CCIE Lab Interviews?
    28 August 08

    CCIE Lab Interviews?

    Posted byINE

    I ran across this email on a mailing list today in regards to Cisco interviewing candidates before allowing them to take the exam.  It's unconfirmed as to it's authenticity but there have been stories of problems with certain CCIE lab locations (e.g. someone taking the lab for 4 or 5 other people, someone else with a very good memory but no Cisco networking skills taking the exam to just brain dump it, etc).

    Dear Candidate:

    On August 27, Cisco will introduce a pilot for the CCIE Routing and
    Switching lab exam in Beijing, China. The pilot will add a 10-minute
    interview that will assess the candidate's ability to apply expert-level
    networking skills and knowledge to networking problems that are encountered
    on the job. After the lab orientation, a panel of three experts will conduct
    a verbal interview with each candidate, asking a series of expert-level
    networking questions (questions and answers will be in English). The ability
    to correctly answer these questions will affect the exam score. After
    completing the interview, the candidate will have the entire 8 hours to
    complete the lab portion of the exam. These scores will then be
    calculated and then combined for a total score which will decide a pass
    or a fail.

    Our goal with this email is to let you know that your day will extend beyond
    the normal testing day by approximately one hour. The additional hour will
    be at the end of the day. We hope you find this interview process
    enlightening and helpful as we continue to strive for the standard the world
    has come to expect from CCIE.

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