How did Mark and Bianca stand out at The Apprentice auditions? Some bold self-promotion…

The two 2014 finalists tell us how they ensured they stood out at the beginning of Lord Sugar’s nail-biting process

Forget the ten weeks of tasks and boardroom grillings from Lord Sugar, it’s a tough process just to become a candidate on The Apprentice. There are plenty of people looking for a £250,000 business investment from the famous backer, so finalists Mark Wright and Bianca Miller had to use their imaginations to get noticed.

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And the chance to hang out with aide Nick Hewer in his cool dude shades, of course.

So, the duo put their thinking caps on – and instead of sticking flashing lights to the front of their jackets, slinging on a hot dog outfit, singing The Wheels on the Bus or posting anyone a cheesecake, they both opted for a similar approach. 

For Bianca, it was all about visual aids:

“On audition day I turned up with the pack of information you’re required to bring with you, and the front cover was a picture of me that said ‘Winner of The Apprentice 2014’.

“Maybe a little full of myself,” she laughs.

As long as she hadn’t considered a self-assembly, paper version of herself, eh?

As for Mark, it was about being direct:

“Mark turned up and said ‘Hi, I’m the winner,’” Bianca laughs. “So similarly we both went into this to win.”

It’s hardly surprising from a man who once said… 

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