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Updated Mar 3, 2015
Updated Mar 3, 2015
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    Started with phone interview from hiring manager, and 4 webex technical interviews.
    All interviews were technical, involving data structures, algorithms, object oriented programming and web services, and some problem solving questions

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Had to do two interviews with Cisco Systems. Both of them involved relatively the same process, but just with two different employees. Mainly this process focused on previous experiences and behavioral questions. They also asked questions regarding your knowledge of Cisco and what their future plans are.

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    • Would you rather be respected or liked?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    Initial screening, phone interviews and face to face interview by a panel of 3-4 full time employees and managers. Selection process is pretty good. Only a small percentage of candidates get selected for face to face interviews. Be prepared.

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    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Intern Interview

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    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I met a Cisco representative at a career fair, and then was asked to have an in-person interview soon after. It went by quickly, and I had my interview shortly after. It consisted of mostly behavioral questions, the recruiter went through my resume and was very nice about the process. Nothing technical, just make sure you know your qualifications well.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to work for Cisco?
      What is a time when you had to work in a team?
       
      Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I went to career fair and spoke to the person from Cisco. Later that day, I received a call from the person asking for an interview. The interview went pretty smooth. Just basic questions like how would you describe yourself, and why would you want to work at Cisco. The interviewer did ask a question relating to demand planning, which was related to the position I was applying for.

    Interview Questions
    • If Cisco created a new product, how would you know how many to manufacture?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Applied at Campus Career Fair, got an email next day to schedule an interview on campus.
    The process was fairly simple. They mostly focus on behavioral questions and your resume which are pretty easy to tackle. Since I had no prior work experience they asked me some basic networking questions. Interview lasted about 40 minutes after which in about 2 weeks they sent me an offer.

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    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    A friend who worked at Cisco suggested I apply for the position. I applied through the website.

    A phone pre-screen with the internal recruiter was first, followed by a programming exercise that was done at home, followed by an in-person interview.

    I was told by the recruiter that there was a hard time limit for the exercise, but later the hiring manager told me that there was not, and I should finish the exercise which I had left incomplete due to time constraints.

    The recruiter was very slow getting back to me. I was able to reach out to the hiring manager to prompt more action from the recruiter. The interview went well, and the group and I got along well.

    Eventually an offer was made. I asked if I could get more, and eventually got a cash signing bonus.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I was unable to get a higher offer, or get stocks or options, but I did negotiate a cash signing bonus.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Hardware Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    The hiring process was standard. The hiring manager called for quick introduction that lasted for about 10 minutes.
    Next step was the interview process on site, that went on for about 4 hours. I was interviewed by 5 team members and they asked questions related to my past experience in Asic design(for the most part)
    They asked minor questions on the different types of memory.

    Interview Questions
    • Difficult question was, describing the flow of a 64 bit MIPS   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by a staffing agency about the position in CISCO, RTP. The initial round with CISCO was a webex call, but due to some issues with my internet connection, I couldn't take up the Webex and the Manager has called me on my mobile and it was 1:1 phone interview asking me to rate myself on Java and if I had any Linux experience. Asked If I have any usage of SQL and GIT. And asked about my expertise.

    Got the result in 4 days, and the next round was with a panel of 7 members. 1 team member escorted to the meeting room and excused himself saying there is a priority. So it was a 6 member panel interview which went real smooth. There was no White Board coding. Asked so many questions from my resume like what was my contribution, Did I code any functionality from scratch... It was basically projecting yourself exactly the way your resume talks. This round was like a behavioral kinda as well - What challenges I faced. Finally 1 technical question was asked in Java - Difference b/w Interface and Abstract Class.

    Interview Questions
    • I was an ex employee of Oracle. So asked me what disadvantages I had working with Oracle DB. This was an unexpected question.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation as I was a contractor and I know my pay rate per hour.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    IT Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    Three phone interviews, over the phone offer. Spoke with hiring manager, financial analyst, and domain expert. Questions were general, assessing experience and personality. Found out later that the interview process was expedited to fill position faster.

    Interview Questions
    • What did you do to handle an unexpected/emergency during the execution of a project?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They needed to fill the position immediately, they were willing to give in on many of my demands.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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