Ciena Interview Questions

Updated Aug 17, 2015
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    Solutions Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Ciena in September 2012.

    Interview

    First interview was with HR, very low key and no difficult questions. Next step were two separate follow-up interviews with the department manager as well as the department director. The department director´s interview was very thorough, detailed and you got asked a good few questions on how you would handle different situations. The interview with the director included a few of the typical interview questions. The final interview was with someone that had previously held a similar position with the firm and that was more on a personality level than anything else.

    Interview Questions

    • What can you tell me about yourself that´s not on your resume.   Answer Question
  2. Helpful (1)  

    Senior Software QA Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Ciena (San Jose, CA) in June 2012.

    Interview

    I contacted the recruiter via LinkedIn and got an interview call. I first had a phone interview with the hiring manager and then was called over for a 1:1 interview. The on-site interview consisted of 6 rounds and one of it was through video conferencing and the other was a group interview with 5 people. The interview was very technical with questions mostly about various L2/L3 protocols. I was expected to know the packet format for almost all protocols. A lot of questions on QoS and how it can be tested. A lot of questions on iTest automation tool. Some basic testing questions like how will you come up with a test plan, how will file a defect, most difficult/complicated issue that you've found etc. The entire team was very friendly and the work culture was great. Would have loved to join them.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe the packet format for PBB, PB, IPv6, IPv4, Ethernet along with the size of each field   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    The offer was very less compared to other offers.

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    Senior Field/Test Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at Ciena (San Francisco, CA) in April 2012.

    Interview

    Transittioned from Nortel Networks

    Interview Questions

    • No questions asked. My qualifications came with me from Nortel   Answer Question
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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 3 days. I interviewed at Ciena (San Jose, CA) in March 2012.

    Interview

    If you are fluent in C and basic of Data structures and algorithms, and have knowledge about fundamentals of OS, the interview process should be a piece of cake. If you have worked previously or have good networking knowledge it will be a plus.

    Interview Questions

    • Try to find the Least Common Ancestor in a binary tree.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Internship Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Ciena (San Jose, CA) in February 2012.

    Interview

    I got a call from the interviewer. Questions included about the Data structures and Networks

    Interview Questions

    • Difference btw Linked list and array Run time efficiencies for both . Accessing via linked list and Array. How to find weather a linked list has a loop?   1 Answer
    • Difference btw threads and process Explained about previous work experience and Projects   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Ciena (Alpharetta, GA) in January 2012.

    Interview

    Submitted online and was called after a wk. Interview was setup next week. Asked questions about linked list(addition, race condition) and then breadth first traversal couldn't get it fully then went through the other interviewers and then didn't get offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Do breadth first traversal of BST   1 Answer
  8. Helpful (1)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alpharetta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Ciena (Alpharetta, GA) in September 2011.

    Interview

    Applied Online, Phone screen followed by 5 round in-person interview

    Interview Questions

    • virtual destructors c++ inheritance singleton class pipe semaphore mutex strlen call by value, call by reference break continue pure virtual functions virtual base class linked list - add a node hashes   Answer Question
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    Receiving Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Linthicum Heights, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Ciena (Linthicum Heights, MD) in August 2011.

    Interview

    pleasant, non-stressful, was offered a water, soda or coffee. the conference room was a comfortable temperature. I was greeted with a hand shake. First I met the operation's supervisor, after that I met with the operations manager. After that I met with the warehouse's manager, and the two gentlemen under him. Was asked several questions about my work experience.

    Interview Questions

    • how long have you been driving   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    there wasn't one

  10.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in City of Spokane Valley, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Ciena (City of Spokane Valley, WA) in September 2010.

    Interview

    Started of over the phone with a discussion with the manager of the team i was interviewing for. Was called over a few weeks later for an onsite interview. Asked a few basic java concepts, Linked List implementation, DB concepts and was grilled on Operating systems

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negotiation done from my side.

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    Senior SQA Tester Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Spokane, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Ciena (Spokane, WA) in August 2010.

    Interview

    Three people interviewed me over the phone. The director, hiring manager and lead engineerl Mostly ethernet basics type of questions. Directory said up front she wasn't technical. This took me back for an engineering directory to say. They made me an offer that was equal to Silicon Velley wage in Spokane and paid relocation expenses. IN hind site, having a technical director that wasn't technical was a bad idea and caused problems due to lack of understanding of the tasks assigned

    Interview Questions

    • How does PBT work? Explain Spanning Tree   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    simple, made offer, took about a week and relocation expnses covered

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