Cisco Systems Software Engineer II Interview Questions

Updated Aug 11, 2015
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    Software Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Raleigh, NC) in May 2015.

    Interview

    The manager of the team called and took a 1 hour phone screen round which was resume based. Immediately called onsite since I'm a local candidate. Onsite interview was a rigorous 4 hour interview, with questions about my work and past experience, along with a few C programming questions and basic networking/ OS questions

    Interview Questions

    • C programming questions typically asked in interviews.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    In some cases, negotiation works.

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    Software Engineer II Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Pretty simple and easy process. Applied at the career fair. Got the interview call in less than a month. Had only one round of interview for one hour. Interview was mainly based on the work experience and the projects listed on the resume. I was good number of behavioral questions. Interviewers were mainly trying to see the approach and attitude towards a problem. Not tough both technically and on the whole the interview experience was very good. Got the offer letter after a month from the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your role in the team projects Explain your favorite project How did you manage the tough situations in your projects   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer II Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in La Mesa, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (La Mesa, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    nice not stressful relaxed .it was just question about my resume and some behavioral question. just be yourself know your resume and you ll be fine .the recruter was from INDIA he was nice ask me question and told me they will let me know whether or not they want to keep me

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    Negotiation

    none

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    Software Engineer II Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online via our college career portal and was called for webex interviews within a month or so. The length of the interviews were 45 minutes. There was mainly technical questions involved and nothing about my past experience or projects were asked.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked questions on 1. Routing protocols such eigrp ospf and bgp. 2. Spanning tree protocols and about trunk port modes etc 3. Basic questions about subnetting and asked few problems on the same. 4. Asked to write code on how to ssh into a cisco IOS router and extract whether an interface is up or down using any coding language of choice 5. Asked to write code on how to keep track of the number of distinct words and a count of the same from a file. 6. Debugging how a neighbouring router/switch port is alive or dead 6. Basic questions on Operating systems concepts and linked lists.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Atlanta, GA) in November 2014.

    Interview

    directly on-site with three engineers for the position. It was local so I guess the hiring manager does not bother doing a phone interview. It has been one month after the on-site and since I did not get a reply from my follow-up email, I guess I was passed. They are quite specific about past experience but not academic questions. So be prepared about what you did before.

    Interview Questions

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    Software Engineer II Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA).

    Interview

    Was very well planned and simple, I got an on campus interview call, it was scheduled for 3 days after the phone call. Interview was mainly about systems and networking.

    Interview Questions

  8.  

    Declined Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems in October 2014.

    Interview

    Applied on-line at university careers website. Was then offered an on-campus interview. Interview consisted entirely of behavioral questions and was conducted by an electrical engineer. Questions about past projects at previous internships were also asked. Recruiter extended an offer 2 weeks later by phone. There wasn't even an on-site interview. The process was much easier and straightforward compared with other software companies.

    Interview Questions

    • There really wasn't any difficult question... Very standard behavioral questions in an interview. Just make sure you're very descriptive in providing responses.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Accepted an offer that was better in terms of compensation package, location, and more closely aligned with my career interests/development.

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    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Cisco Systems in September 2014.

    Interview

    They had come to our college career fair. Asked a few basic questions on the spot about arrays, linked list and pointers and collected my resume. Called me for a 1:1 interview the next week. 2 senior engineers took my interview. The interview was mostly focused on my resume and current subjects. No coding questions. Only conceptual ones. Finally they asked me which language I was comfortable with and what kind of work was I looking for. I was informed about the decision almost a month later and I was given the location of my choice.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    The pay was less.

  10. Helpful (12)  

    No Offer

    Interview

    half an hour talking about my past project experience, no algorithm question.

    Interview Questions

    • in the end, i was caught off guard by a simple question: "if you calculate c = c+1 with 100 threads, do you need a lock? "   1 Answer
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    Software Engineer II Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    Applied in College Job fair. Contact me after 3 weeks. In person interview where they asked about my previous experience and some design problems. They were very cordial and very friendly. The interviewer asked me about the technologies which I used during my previous employment and my current on going projects. They are very accommodating about the location you want to be posted.

    Interview Questions

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