“Be natural and be yourself,” advises a STIR source who has been involved in the screening of “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate wannabes from the start. He continues, “That’s how Kim Chui and Gerald Anderson were picked out as housemates. Personality is a plus. Di kailangan ang good looks basta interesting ka and marunong magsalita. ‘Yan ang personal criteria ko. Kasi gut feel talaga (ang selection) dyan. Mararamdaman mo ang litaw ang personality.”
He clarified that personal appearances with interviews during the screening process depends on the number of applicants, usually between three or four times. For quality control, it’s the same group or individuals who do the interviews for all of the screenings.