocated under bluster! [and somehow when she says "Sir Alan" it sounds as if she's sucking up - but I can't work out what it is about her delivery of the words that gives me that impression].
I can honestly say that though the whole series I have never got a clear idea of exactly what Sir Alan expects from his "appentice"...
Edited by Kikishua, Apr 27, 2005 @ 6:36 PM.