'Brainy' Jordan impresses Apprentice interviewer
'Apprentice' candidate Jordan Poulton impressed interviewer Mike Soutar while he was being grilled on the show, so much so the tough-talking Scot joked he must have more than one brain
'Apprentice' interviewer Mike Soutar has joked candidate Jordan Poulton must have more than one brain.
The tough-talking Scot - who was behind hit free magazines ShortList and Stylist - was left impressed by the 26-year-old business analyst's intelligence after grilling him on the show to see if he has what it takes to handle the competition's prize, Lord Alan Sugar's £250,000 investment.
Mike exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "Jordan is very bright. Sometimes he starts to say two things at once, he's got so many brains.
"He's absolutely desperate to be an entrepreneur, it's really his image. It's where he sees himself.
"He prepared really well for the interviews. He had a very well written and very detailed business plan. He left nothing to chance in his preparation."
As well as Jordan, Mike also had positive comments to say about the other final five contestants - Francesca MacDuff-Varley, Leah Totton, Luisa Zissman and Neil Clough - and he was particularly pleased with doctor Leah's attention to detail.
He said: "She had the most extraordinary grasp of the detail of her business. She'd written a business plan but she had it all up in her head which was very impressive.
"So when she was quoting figures from it and projections from it she would get them right every single time."
While Mike was also full of praise for Luisa, he admitted she can be a "manipulator" and has been playing a "strange game" throughout the process.
He added: "She is really quick witted, quite a manipulator but very engaging in person and not as one-dimensional and self-obsessed as she comes across.
"She plays a really strange game. She's a bit flirtatious but underneath it I think there is a proper businesswoman in there."
The next episode of 'The Apprentice' airs tomorrow (10.07.13) at 9pm on BBC One.