Women applying for jobs as air hostesses with Kuwait Airways have told how they were ordered to strip down to their bras and panties for the interview.
Some were left in tears at the process, carried out by a recruitment agency at the Melia Barajas hotel near Madrid´s Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport Airport.
Others even had their teeth inspected, as if the recruiters were examining a dog, reported Spanish media.
One applicant – named only as Mariana, 23 – said a woman from the interview panel took notes in a book as she looked her over in her underwear.
She said: “I felt like an animal in the zoo.”
Interviewers from airline recruitment agency Meccti immediately weeded out any women who were overweight, wore glasses, or had moles or visible scars.
One woman was reportedly told that they do not hire people with scars.
Another applicant, 23-year-old Bianca, told local media that the woman before her came out in tears after the interview process was complete.
When it was her turn, she was asked to lift up her dress, but her interviewers wanted to see more.
Eventually she was left wearing just her bra, skirt, and tights.
She said: “She asked me to open my mouth and looked inside as if I were a dog.
“She almost put her eye in my mouth to see my teeth. She then told me something like, ‘She’ll do.’ I felt super humiliated.”
She added that the event had left her feeling like an animal in the zoo.
Another woman – aged 19 and identified only by the name Maria – said that while some of the interviewees had been told they needed to lose weight and eat less, others had been told they needed to put on weight.
And Mariana added: “A girl who spoke seven languages was told she was disqualified for having a mini scar on her eyebrow and she was told they didn’t care about her seven languages.”
The degrading process lasted several hours, and neither Kuwait Airways or Meccti have commented on the allegations first published in Spanish media.
Meccti is a company with offices in Romania, Slovenia, and Tunisia and it appears to be based in Istanbul, Turkey.
Its website confirms there was a recruitment session in Madrid on the day in question.