1. Background Checks are the norm - Credit, job history, references (from HR and Re-Hire/Do Not Re-Hire), etc.
2. Security Clearances are pretty normal - I've had one for each job so far.
3. Personality Profiles - Yep - They want to know what you think and how you think and then they might filter you on this one - despite that CCIE or other certification.
4. Medical Testing - Yes, I've been tested for various things over the past few years and "it's in the blood". This means your own blood can be used to discriminate against you... not your fault, but nevertheless, the job might not be yours in this case... even with a CCIE.
5. Criminal History or anything to do with children... Got news for you - it's mostly Zero-Tolerance at a lot of places that might be fully capable of hiring network engineers.
6. Nationality - Some nations only hire "nationals" and in the USA, an it might be easier to buy a lotto ticket before one gets an H1-B Visa or the like...
Good luck! Most companies just don't/won't even bother or simply cannot deal with the process.
7. Some H1-B's working for a some companies (one in particular in the CCIE world) are well known for what might be at best called "indentured servitude" or at worst... damned near "comparative slavery"...
Must be nice to be a talented CCIE working in the USA (fresh off the boat = FOB) and be earning $30-50k USA... Ouch! Just saying...! It has happened...
I hate to even hear of multi-CCIE's earning rates like that... (HINT: I know of some who have and may still be in that range... sad but true).
So some CCIE's who are unscrupulous will take advantage of you - either in your country or the USA, for example.
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