Here I am, straight out of university, being interviewed by all these senior engineers.
I'm cool, more or less. It all goes well (I think) until they offer me a cup of tea. Which I hardly ever drink but one doesn't say no. So the secretary brings in the teapot, sugar bowl, milk jug, cups and saucers. When I pour my own cup and add the milk, all goes well, until I take some sugar from the bowl - and my hand is shaking so much that I leave a neat trail of sugar all the way across the Chief Scientist's desk.
Oops. But I got the job anyway.
I had sent in a CV describing my degree and my hobbies and so on. What had grabbed their attention was that I spent much of my spare time listening to short-wave radio - the BBC, Voice of America, and so on. That turned out to be just what they were interested in, because they'd been promised a short-wave monitoring contract by Radio Australia. They showed me a report they'd written - which said on one page that there was really unusual radio propagation because ABC Brisbane on 9660 kHz was really strong when they checked it at 6:28pm but had completely disappeared when they checked it again later. Oh, I said, that would be because the transimitter is switched off at 6:30pm to switch from its daytime frequency to its night-time frequency.
So amid the resulting embarrassment from all the senior engineers who hadn't thought of actually checking the schedule, they decided that they needed to hire someone like me who had enough understanding of what to look for. Particularly because Radio Australia had told them that the contract was so urgent, and so guaranteed to go ahead, that they wouldn't have time to hire anyone new when they got the contract.
So I was in that same job (apart from many internal transfers and company takeovers along the way) for close to 40 years, and we're still waiting for that Radio Australia contract. Must be a lesson to be learned there somewhere, but I'm not complaining (although the accountants probably did), I got the job.