Zeshan Ali Khan , the 22-year-old MBA graduate who was allegedly denied job for being Muslim, has been flooded with job offers now – many directly offering him senior posts.
“Yesterday (Thursday) was surreal. While I was being interviewed by so many mediapersons, I was also receiving calls from representatives of well-known companies. They told me they watched me on television and appreciated my courage to speak up, and thus wanted to hire me,” he said.
Khan, 22, said a call from a well-known hospitality chain offered him a team lead position. “I would reach such a position not before 4-5 years of work. I was stumped,” he said. “A glance at my inbox showed me it had been inundated with similar offers,” he said. “I think most offers were made out of sympathy. I do not wish to begin my career on that note,” he added.
Meanwhile, Khan’s two friends - Mukundmani Pandey and Omkar Bansode - who were shortlisted by the company, have walked out of the recruitment process. Pandey and Bansode said they would not participate in the subsequent selection rounds.
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The Surat and Mumbai-based firm, they said, had been high on their wishlist, but they said they were willing to make a sacrifice for the sake of their friend.
The three friends appeared for the final exams of their MBA in International Business at Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil University on May 12. “On May 19, we all sent our resumes to the company,” said Mukund. “Dipika Tike, who the company later said was an intern who erroneously sent out the regret mail, coordinated for the company. She eventually took our first interview too,” he said.
While Pandey and Bansode received an interview call for the next day, Khan got the regret letter. “We were disheartened. But we decided to appear for the interview and then question them about their policy,” said Bansode. “But it so happened that we never got the chance.” After Khan’s social media post went viral, Tike was out of the firm in a day.
“We three friends never let religion be part of any discussion or issue throughout college. But just after stepping out, we had such a bitter experience,” said Bansode.