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Under the Dome
Sep 21 2010, 02:21 PM by Marty Flanagan
While 16 candidates started the new season of The
Apprentice, it didn't take Trump long to find his first firee,
sending Nicole Chiu packing. Nicole had volunteered to
project manage the tough first challenge where the applicants were
tasked with designing a modern workspace, and ultimately her
inability to give direction proved to be her downfall. Here
Nicole chats about her time on the show and what the experience
meant to her.
ON WHY MAHSA WAS SO AGGRESSIVE
I think that that's how Mahsa reacts to a competitive situation and
she is an aggressive Type A personality. So I think she also felt
that she wanted to make an impression and be heard, which I think
she accomplished both of those things.ON WHAT POSITIVES SHE CAN TAKE AWAY FROM THE
I had an incredible experience. I think what I took away from the
experience was that it just reinforced my values and that the
reason I have no regrets, even though I was the one fired, is
because I played how I wanted to play.
You know, maybe I put myself on the chopping block. Actually for
sure I put myself on the chopping block for being - volunteering to
be the first Project Manager but that's who I am.
I'm the type of person that volunteers for leadership positions
because I am a leader. And I think that's the kind of move Donald
Trump would make where he would put himself in those
positions.ON WHO HAD THE BETTER FINAL PRODUCT
I think there was one factor on which to base that and that would
be the fact that if you have a liability and it's a dangerous
office condition, a rug that multiple people slipped on, I think
that therefore you are unsuccessful.
I mean, maybe the project was to design a modern workspace and not
a safe workspace but I think inherently in designing any workspace
it needs to be safe.ON POSSIBLE REGRETS AT LEAVING HER JOB TO APPEAR ON THE
I have no regrets because I feel that it would not have been in
integrity to stay at the firm while they saw me interview for a job
on national TV. And I wasn't able to disclose any of that to them
at the time, so I have no regrets that I left.
I'm positive that better things lie ahead of me as a result of
being on the show and hopefully you'll be able to see some of what
lies ahead for me if you stay tuned.ON HOW SHE WAS PORTRAYED IN THE BROADCAST
I think that the television broadcast really garnered the essence
of what happened. I feel that it was like the cliff notes
version. You know, they can't put in every argument we had and
every rebuttal that I provided during the boardroom, and
that's fine because I think that the producers and editors really
did get the gist and the essence of what happened.
Apprentice airs Thursdays at 9.00pm on Global.