Marketing Professional Criticises HR Practices, Claims She Was Asked 'Height, Weight...'

n HR executive from a luxury hospitality chain had reached out to her about a potential role. However, during the recruitment process, she was asked to fill out a form that left her astonished. The form requested details such as her height, weight, bank statements, and a full-length photograph.
Representative image.

Representative image.

A marketing professional has criticised HR practices in India after being asked to disclose personal details, including her height, weight, and bank statements, during a recruitment process. Vaishnavi shared her experience with the Hindustan Times. An HR executive from a luxury hospitality chain had reached out to her about a potential role. However, during the recruitment process, she was asked to fill out a form that left her astonished. The form requested details such as her height, weight, bank statements, and a full-length photograph. Vaishnavi shared screenshots of the form on X, highlighting that her potential role was not customer-facing, making these requests seem "unbelievable."
“I can't even process this. An email from the HR in a BIG company, after they sought me out and had a call with me. Unbelievable. We ARE in 2024, right?” she wrote on X.
Vaishnavi called the request for such personal details a significant red flag. Many users on X supported her view. “How's height and weight relevant?? Who is writing these SOPs and how is it getting approved by ANY top management?” questioned a user named Krishna.
Another user, Melissa, added, “And you say big company? This is beyond shocking and besides the insensitivity, do they know there is something called data privacy? What are they doing with this data - calculating the average height and weight of their employees?”
Vaishnavi labelled the request for height and weight as blatant sexism and criticised other outdated HR practices, such as asking for payslips to determine a candidate’s last salary, which she believes is used to lowball them.
“HR practices in India are outdated and absurd as it is - asking for your current salary to lowball you, making you go through multiple rounds and then not communicating whether you got the job or not,” she told Hindustan Times. “But asking anyone for their height and weight and full body photo is beyond absurd. This is either blatant sexism or absolutely careless behaviour on part of an HR executive," she added.
Vaishnavi also questioned why an organisation would need to see her bank statement, know her appearance, or her weight for a role that requires her skills and knowledge rather than her looks.
“I see this as a huge red flag and wouldn't work with an organisation like this where such strange questions are asked,” she concluded.
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