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This email has been floating around GroupStudy all day today. It hasn’t been verified by any Cisco employee so this could be all a hoax. Quite a few people seemed to be a little taken back by it. My thought process is what is the big deal? If you truly studied your rear off (which you need to) what is the big deal answering some verbal questions about the material? You should have it down anyhow right 🙂 ?

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. Â 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. Â 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.

Thank you.


6 Responses to “Interviews After the Lab Now?”

  1. Joe A on August 29th, 2008 2:09 am

    Fine by me…I mean c’mon seriously…We are all putting in so much blood sweat and tears for this…you are going to sit there and go through a grueling 8 hour hands on lab exam after countless hours of pain and money, and a 10 minute interview is supposed to scare us? hah…if you are attempting the CCIE lab God help you if you are not prepared for “expert level” topics in a 10 minute interview.

  2. Nickelby Thane on August 29th, 2008 8:53 am

    It only make sense to have the interviews for candidates who does not have problems with conversing in English. However after posting a similar post at ‘Cisco Network Engineer’ I realised something. China is known to have the fastest growing number of CCIEs and at the same time, the long time rumours of CCIE lab dumps are available rampantly in China. So … could Cisco be using this to detect the dump users as we all know that even if you memorize the lab dump questions and the exact questions come up on the actual lab, there is practically no way to dump ‘out of the blue’ interview questions?

  3. CCIE Journey on August 29th, 2008 12:32 pm

    I would have to think this is being driven by the test dumpers over if the email is true.

  4. Deon Botha on August 31st, 2008 3:19 pm

    I agree and disagree with the others who have commented.

    My thinking is something like this, If a candidate studied themselves to near death they know the content backwards, forwards and sideways.

    This from most accounts turns all pear shaped during exam day because it’s all on the line, nerves are shot, pressure is high, stress is red lining it and the previous night was probably not the best sleep they ever had rolling around thinking “if this was asked what then”.

    Now walking in to the venue after too little coffee, a bad night and feeling crap you have to face a panel of 3 “expects” and answer loaded “expert level questions” verbally in your non-native language no less.

    I’m thinking if you want to see someone that felt confident that they could just about eeeeek a pass lose confidence causing them to second/third/fourth guess everything they know you could do this and succeed with flying colours? This could also cause a candidate to lose focus causing them to quit mentally before even starting if this “verbal quiz” goes badly.

    Why not do this during the lunch break or after the lab, this way honest candidates have had some time to get rid of some of the edge, nerves and stress by actually doing what they studied for and feel less like death warmed up.

    That would make more sense to me.

    But hey I’m not a CCIE candidate yet and I already have to take 2 forms of picture ID, sing in, sign out, get video taped like a criminal have computer forensic software analyse my actions and soon I get my mug shot taken with every exam.

    This actually seems very plausible.

  5. ME on September 3rd, 2008 9:59 pm

    The questions are not that terribly complex…

    If you know what you are talking about, you will answer the quickly. They require only short answers, and they are not loaded.

    Any networking professional should be able to figure these out and answer in english with no problem, even if you are a bad english speaker.

  6. sarwab on June 8th, 2010 2:21 am

    hello Dear/madam i want to do ccie

    how i can do this where is good institute

    thanks sarwandalal

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