Biz Extra

Published: September 24, 2020 | Updated: September 26, 2020

The qualities I look for in a new employee? Not going to quit when the going gets tough

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Each week we shine the spotlight on a member of Dorset’s business community and ask him, or her, for answers to our part fun/part serious questionnaire. This time…

He gets angry at noisy eaters, chooses legendary steeplejack Fred Dibnah as his childhood hero, would like to share a car with Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos and wants to be remembered for fighting for tenants’ rights and affordable housing.

Tom Oswald, CEO & Founder of, takes the 20 Questions’ hotseat.

Question: What is your favourite TV show?

Answer: Mythbusters.

Q: Who would you like to share a car with?

A: Jeff Bezos.

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: Problem solving in every field of expertise imaginable.

Q: And the worst…?

A: Dealing with fraud.

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: Fred Dibnah.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: Liquorice.

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: Lyme Regis.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out on a career?

A:  Don’t let other people’s bad attitudes to you force you to quit. Keep persevering.

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A: Jean Michelle Jarre: ‘Oxygene’

Q: What gets you angry?

A: Noisy eaters.

Q: What is your dream car?

A: Lamborghini Murcielago.

Q: What are the qualities you look for in a new employee?

A: Not going to quit when the going gets tough.

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: Thai.

Q: Steamed sponge pudding and custard or a plate of melon?

A: Melon,

Q: Name the best thing about living/working in Dorset?

A: Peace,

Q: If you were Prime Minister for the day what would be the first thing you do?

A: Ban leveraged Buy To Let.

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A: Mis-allocation of debt

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: Switzerland.

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

A: Head of a multi-billion dollar business.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: Fighting for tenants’ rights and affordable housing.