A very amusing article about Air India's cabin crew selection process...
Look good? No questions asked
New Delhi, February 16
Some came out with flying colours. Others were grounded. But both those who'd made it and those who didn't were somewhat baffled by the result.
Air-India's cabin crew recruitment drive kicked off in Delhi on Monday morning. And hundreds of young men and women lined up outside the National Stadium to appear for what was almost certainly the shortest interviews of their lives: it was usually over by the time aspirants introduced themselves.
The fate of a candidate's hopes of a career in the clouds was decided primarily on the nebulous parameter of whether he or she had a "pleasing personality". It took the interview panel about 90 seconds to ascertain this.
"I guess they liked me that's why they selected me", said a beaming Rainretta Hilori of Meerut.
There were certain prerequisites, however. Candidates needed to be presentable graduates (or hotel management graduates) who stood at least 5'2. But the basic nature of the qualifications presented A-I with a problem of scale. 1,800 applicants would have to be interviewed in a single day. Even divided into batches of 300, this left the interviewers very little time for each candidate.
But the brief from A-I is clear. "At this stage we are looking for a particular kind of personality with a definite focus on appearance," Meenakshi Dua, assistant general manager, personnel A-I, told HT.
One candidate said it wasn't just about looks. Manjula Akka said she'd charmed her interviewers with the first two verses of Lagi tumse man ki lagan. But naïve rejects sulked that their "inner beauty" wasn't recognised. Well there's always hope: Miss World 2004 is coming up.
A-I’s hostess hunt
Interviews till 21 Feb
Need to be 5'2; graduates
20-30% will make it to Round 2 — written test
400 will be selected by mid-March