I inhaled as her fingers probed down my spine feeling the ridges through my shirt.

She carried on, ‘You have a deep injury lower on your back,’ she caught her breath sharply as she reached the lower end.

She now faced me, her hands on my shoulder, ‘You broke your back a long time ago. You’re very lucky. It should have paralysed you.’

I was startled. Yes, I had broken my back, some thirty or so years earlier, but I’d certainly never told anyone in this company. Letting personnel know at a job interview that you’ve had a broken back in the past can do strange things for your future employment prospects.

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