I have been working overseas for a large portion of my professional career (in Japan) but have always planned to return home (to the US) at some point in the future.
There are huge differences between working overseas vs. in your home country. Language, culture, work environment, working hours, etc. are all quite different. It takes years to adapt to a new culture, and many of the people I know who went back say that it took longer than they expected to adjust back again.
- The new job will not require knowledge of that culture/language (this is not a question about whether my skill set is beneficial)
- I am up against another candidate with the same skills but no overseas experience (and there's only one slot, so only one of us will get the job)
- I am already in the US in the area of the job (there are no logistical implications of me having to move overseas before starting the position, etc.)
Will the fact that I lived/worked overseas extensively be seen as a positive or a negative? It would also help if whoever answers can include information on the thought process behind their answer (from a hiring perspective) it would be helpful as well.