Thursday, July 13, 2006

Apprentice farce update

Oh joy! Look what just arrived in my inbox...

Dear Michael Freedman,
Further to your application to take part in The Apprentice Series 3, we are delighted to invite you to interview on Saturday 22nd July 2006.

The interviews will take place at:

Novotel West London
1 Shortlands (Hammersmith)
London W6 8DR

Your interview time is 16:20

Please arrive on time but no more than 20 minutes early for your interview.

Due to the volume of applicants and the nature of the day, your interview may be short, but you should allow two hours, perhaps longer should there be any over-run.

You will need to bring: 2 forms of identification (passport/driving licence/utility bill/etc - photocopies not accepted) and a recent colour passport photograph of yourself.

Please note that if successful at this stage, you will be asked back to a second interview which will take place in London during the week beginning 31st July. If selected for The Apprentice, you will be required to live in London at a location provided by us for a period of up to 8 weeks beginning Saturday 23rd September. You will also be required for filming on pre-arranged dates before September 23rd.

During this time, access to family and friends will be limited to one phone call per week and you will not be able to pursue any personal business activity, without exception.

Please note that in order to be considered for The Apprentice you must currently be legally entitled to work within the UK.

If it is necessary for you to fly to the UK from abroad in order to attend your interview please contact us on the email address below and we will do a preliminary telephone interview with you. This does not include Northern Ireland.

This email also confirms that you understand that you may be filmed during the interview process and hereby consent to any such audio-visual recordings being made of you. Furthermore, you permit FremantleMedia Limited to exploit any recodings made in all media world wide in perpetuity. You may also be asked to sign a release form on the day of the interview.

If you have any urgent queries please contact Due to the large volume of applicants, we can only deal with urgent enquiries.

We look forward to meeting with you.


The Apprentice Team

I noticed that filming will start on first day Rosh Hashanah, hence presenting a clash with my busy schedule from the very beginning. Whilst the right thing to do would be to email back and respectfully decline to attend on this basis, I think it would be much more fun to go to the interview, blag it as far as I can employing the same amoral tricks as some of the candidates in the last series, and report back to my avid readers. Any loans of secret recorders or spy cameras for this attempt would be gratefully accepted.

Of course, if I somehow make it all the way onto the programme, I'll simply tell the producers my religious commitments preclude me from joining until 25th September (and that I'll need a day off on 2nd October too), and they can either explain why a public service broadcaster like the BBC is effectively discriminating against applicants for its programmes, or let me arrive late. If my lawyers let me near the damn place at all - they think it might not be the kind of profile I should be trying to get just yet...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

any news about the interview?