I thought Karen would have gone down the route of female empowerment, building them up. But no, she absolutely annihilated them which was hard to watch.
The whiplash was real when she appeared caring in the boardroom, what is the truth.gif.
In previous seasons (Season 4 I think), before Karren was an advisor, she was on the interview panel sometimes and definitely played the Claudine role. She definitely wanted to understand the person, what motivates them etc., Rather than grill them harshly.
I think the show is getting unnecessarily cruel and is no longer a credible business, or even entertaining, show.
I'm sure if a candidate presented a perfect business plan and already had a business, they would be relentlessly grilled on why they hadn't succeeded and probably be deemed "difficult to work with".
(Side note: Also if such a candidate/person had a perfect plan, then The Apprentice would be a terrible way to get an investment considering you could get the investment in a less risky and embarassing manner.)
If the business plan they scrutinize in the interview is the one that they used in their application, then it is completely unfair that they aren't allowed to amend it. I'm sure candidates learn a lot through the tasks and want to amend their initial projections etc. And if they don't amend their plans, then this is a red flag and they should be rightly grilled on it, but in a more constructive manner.
I would be intrigued to know if Alan/Karren/Claude/Linda/Mike knew how to write a (perfect) business plan when they were first starting out. My guess is no, and they have had to learn and be guided by someone more experienced. It's almost like they were an Apprentice ...