Being interviewed for a job can be very stressful and unpleasant even when the panel are at their most sympathetic. All too often one or more members of the panel abuse their position and make things deliberately unpleasant for the candidate, presumably just to flex their ego. I have heard one story of a candidate for a consultant position being interviewed. His CV showed him to have several vigorous and very physical sporting interests. One of the panel commented on this and then added, "have you ever thought of taking up something more cerebral?" He was apparently a little fat porker. What an arrogant little shit.
Still even at it's worst I don't suppose that anyone going for an NHS post has ever had to endure anything like this.