The Apprentice: Interview to a Kill – S16, ep 11

Warning: spoilers forward

It’s interviews week and the candidates’ enterprise plans are about to undergo a four-stage shredding course of: specifically Mike, Claudine, Linda and Claude.

Cue the montage of the Closing 4 going over their enterprise plans. Brittany reads by way of the plan for her excessive protein alcoholic drink enterprise concept. “I’ve by no means written a marketing strategy in my life.” Oh no.

At 6am the subsequent day, Brittany run into one of many bedrooms and leaps on Kathryn, excited concerning the day forward. However the advisors’ job is to tear by way of all the shortcomings and inconsistencies of the enterprise plans, and I’m undecided if she’s anticipating any potholes.

Lord Sugar appears chipper as he greets the candidates: “In case you’ve acquired any skeletons, this lot will discover them. Oh, only one thing more. Claude is again” he rounds off with a large grin.

Right here’s how every of the Closing 4 acquired on through the interviews course of.


“Are you able to inform me what design expertise you might have?” Linda begins. Regardless of saying so in her marketing strategy, it’s revealed Kathryn didn’t design the pyjama prints. Simply then, Linda pulls out an similar set she’d discovered from one other retailer.

In her second interview, Kathryn is uncomfortably smiley, her ivories a defend towards the battalion. Claudine challenges her on the ethics and the sustainability of importing manufactured garments from China, 1000’s of miles away. “I can’t reply that,” Kathryn admits.  

Her enterprise sells matching pyjamas for the entire household, together with the canine. The corporate may have designs for summer season and winter collections. “That’s a hell of loads of inventory,” scoffs Claude, who has considerations concerning the prices. “Extra designs, extra complications.” He says her revenue and loss forecast is unimaginable: “That is the rantings of a lunatic.”

Mike discovers that Kathryn hasn’t purchased the area title for her on-line pyjama store, In reality, another person has purchased it: him. He’s additionally purchased the .com, .internet and .uk variations to eradicate any probability of competitors. “You’re on the lookout for a £250,000 funding in a web site you don’t personal,” he says. Although he does present her the online addresses.

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Mike pushes Brittany to disclose that she’s solely ever made her alcoholic protein drink at house. Thankfully, he’s had somebody make up a batch based mostly on the formulation within the marketing strategy. He pours a glass for himself and Brittany, insisting she goes first. “Do you just like the style?” he asks the nervous candidate. “I just like the style,” she replies, missing some certainty. “I believe it’s chalky and fairly bitter” Mike says. “To have excessive protein, some folks might not thoughts that the style isn’t dangerous sufficient to not buy,” she makes an attempt.  

Mike presents Brittany with one among his enterprise plans and compares it to hers. “Can you notice the distinction in enterprise plans?” he challenges. “I can spot it right away,” she replies, dejected. She begins getting teary. Mike reassures her that she’s completed rather well within the course of and palms her a tissue.

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Linda factors out that Brittany has no expertise in dietary supplements or alcohol. “I purchase garments, nevertheless it doesn’t make me a dressmaker,” she says. She additionally unveils {that a} product like hers was already round within the US and was created in 2008. “I haven’t heard of it ‘cos it ain’t a success” she says.

Claude is “mystified” by Brittany’s marketing strategy. It doesn’t embody key parts equivalent to a revenue and loss forecast. The drink manufacturing prices aren’t in it, both. “Until it’s made in your tub, somebody’s going to must manufacture it,” he says. It will get worse: “This isn’t a marketing strategy – interview terminated.” Ouch.


You don’t come throughout as somebody I’d need to work with,” says Claudine, who’s evidently the gentlest of the advisors. She factors out off-putting statements in Harpreet’s marketing strategy, with sizzling takes equivalent to “No feelings earlier than 7pm”.

Claude pulls her up on the truth that she co-owns the dessert parlour together with her sister, which the viewers haven’t been conscious of up till this level. “It’s a lie,” Claude protests. “[Lord Sugar] has met you, he hasn’t met your sister. Considered one of you is superfluous.”

“Why has your progress been so pedestrian?” asks Mike. Her plan is to open yet another retailer per 12 months. “You’re making it up as you go alongside,” he says, getting more and more impatient.

Linda challenges her on what her distinctive promoting level (USP) is. “Have you ever acquired a USP?” “The USP is me!” she chimes again. It’s changing into more and more clear that prospects wish to know a enterprise proprietor’s story, nevertheless it’s not a USP. Discover out in case your USP stacks up at Three assessments to measure the power of your USP.


The sting Stephanie’s second-hand clothes model has over eBay is authentication, so Mike assessments her with a designer youngsters’s t-shirt. She says that it’s a faux and she or he will get it fallacious. She admits the authentication could be outsourced however Mike seems to be into the corporate she needs to work with and discovers it solely authenticates purses and footwear.

Linda reveals to the viewers that though Stephanie’s enterprise is new, she’s solely offered 50 clothes. Coupled with no vogue expertise, it’s fairly a fear. Linda insists luxurious second-hand youngsters’s clothes is an unique small market, however Stephanie disagrees, saying it has a broader enchantment. “Considering, hoping – it’s a pipe dream with no substance,” Linda says.

There’s a touching scene between Claudine and Stephanie, with the advisor telling her how far more personable she is when she lets her guard down. Stephanie displays that she maybe might have let her guard down extra all through the collection.

Claude opens with a considerably extra sobering assertion: “Stephanie, you’re going to have an uncomfortable time with me.” With £160,000 in advertising, web site enhancement and authentication prices, he’s involved that she’ll blow Lord Sugar’s funding earlier than she’s even made a sale. “It’s not conservative, considerate or cautious” he says.

“I’ll by no means concern an interview ever once more,” sighs Stephanie on the finish of a troublesome day.

Advisory boardroom

The advisors come to the boardroom to satisfy with Lord Sugar, Tim and Karren to debate the interview highlights. The Best Hits embody Brittany’s ‘glorified brochure’, Kathryn’s formidable revenue forecast, Harpreet’s co-owner revelation and Stephanie’s start-up costing.

The penultimate

As within the interviews, the candidates are addressed one after the other.

Kathryn: Lord Sugar says she’s going to lose his complete funding in two years. “China is off the agenda”, he declares, as she received’t have the ability to react shortly to fluctuating inventory.

Stephanie: He questions who she’s utilizing for authentication and disagrees that you could analyse clothes by way of photographs. He additionally feedback on her loopy gross sales projections.

Harpreet: She needs to scale up past the cafe and kiosk she has in the mean time, assuring Lord Sugar that her sister could be ready to step down from the enterprise (whether or not the sister is aware of that is one other matter).

Brittany: Lord Sugar advises Brittany to begin the place she has some expertise. He factors out as soon as once more that there’s no pricing for manufacturing in her marketing strategy.

Lord Sugar tells Brittany that she nonetheless backs her personal concepts, even after they’re dangerous. “Good luck, rethink this” he reassures her as she leaves the boardroom.

Stephanie underestimated the complexity of her chosen enterprise, in response to Lord Sugar. There’ a second of trickery when he asks if Harpreet’s dessert enterprise will likely be Sugar-free or not. However he turns to Stephanie and fires her. Tricksy.

So, it’s Harpreet and Kathryn within the closing two.

Watch the whole episode on BBC iPlayer.

Subsequent week: Closing

Kathryn and Harpreet may have three days to launch an organization. They have to create the branding, a digital billboard and TV advert and pitch it to Sugar himself. The fired candidates from this collection will after all be available to assist out the finalists. Be part of us as we discover the winner of The Apprentice 2022.

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