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Medical interviews: no further questions

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 20 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5912
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

As a medical student I worked where I could. Working on building sites was good money, but as I knocked on the plywood door of every building site around Liverpool Street station I was turned away. In the 1980s you had to be Irish to work on a London building site. Demoralised, I walked up to Islington looking for bar work. This was terrible money, and irritatingly the staff were stoned much of the time. Eventually I did get work: “We like the look of you; can you start tonight?” Job interviews were simple affairs. Even after I qualified, some …

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