Cisco Systems Interview Questions

Updated Aug 28, 2015
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    Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Chicago, IL).

    Interview

    3 interviews. All over the phone and webex. Now they are leveraging video more and more. xxx. xxx. xxx. xxx. If they are in a hurry to fill a position it will go very quickly. The headcount can open and close frequently depending on the job market and economy.

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    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA).

    Interview

    From what I remember the interview process was fairly simple and straight forward. I don't think I had a phone interview and I only did one face to face interview with my manager. After the interview I was asked to connect with the on-site temp agency in order to get the position.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    First applied through my careers database. Had a phone call with HR to see what my interests were/ what team I wanted to be on. Then had a phone call with an analyst who was full time, asked a few accounting questions but it was mainly fit. Then had a call with a senior level manager and got the job after that.

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    IT Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview

    Not a bad interview process. Some of the questions had nothing to do with knowledge and more to do with thinking on your feet - initially it throws you off guard.

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    • How many pennies would it take to stack the Empire State Building?   1 Answer
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    Software QA Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA).

    Interview

    The initial phone screen was done by a recruiter. This was followed by an onsite interview with multiple folks. They flew me in for the onsite interview. Each person interviewed me independently but many had similar questions. Most of the interviewers were nice but there was one trying to always put me down.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe the work previously done based on resume as well as other Routing protocols   Answer Question
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Research Triangle Park, NC).

    Interview

    Initially it was a phone screen to get an idea whether or not it would be good to proceed with the interview process. The phone screen was also an opportunity to describe the position to me so that I could determine if it's a role I would be interested in should the interview process continue. The first interview was with a panel of a few managers. Once I progressed I was interviewed by senior management. The interview process included verifying the items on my resume as well as talking openly about accomplishments and general methods of management. They really tried to get a feel for how I deal with different difficult situations as well as the day to day management of technical resources. The senior leadership tried to apply pressure to see how I react and whether or not I was easily shaken.

    Interview Questions

    • They ask questions to figure out if you are honest or would be willing to bend your character for the sake of the company. They do not hire dishonest people so even when pressured it is a bad idea to be dishonest. Example: If you were presenting a monthly review to a customer and you know that your metrics are not up to par but you have already taken care of the support gap, wouldn't it be OK in that situation to fudge the numbers just a little and avoid a potential customer escalation or financial penalty?   1 Answer
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    GMCC Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview

    The interview process was pretty easy and conversational rather than question after question. There were the basic behavioral questions and then conversation about what the company culture was like. Overall, it was a good experience and helped me understand the company better as a whole and what it would be like to work there.

    Interview Questions

    • Please explain what you did at a previous job that is on your resume.   Answer Question
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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Cisco Systems in August 2015.

    Interview

    I really liked the practical approach of the interview. There were no silly questions, such as "describe in detail the innards of a particular protocol". I was asked to design and whiteboard several types of networks, a VPN WAN, a large distributed enterprise, and a data center. Given that it's what I do, and what I interviewed for, this went fine.

    Interview Questions

    • one of the tasks was to design a redundant data center with ECMP.   Answer Question
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Interview

    2 rounds away from HQ at a recruiting session. These were lengthy in depth interviews. 4 rounds at HQ in a round table type session. These were quicker 20 minute type interviews, which were a bit superficial but I think we're more geared to judge fit and personality.

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    New Product Introduction Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA).

    Interview

    I had to interview with 8 people for NPI engineer position. After the phone screen with one of the engineers, you meet with 4 people individually who were mostly technical staff for the first round of the interview. For the second round, you meet with the hiring manager, another manager, and the HR representative.

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    • Mostly basic technical questions.   1 Answer
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