We don’t really hire tanned girls: SpiceJet job aspirant recounts shocking interview in Mumbai
Her tan was probably the last thing that this 20-year-old Mass Media graduate from Mumbai expected to hear as a reason for her rejection at a SpiceJet walk-in interview.
At just 20 years of age, a young woman with bright hopes and dreams entered a walk-in interview at The Lalit in Mumbai’s Andheri. She had always wanted to become a member of the cabin crew, an air hostess. Little did she know that the first thing her interviewer saw in her was her tanned skin!
Prominent Indian airline SpiceJet recently conducted a walk-in interview for candidates aspiring to be air hostesses. Like many others, a young mass media graduate (name withheld) went for the interview to pursue her dreams. It was her first job interview for an aviation company.
“The interviewer first started asking my bio, who I was, what I do and so on. The first thing she says after my introduction is, ‘We don’t really hire tanned girls’. I was stunned. I wanted to say, ‘Ok, I don’t really know what to say’. I almost pardoned her,” she recounted to Asiaville.
The young graduate further said that surprisingly, after this statement, the interviewer actually went on to ask sensible questions and even gave her career advice.
“When I walked out, I knew it was not my fault. But still, I was upset. I can’t do anything about it. It is natural. Why did I even get such a comment? It wasn’t even like SpiceJet doesn’t have any dark-skinned women as cabin crew,” cried the woman.
Later, she narrated the ordeal to a friend, who shared the story on Twitter. The tweet soon garnered attention on social media.
My friend went for a @flyspicejet walk in interview for the cabin crew, and what happened with her was just APPALLING.— Priyanka. (@psahani15) May 11, 2019
A former cabin crew member of Air India even asked the young graduate to apply for a job at Air India assuring that they don’t discriminate and offered words of support.
Hi ,tell your friend to apply for @airindiain , we definitely do NOT DISCRIMINATE, to talk of a certain type of skin colour as eligibility is nonsense.All types of skin tones are beautiful.Your friend stands a good chance in my airline.— Swapnila Mehta (@swapnilab) May 11, 2019
A formal complaint was later filed by the young graduate via email.
Yes, my friend has written to them about this incident via email, with every detail she could give. We are waiting for a reply.— Priyanka. (@psahani15) May 11, 2019
“Ultimately, SpiceJet is a private company and can hire whoever they wish to. But, colour should never be a criterion. What happened to me is sad and upsetting, and even could be considered unlucky. But, I want to share my story so that more people become aware of the reality and stand up against such bias,” she said.