Cisco Systems Interview Questions

Updated Oct 15, 2014
Updated Oct 15, 2014
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    Solutions Architect Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    Found by 3rd party recruiter. The recruiters were super organized and helped with every step of the way through multiple interviews and salary negotiation. There were 3 phone interviews over the space of a week and the recruiter prepped me for each interviewer by letting me know their role. 2 of the 3 interviewers were not the hiring manager, but his peers.

    Interview Questions
    • Detailed questions about Six Sigma tools because I am certified and the interviewer was a black belt.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I offered a range that was 5K apart and the offered me the low end of my range.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Finance Analyst Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    Very simple interview process that involved a phone screening and more detailed interview. This was just to get to know the candidate and match personality with company culture. Very similar to most first round phone screens. Very positive experience and extremely nice interviewer.

    Interview Questions
    • Name a time that you had to work on a team and what type of team to do you like to work on?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Sales Operations Manager Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    Your best option is to be referred by a current employee, especially one that personally knows the hiring manager. That is what helped me get the initial interview with the recruiter. Interview process took nearly two months. Please be prepared for a long process. I had 7 face-to-face interviews in one day.

    Interview Questions
    • I don't recall a difficult question but the interview process was lengthy. I had 7 face-to-face interviews in one day.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Yes I was able to counter-offer. Be assertive and reiterate the value you bring to the table.
    Accepted Offer
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    Pretty smooth. Had a phone interview with hiring manager and team member. Then onsite with members of team. Very pleasant attitude. More a discussion of past projects and current technologies. Recruiter was pretty prompt and easy to communicate with. Had a chance to speak with the director as well before accepting offer. Overall a good experience.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing unexpected. Mostly about past experience and project details.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Business Analyst Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    It was very simple. Overall questions just about your self, i.e. strengths and weaknesses,leadership roles, as well as what you know about Cisco. They want to hear why you are specifically interested in Cisco. I had 1 interview, and after that interview it seemed like I was going to have an offer. I was then interviewed for 4 different teams and was picked by the highest manager.

    Negotiation Details
    It was an internship, so no negotation
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Product Manager Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Cisco Systems in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Campus Recruiting- Very amazing HR people. Only one round of interviews which left some to be desired. Given more time, I will have more round of interviews to make it more challenging. The overall tone of the meeting was conversational.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

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    Interview Details

    got a call from manager went over CV arranged for a interview through webex. Talked asked about my current experience and threads, dead locks, datastructures, css, javascript basic questions, asked to write double linked list program, string reversal, they would accept any language you are comfortable in.

    Interview Questions
    • String concatination, how canyou write a better concatination with out using existing menthods like .concat etc... can a dead lock happen with three threads, the job description has nothing to do with these questions. The concentration was on basics of programming, was asked to write doule linked list program...if you are comfortable with sting programs and linked list concepts it is very easy to crack   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Software Engineer III Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    Came in through the 2007 choice program. Met a recruiter at university, had a 1:1 interview, then was scheduled to come on-site to interview with 3 engineers. The questions were very easy probably because they wanted to get younger people into the company.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Inside Sales Representative - Cloud Networking Group 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 1+ weekinterviewed at Cisco Systems in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    After my initial contact, their recruiter called me and explained the process they would like to move forward with. This was a phone interview with the recruiter, then another phone interview with a hiring manager, then 4 in-person interviews all scheduled back to back. After doing well with the recruiter's interview, he made sure i was well prepped for my other interviews. The process was straight forward, very fast, and the recruiter kept me in the loop at all times.

    Interview Questions
    • I got asked "What is my greatest professional achievement?" by almost every person I interviewed with. Either I kept doing poorly on it and they were asking because I failed the question in the previous interview, or it's extremely important them. Everything was pretty straight forward and they didn't try to catch me off guard.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They told me the pay range in advance, asked how much I was comfortable with, then offered me the top of the pay range.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Demand Analyst Interview

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

    I was located remotely. One round of HR + One round with hiring managers ( 2 of them) + 7 rounds of in person interviews. The actual interviews were not very tough since I have relevant experience. Hence was able to talk about the process issues etc demonstrating my knowledge. Back to back 7 hrs in one day was exhausting with you locked in one conference room and the next interviewer waiting to start before you are done with the current.

    Over all it was a good experience and I took the job.

    Interview Questions
    • Three scenarios of dealing with difficult stakeholders. how did you deal with them and how would you do it now if you have to do the same now, how would you deal.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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