Was denied job for not having good personality: Indian minister

Published: August 25, 2016
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One of the first jobs that Smriti Irani wanted was that of a cabin crew member in Jet Airways, but she said she was rejected for lack of a ‘good personality’. PHOTO: TOI

One of the first jobs that Smriti Irani wanted was that of a cabin crew member in Jet Airways, but she said she was rejected for lack of a ‘good personality’. PHOTO: TOI

In a surprising revelation, Indian Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said she was turned down by Jet Airways  for lacking a good personality.

“My application for a cabin crew position was rejected by Jet Airways, which felt I didn’t have a good personality,” the actor-turned politician said.

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Irani said she was grateful for the rejection as she landed a job at McDonald’s. “I don’t know if many people know that one of the first jobs that I wanted and lined up for was cabin crew [at Jet Airways]. I was rejected because I was told I don’t have a good personality. Thank God for your rejection. And the rest is history,” she said, expressing her delight.

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Speaking at an awards function organised by the Air Passengers Association of India (APAI), the textiles minister said she was joining the celebration as a passenger. Her comments came after she presented an award to a Jet Airways official.

This article originally appeared on Hindustan Times.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Dajjal
    Aug 25, 2016 - 1:04PM

    Well if having a good personality is a prerequisite for getting a job then, judging by the comments posted on Tribune, nobody in India should be employed….Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Aug 25, 2016 - 2:16PM

    She is an inspiration for women of Pakistan. Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Aug 25, 2016 - 3:12PM

    The problem in Pakistan and India is same. People who are rejected every where else can still manage to the Parliament.Recommend

  • Haramullah
    Aug 25, 2016 - 3:19PM

    @Pakistan Zindabad:

    Though I am not a fan of this lady, but this lady is no-nonsense kind of personality. She deserve to be in the parliament.

    More than that she earned that position with her capabilities.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Aug 25, 2016 - 3:23PM

    Parchi is also known as personality in India too?Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Aug 25, 2016 - 5:45PM

    @Dajjal:
    Yet they are not only employed, but even made CEOs of Google and Microsoft.Recommend

  • Whatacountry
    Aug 25, 2016 - 6:49PM

    They must be either blind or not wearing eye glasses of correct number.Recommend

  • Chauhan
    Aug 25, 2016 - 9:23PM

    @PrakashG you can and CEOs of PepsiCo, Adobe, MasterCard, city bank etc…and the list is really very long…if include European companies Recommend

  • Myrna Minkoff
    Aug 26, 2016 - 2:02AM

    Happens to everybody, quit whining and do your job!Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Aug 26, 2016 - 3:29AM

    @Pakistan Zindabad: lol! Hey this is a good comment best I have read here. Well done. Recommend

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