I made it. I got the interview. There were two of them. Both of them with PhD's in Physics and heading up a solid fuel research program at Stanford University. I had no idea why I had to interview with them. My job, if I got it, would be a minor lab position at the test facility. I had been to the facility and interviewed with the plant manager. He told me I would get the job but just had to interview with the two men heading up the project.
I was nervous as hell and blew the interview. I was so far out of my league it was a joke. They asked me stupid questions like, why won't an airplane fly on the moon? I was so nervous I couldn't have told them why they fly on earth.
I was really depressed. I wanted that job. It was within the field I was studying for in college. I wanted to be a chemical engineer. The job was for the summer and it would have helped my finances tremendously.
I moped about for the next few weeks working evenings at McDonald's and feeling sorry for myself.
The news was scary and grim. "Solid Fuel Test Plant explodes" killing 2 and injuring 5. That's the job I didn't get. Would I have been killed? Did the person that got the job screw up? I will never know. But one thing I do know, some times blowing an interview is the best thing you can do.