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VPAM Interview (Negative Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Cisco Systems in April 2014.
Interview Details – This might have been, what seemed like, the most unorganized interview I have ever been on. It started by dumping everyone in a room and telling us that this was our chance to interview them while they interview us. Well that is not at all the case. No one from Cisco ever keeps quite long enough to really ask any worthwhile questions.
Then you are taken one by one to do a role play which again seems every unorganized. One person watches you make a phone call while the other person doesn't listen to what you say on the other line.
Then you are thrown back in the room to listen to more Cisco propaganda while you wait for your 15 minute one on ones.
As you start you one on ones the Cisco employee will ask you very basic interview questions. Again they really don't let you answer. You will meet with 3-4 people for a total of 45 minutes then you are sent on your way.
All the employees seem very uninterested in the process and want to get it over with right away.
Interview Question – Role play Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Seemed a very high pressure workplace where people will throw you under the bus to get ahead.
Technical Leader I Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Cisco Systems.
Interview Details – The content of the interview process is not standardized. Interviewing with different groups can be a Hit or Miss match. The need is based upon the hiring group and not our overall fit for the company after your current role is completed. Often esoteric to the groups current issues.
Interview Question – A coding question specific to the current engineers problem that the engineer could not solve. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – None
Marketing Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in May 2014.
Interview Details – I applied through the website when I saw that Cisco was one of the 20 companies that pays their interns most. I received an email about a week or so later asking me to schedule a time when I could come into the RTP campus for an in-person interview. My interview was actually through telepresence with a manager in England. He mostly covered information about what I would be doing if I was selected and asked what experience I had related to the projects. It was an easy and comfortable interview. They mostly want to see if you are the right fit for the culture and are capable of doing the project tasks.
Interview Question – If someone came to you and said you had to pick one career, what would you choose? View Answer
Negotiation Details – I received an email 4 or 5 days later saying I had been selected to move forward in the process. Then I completed the employee application, then a recruiter called and told me how much I would be making, where I would be working, etc.
Virtual Sales Account Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in March 2014.
Interview Details – I was referred by a friend on the vSAM team. After my resume was given to the appropriate person, I had a phone interview which was followed by an onsite interview - half day process. There were 8 other applicants interviewing at the same time. First up was a role play followed by interviews with six mangers.
Interview Question – I found the role play to be the most anxiety-producing portion but it went well. There were no unexpected questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation.
Services/Software Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in September 2013.
Interview Details – I had an initial interview with agent at Insight Global, within a week I had my first big interview with the Operations Managers of the team I am now on. Following the in person interview I had a follow up phone interview with another BOM, which lead me to my final phone interview with my current boss. The rest is history.
Interview Question – The most unexpected question I was asked was why I desired this position at Cisco with no relative background in the company. View Answer
Relationship Manager/Operations Manager/Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems.
Interview Details – Interview process began with a 30 minute phone interview with a peer, then a face to face panel interview with management, followed by a second face to face panel interview. It was clear from the interviews Cisco held a high standard and the work would be highly demanding. Culture was casual and fun, focused on collaboration and innovation.
Interview Question – I was required to present slides for the second panel interview to demonstrate my presentation skills. Answer Question
Associate Systems Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Cisco Systems.
Interview Details – Interview process was very simple. I completed a phone screen with HR which was followed by a day-long interview onsite with a panel of managers. Many of the questions were not technical in nature but were sales situational in nature.
Interview Question – "I hate mini-vans but I want you to sell me one anyway." View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. The salary was more than fair and the benefits package was above normal for my region and field of expertise.
Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Cisco Systems in September 2013.
Interview Details – call from recruiter. had 2technical interviews one for java and other for sql skills. and then on site interview with team members and manager
Interview Question – none View Answer
Sales Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Cisco Systems in June 2010.
Interview Details – Too many interviews, more than 12 to go to the final round. Very repetitive questions and procedures in all of them. Lengthy process that took more than 4 months to conclude. Highly respectful during the interviews, but long time consuming. When offer is done, a lot of pressure is exerted to join the company as soon as possible, with extreme urgency. This is a paradox taking into account the time the whole process took.
Interview Question – Silence. A sudden, unexpected silence just waiting for me to say something. Better to have something prepared to say when that happens and not improvise. Answer Question
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