former candidate on BBC's The Apprentice,
Stuart Baggs, died from an asthma
attack earlier this year, there was an outpouring of condolence from across the
business and celebrity spectrum, with such figures as Luisa Zissman, Dara Ó Briain and our very own
Ricky Martin and Lord Alan Sugar here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions all
expressing their sympathies.
In the time
since Baggs' tragic passing, however, the world has also been able to reflect
on his very real achievements - and the many lessons that his life can teach
those attending interviews for science jobs.
Don't just be good - be memorable
we would always advise that you prepare well and show the highest level of
competence when called for interview by a science recruitment agency. However, part of Baggs'
greatness was in showing that it also sometimes helps to be a little bit
provocative and memorable.
quotes as "I'm Stuart Baggs 'The
Brand'", "Excuse me, Sir - you look like a sausage connoisseur"
(to Lord Sugar, no less) and "Everything I touch turns to sold" may
have prompted ridicule in certain quarters, but they also ensured that he was
remembered long after many rival candidates had been forgotten.
Have faith in yourself
that no observer could ever accuse Stuart Baggs of, was lacking faith in his
own ability. The aforementioned sayings weren't those of a ludicrous pretender
- there were those of a man who was driven enough to back them up with real
achievements, selling yo-yos to his school classmates and later launching his
own telecommunications firm before he was out of his teens.
At 21, he
became the youngest ever candidate on The Apprentice - not something that he would have
likely achieved without his famously unstoppable self-confidence.
Don't over-exaggerate your
elimination from the show in week 11 had much to do with accusations from Lord
Sugar that the Isle of Man resident had dressed up his credentials for his own
advantage, particularly in relation to a telecommunications license issued in
always contested that he had not lied on his CV - stating that even if he had,
wouldn't have been a problem" - when
you are at an interview for a science role, much as if you were trying to
placate dissatisfied customers for a company, it is the interviewer - the one
deciding whether to employ you - who is ultimately 'always right'.
certainly taught us much about business success and (occasional) failure, and
he is sure to be remembered fondly by many a future candidate for clinical,
biotechnology, pharmaceutical and other science jobs.