This is what it's like to apply for a job in a Trump White House

If you're being interviewed for a cabinet position with Donald Trump, you might be expecting a scene from the Apprentice.

But according to the New York Times, an interview with the President-elect is less of a theatrical grilling and actually pretty conversational.

Former governor of Georgia Sonny Perdue told the Times his meeting with Mr. Trump for the role of Secretary of Agriculture took place inside Trump's famously cluttered corner office in Trump Tower, saying "He was approaching this from a deal standpoint."

And as Newt Gingrich puts it,"He wants to know what you can do for him."

Trump is said to be direct in his questioning, cutting people off who meander in their answering. He refrains from taking notes, is well versed in the person he's interviewing, and wears his jacket during the interview.

Those interviewed have described walking through the Trump Tower lobby to walking down a red carpet, with the waiting room akin to a green room of who's who.

Trump's involvement in his selection process for his cabinet runs in stark contrast with that of his predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush. Both presidents rarely spoke to more than one finalist for each cabinet post, with Obama careful to avoid leaks to the press.

Above all, Trump prizes loyalty, asking job seekers what they did to help propel him to the presidency, while also showing a receptiveness to how to best serve the country.

RELATED: Trump's official picks for cabinet and administration positions

Trump's official picks for Cabinet and administration positions
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Trump's official picks for Cabinet and administration positions

Counselor to the President: Kellyanne Conway

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Veterans Affairs Secretary: David Shulkin

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Transportation secretary: Elaine Chao

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Energy secretary: Rick Perry

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Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson

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Secretary of Defense: Retired Marine General James Mattis

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Chief of staff: Reince Priebus

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Chief strategist: Steve Bannon


Attorney General: Senator Jeff Sessions

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Director of the CIA: Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo

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Deputy national security adviser: K.T. McFarland

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White House counsel: Donald McGahn

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Ambassador to the United Nations: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

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Education secretary: Betsy DeVos

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Commerce secretary: Wilbur Ross

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Homeland security secretary: General John Kelly

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Housing and urban development secretary: Ben Carson

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Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

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Health and human services secretary: Tom Price

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Department of Homeland Security: Retired General John Kelly

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Secretary of agriculture: Sonny Perdue

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