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Updated May 21, 2014
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College Intern Tech Undergrad Interview

College Intern Tech Undergrad
Amherst, MA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Cisco Systems in April 2012.

Interview Details – I sent an email to a college recruiter (they came to my school at the career fair) asking for a chance to land an interview and I expressed how badly I wanted to work for Cisco. I got called a couple of days later and they set up an interview via webchat right away. I did my research on the interviewer, all my school projects I wanted to talk about etc... I didn't nail every interview question about Java (I applied for a software position) but I tried talking about my interest in the product he helped develop the UMI. He was impressed in my interest and initiative.

Interview Question – The most difficult was when he asked me if there was any part of my school projects that really tripped me up. When I confessed of a problem I had he asked me to explain what the problem was and then the solution and what I did to fix it. He expected that I learned everything about the problem in order to overcome it.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I never tried negotiating. I was pumped I even got an offer!

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

College Intern - IT Engineer Interview

College Intern - IT Engineer
Research Triangle Park, NC

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in October 2009.

Interview Details – Initial interview was almost all situational/personality type questions, only at end of the interview the were the specific job duties brought up, and the interviewer asked whether they interested me. A month or two later I was asked to submit reference online, who they called and confirmed. When that was completed they sent me a job offer. After accepting I talked to the manager I would be under about the job and my specific duties.

Interview Question – Tell me a time when you were on a team and one of your team members wasn't pulling their weight. What did you do about it?   Answer Question

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

College Intern Interview

College Intern
Bangalore (India)

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Cisco Systems in April 2013.

Interview Details – 3 Rounds

Round 1 ( Screening ):-
                    We were sent some projects and asked to write how we approach the project by giving explanation of how it can be implemented and all.

I heard that now written test will be conducted instead of this.


Round 2 ( Technical Round ) :-
                   Basically this was technical round . I was asked about DS, C, Linux & Networking.

DS ( Data Structures) :-

                 How to remove a node form singly linked list?
                 Hpw stack works , queue works? etc.....
Linux :-
                  I told the interviewer that I am a Linux guy, so he started asking lots of commands in Linux like

Whats the cmd to see RAM usage? : $top
Whats the cmd to see last modified file? : $ls -ltr
Whats the cmd to add user? : $adduser

                           He asked OSI layer model 7 Layers was asked and example was asked for each layer.

In session I told half duplex and full duplex . I was asked example.
Answer : : Half duplex : Walkie talkie. Full Duplex: GSM Mobile

It was asked like " Lets say you have to send a post to your dad in other city . One way is that you get confirmation another you don't get confirmation. Which would you prefer?"

This was asked keeping TCP and UDP in mind is what I felt and answered like it depends on application/purpose of post. If it is critical I would choose confirmation/TCP otherwise UDP.
( Interviewer was happy that I could relate things to real world )

Simple Puzzle :-
X trees Y sheep
1 sheep per tree leads to 1 extra sheep
2 sheep per tree leads to 1 extra tree
X & Y values?
Round 3 ( HR Round ):-
                 I was asked what are all your great accomplishments in life. Why Cisco ? What if competitor offers you ?

Interview Question – More of Electronics and Communications related questions were asked for Computer Science Students as well.
It is a wrong notion that this company asks lot of networking questions for fresher
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Negotiation Details – No negotiation. We were informed about compensation well in hand even before screening and it was quite good above the standard of industry.

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