Claude Littner will return to The Apprentice interviews – alongside a brand new face

Lord Sugar’s aide is doubling up this year alongside newcomer Linda Plant, Mike Soutar and Claudine Collins

If this year’s Apprentice candidates thought they were safe from the horror of a Claude Littner interview (due to him being promoted to Lord Sugar’s aide), they’d better think again – because the bulldog of the boardroom is returning to tear apart their CVs and business plans this year.

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Taking place in the penultimate episode of the series on the 16th December this year, the “job interview” task traditionally sees the candidates discuss their business plans (designed to secure Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment) in a series of one-on-one grillings, with Littner serving as the toughest in a panel of Lord Sugar’s business associates and colleagues. 

Over the years Littner has torn apart lies on CVs, dismissed hare-brained business ideas and even thrown candidates out of his office (in the case of last year’s contestant Solomon Akhtar) – and despite following in the footsteps of Karren Brady to become one of Lord Sugar’s aides, Littner says he’s been looking forward to getting tough with this year’s crop.

‘’I have come to know exactly what Lord Sugar needs and expects from his business partners through years of working with him, and he knows I will be honest in my evaluations,” Littner said.

“While I have had a more extensive role this year as Lord Sugar’s aide, I am still very much looking forward to interviewing the final five candidates and reviewing their business plans thoroughly, as always.”

And of course Claude isn’t the only interviewer this year, with series regulars Mike Soutar (CEO of Shortlist Media) and Claudine Collins (Managing Director of Mediacom) returning to put the candidates through their paces, as well as a brand new interviewer – interior design company owner Linda Plant.

“Lord Sugar and I go back well over 20 years, so I’m really thrilled to be joining the interview panel for The Apprentice, and I certainly understand what he wants from his future business partner,” Plant said.

“I look forward to meeting the candidates, but be assured – I won’t be letting them off easily.” 

Sounds like the remaining candidates should get to work on polishing their plans…

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The Apprentice continues next Wednesday at 9.00pm