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    TAC At Cisco Systems Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in December 2012.

    Interview

    Applied for this position online and got contacted the next day by a recruiter at Cisco.
    Started with a prescreen phone interview for 10 mins (nothing technical) why-do-you-want-to-work-for-Cisco type of question. and some info about myself.
    Two days later had a technical phone interview, with a friendly engineer; the following week had an onsite interview via Teleconference since I am in the East Coast and the position is in San Jose, CA.
    Prepare to get technical with troubleshooting questions, etc.... scenario based questions and personality questions as well, what-would-you-do-in-this-situation type of questions since this is a customer support role.
    Got my offer letter the next day.

    Interview Questions

    • Scenario based question when a computer needs to talk to another computer on a different network..... word of advice, know all the fields in the layer 3 packet to answer this question.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Didn't negotiate, all I asked for was a compensation equivalent to the market value since this is my first job

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    Tac Interview

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Cisco Systems in August 2010.

    Interview

    It was about, how well you can present yourself.
    what kind of behavior you have towards various situations that will be imposed upon you.
    Technical round was mostly about networks, a little bit of C coding, a little bit of OS.

    Puzzle solving, analytical skills.

    HR round and Managerial round, simply tested your mindset, and how you will apply your knowledge towards situational scenarios.

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    TAC Customer Support Engineer Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Cisco Systems (Diegem (Belgium)) in August 2009.

    Interview

    The phone interview was technical, with pointed questions on security protocols and in-depth networking knowledge. After passing that, I was invited for a day of interviews. There were 8 interviews in total, 6 technical, and 2 managerial. The technical ones consisted of troubleshooting on a whiteboard, analyzing network diagrams, doing netmask calculations, and explaining the analytical process out loud. The managerial interviews were just to see if you would fit in to the group. The technical interviews were quite tough, with very senior people asking you pointed question. What they were after was not always the right answer, but instead to see you troubleshoot and explain your thought process out loud.

    Interview Questions

    • Given this network diagram, why is machine A not able to ping machine B?   1 Answer
    • Given this network diagram, device A is receiving ICMP (type/code) messages (the type and code will vary by question or scenario). What could be causing these messages?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    A reasonable salary with benefits. If you have work experience, you can negotiate a better package.

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