Hi! I'm Lis Hubert, Independent Information Architecture and User Experience Consultant based in New York City, and someone who fell into the UX profession.
I took the interview anyway (Hey, I needed a job afterall), and after about 5 minutes or less of chatting, the hiring manager said to me "You can't do this job... can you?". "No, I can't." I replied. "Have you ever heard of something called Information Architecture?" he asked. "Nope, never heard of it." I answered. "Well," he continued, "I think you'd be great at it. Plus, we have an opening for that as well, and it pays $10,000 more than this job". "I'm in", was all I could say. After a few more team interviews, I found myself working as an Information Architect. After about a week of orientation for the company, and another week working with my team, I finally realized I was no longer in the engineering department. Instead, I found myself in the design department.
From that day forward, I never looked back! I dove into learning all I could about IA, which became UX, and all the stuff that came along with it. Before I left the company to move back to the Northeast I pulled the man who hired me aside, and said to him "Thank you for seeing this ability in me. I owe you my career.", and you know what? I still believe that I do.