Cisco Systems Interview Questions

Updated Sep 24, 2014
Updated Sep 24, 2014
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    I was directly called for an onsite interview. Couple of guys asked programming questions on the board. They were usually hard questions. The interviewers were friendly guys from different nations. The whole process took about 2 hours.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Hardware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I was contacted through my school's career fair, and set up a phone interview which was just a half hour or hour (can't remember) long coding question over collabedit (or something similar). At the time, I hadn't yet finished my senior year of college and had not yet taken a data structures and algorithms course.

    No Offer
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Cisco Systems in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was asked a technical question on Machine Learning during the recruiting at a Career Fair straight away while reviewing my Resume. The question was on the possibility of separating houses for a Realtor into various clusters. I answered the question by proposing a Decision Tree (ID3 Algorithm) or a Linear Separator, depending on the number of features that the test data had.
    I then was offered a phone interview, where I was a standard question regarding Data Structures and Algorithms. (Can't spit out the details, sorry).

    Interview Questions
    • The question regarding the Data Structures was difficult because at best I could get a run-time of O(kn), or O(nlog(n)), but that wasn't close enough to O(n), which is what they wanted.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by a headhunter. We exchanged emails for about 3 weeks then I was asked for a phone interview with one of the Cisco managers. It was a basic phone interview that took about 30 minutes. I was asked basic networking and behavioral questions, than the recruiter talk about the company benefits and he answered my questions.
    Although I was not offered a position. It was a very positive experience.

    Interview Questions
    • Basic networking and behavioral questions such as tell me about yourself.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    EMEAR Associate Sales Representative (ASR) Interview Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    I interviewed through online application. The process took 4+ weeks.

    The first interview was via mobile phone with a Poland recruiter, lasted for about 30 minutes and consisted of common behavioral and "wh" questions.

    The second interview was a video submission - two minutes answering a specific question. I was eleminated at this stage.

    If I could passed this one, I would have been invited to the third interview at the assessment center in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    Interview Questions
    • The recruiter wanted me to sell a phone to her and I was not expecting of this.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    FAE Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    Asked about my contact from other companies and not much about my role at other companies.
    Questions were easy and to the point and no hard questions were asked.
    Felt like an entry level sales job.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Oversee development and maintenance of computer systems.
    Identify departmental needs and make suggestions regarding technical direction.
    Set up organization's intranets.
    Design and implement system security and data assurance.
    Configure and install computer systems for other organizations.
    Design and develop software.
    Test software applications and systems.
    Develop different types of software, including computer games, business applications, operating systems, network control systems, and middleware.
    Apply knowledge of computing systems and software structure.
    Analyze users' needs.
    Create flowcharts, diagrams, and other documentation.
    Create manuals and detailed sets of instructions including algorithms that tell computers what to do.
    Convert instructions into computer languages.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    User Experience Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Talk with hiring manager and he/she will move forward with a lead designer in the team. Process of interview: self-intro, why you are interested in Cisco, what you are interested in, tell me about some projects you have done on the portfolio: what challenges you have encountered, Questions?

    Interview Questions
    • No unexpected questions. But they do care a lot about your projects on the portfolio. "What did you learn from this project"   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    I had three interviews, first is phone interview, and the second one is an assignment ,the last one is on site interview. The first interview was basically talking about my past experience and hearing her talking about the company and her job. The second one was a data analytic task , that is a bunch of dummy data and present your findings in ppt send it back to Cisco. The last one is an onsite interview, with three people. That is a little challenge. But they are nice people and no tough question. Just tell them you expertise and past experience. To be honest , if they trust what you told them, they will probably bring you on board.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Legal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Cisco Systems in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview first followed by legal issues I was contacted via linked-in and responded to an email which was followed by a request for resume and a phone interview with recruiter and then I spoke to another person and then I was neither denied nor offered a position but put on hold

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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