Recruitment Manager enters The Apprentice

Not for the first time a recruitment professional is sitting on the other side of the work-seeking process and undertaking “the world’s toughest job interview” with Lord Alan Sugar.

Natalie Panayi, a 30 year old Recruitment Manager from Rickmansworth can be seen alongside fifteen other candidates in the first episode of BBC1’s The Apprentice TV show tonight (Tuesday 7 May.)

“When it comes to business, I am the complete package and when it comes to sales, I’m the best” says Panayi, with the typical lack of modesty contestants in the long-running reality TV series are famous for.

In April, Lord Sugar won a high profile constructive dismissal case brought by former Apprentice winner Stella English who complained that her £100,000 a year job at his company, Viglen, was a ‘sham’ and that she was an “overpaid lackey.”

This year, rather than an actual job in Sugar’s IT empire, the candidates are competing for a £250,000 sponsorship fund and the chance to work with the successful entrepreneur on their own business idea.

Historically, recruiters have done well in the programme, perhaps it is that mix of confidence, people skills and sales talent which Sir Alan admires. Last year, professional wrestler-turned recruitment manager, Ricky “Witness the Fitness” Martin won the series and he has also come a close second in a Radio Times online poll of viewers favourite contestants.

We wish Natalie the best of luck in the competition.

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The Apprentice starts tonight at 9pm on BBC1.