In this entrepreneur interview, Lee McQueen gives advice on entering and winning The Apprentice, explains what life's really like during the job interview from hell, and talks about why he left Lord Sugar and Simon Sugar's company Amscreen to set up Raw Talent Academy, which provides sales training for businesses. Lee McQueen gives advice on selling and what personality traits lead to sales success, and talks about why employers should look beyond CVs when trying to find a hardworking candidate with real potential.
Lee McQueen became something of a name in 2008 when he beat 20,000 contestants to win The Apprentice. Upon joining Lord Sugar, he helped set up Amscreen with Simon Sugar, Alan's son. He helped build Amscreen to become a market leader in digital signage.
After two years as development director at Amscreen Lee McQueen left Lord Sugar to set up Raw Talent Academy, an internal sales training company that encourages employers to look beyond just graduates when they recruit, and helping them build internal sales acamademies to improve and nurture the skills of existing staff.
Prior to The Apprentice, Lee McQueen had a solid background in sales and recruitment. He worked for Capita for six years before entering the competition, leaving as a sales and development manager in charge of a team of 30 turning over £32m.
He left school with only B-Tech in IT in terms of educational qualifications but prides himself on having built success from there through determination, hard work and confidence - all the traits he encourages employers to look for through his work at Raw Talent Acdemy.
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