The Bachelor is back on TV and already the rumours are flying as to who will win. According to the bookies, Irena Srbinovska and Bella Varelis are the clear frontrunners in the race for bachelor Locky Gilbert’s heart.
But according to others, the way the contestants are filmed meeting The Bachelor is also a dead giveaway for who will win.
However, the employment experts at SEEK have a different way of picking the winner.
“SEEK has analysed the previous jobs of the final three contestants from all seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, and has identified the top five skills and attributes that the last ones standing had in common,” the researchers said.
So what are the skills the lucky ladies and men have in their toolset?
Time management: The first few episodes of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are always a frenetic blur of sequins, champagne and gimmicks. As such, the winner needs to use their 15 minutes to make a connection.
SEEK said time management is critical in this, pointing to former winner and venue manager Alex Nation. Just over half (55 per cent) of winners shared this skill.
Problem solving: One man, 23 women. That’s not an easy problem to solve and mathematically - near impossible.
But if you have initiative and a knack for finding solutions, you could be a winner. SEEK said this skill was apparent in bank manager Taite Radley along with 47 per cent of other final three contestants.
Communication: Sharing your deepest, gooiest emotions can be difficult at the best of times. On national television is another matter altogether, which is why the ability to have serious conversations is important. SEEK said construction manager Sasha Mielczarek had this skill in spades.
In fact, 64 per cent of former winners were communication experts.
Negotiation: “I’m not on The Bachelor to make friends,” is practically the unofficial logo of the dramatic reality TV show. But when it comes to winning The Bachelor’s heart and making it out of the mansion with your reputation intact, you’ll want to be diplomatic which is why good negotiation skills could see you across the finish line. Criminal lawyer Anna Heinrich is a good example of this.
More than half (55 per cent) of winners were great negotiators.
Interpersonal sensitivity: Some of us need emotions spelled out while others are adept at reading nonverbal cues. Sales experts are often experts at picking up on the emotions of others, like scientific sales representative Snezana Markoski.
Multitasking - like flirting while playing some bizarre made-up game - was also a valuable skill and 28 per cent of former final contestants were self-motivated.
Stakeholder management was also apparent in one-fifth of the final winners and that’s understandable. True love will find a way, but only if the contestant knows how to provide entertaining commentary and real emotions for the producers.
Where does that leave us?
Based on its analysis, SEEK named its three top picks.
Bella Varelis: Marketing consultant
Negotiation, communication, flexibility, organisation, time management, problem solving and interpersonal sensitivity are required in this role.
Bel Colwell: Media buyer
Research skills, strategic thinking, negotiation, communication,, time management, problem solving and interpersonal sensitivity are required in this role.
Leilani Vakaahi: Partnerships manager
To carry out this role, Leilani needs resilience, thoroughness, pro-activity autonomy, a results-oriented approach and the classic negotiation, problem solving and communication.