Cisco Systems Associate Sales Representative Interview Questions

Updated Mar 4, 2015
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Associate Sales Representative Interview

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

Application

I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems (Raleigh, NC).

Interview

The first interview was via webex and consisted of common behavioral questions. The second interview was a video submission - two minutes answering a specific question. The third interview is at the assessment center in RTP, North Carolina. It consists of a 30 minute interview, a 10 minute presentation, and a 20 minute sales role play. I recommend preparing, networking at the assessment center (remember names), and letting your personality show through.

Interview Questions

  • The questions were all fairly expected; however, due to the dynamic nature of sales role play you can never expect what direction it will go. Just be flexible and use open ended questions to learn more about what the question is experiencing.   Answer Question

Negotiation

Offer is amazing. Check the benefits package. Do you really want to negotiate?

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    Associate Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 7+ weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems (Research Triangle Park, NC) in November 2011.

    Interview

    Great people and work environment outside of the interview room. Was not sure what to expect during the interview process and spent too much time reading the technical manual. Also during the mock meeting and presentation, be prepared to deal with difficult personalities. The person conducting the information session acting as a client would not give me any information and set up a one in a thousand kind of situation where the client did not want to work with me. Very frustrating and made it near impossible to come up with an idea to present in the next round. Not sure what advice to give because the feedback they gave me revolved around not getting enough information from the mock client--which was definitely not my fault. Other than that, had a great next 2 rounds with really friendly people. I believe the first round hurt me and since they were only taking 10/40 people it made a huge difference, unfortunately.

    Interview Questions

    • You don't have a people-oriented background, why sales?   1 Answer
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    Associate Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems (Dallas, TX) in April 2010.

    Interview

    First there was a phone interview, which was pretty standard. Questions included:
    Why are you interested in Cisco?
    What is the CEO's name?
    What makes you a good fit for the ASR program?

    An interesting aspect of the phone interview was being told to "pitch" the interviewer on something/anything that you're passionate about. This was around March Madness so I chose the college basketball tournament fever. Made it to the next round.

    The in-person interview process was the most intense I've experience. Create a powerpoint presentation for a ten minute presentation to a group of up to 5 people. Pitch a panel of 3 people on using a product of theirs. Then interview with 3 people who ask you the personal/behavioral questions (If you could have any superpower, what would it be?).

    They responded via e-mail 2 weeks later (literally the last day that they said they might respond).

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    Sales Associate Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santiago (Chile)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems (Santiago (Chile)) in February 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process was very intense.It was only 3 stages. A webex interview, then video curriculum and finally a 5 hour assessment center with technical examen, interview, 10 minute presentation and finally, a role play.
    The assessment was really stressing but very interesting. Interviewers spend their lunch time with us, very nice. We were just 3 final candidates.

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    Associate Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    Very thorough and difficult interview process, but a great experience. It was divided into 3 stages, in order: Resume Submission, Skype Interview, 2 Min Video, and then a day at their Assessment Center. The process was very professional and timely in terms of receiving news regarding the next stage of the interviews. The people that I interacted with at Cisco throughout the process were fabulous!

    Interview Questions

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    Associate Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems (Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)) in May 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online,then I was contacted a month after submitting my application to schedule a phone interview as the first step of the interview process. I have only had the phone interview so far, the next step of the process is to upload a video on YouTube, the interview was very easy, and the interviewer was very helpful when I had questions to ask.

    Interview Questions

    • The interview started with administrative questions (GPA, companies where I've worked...etc).
      The second part of the interview was more in depth, I will share most of the questions i received
      Why are you interested in Cisco?
      Why did you chose to apply to this program?
      What do you know about Cisco products?
      What are my strengths?
      what are the most important qualities in a sales person?
      How would you deal with an angry client?
      How would you approach selling an item (for example a car) to someone?
       
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    Negotiation

    I passed the phone interview, I still have to go through the next steps to get the offer.

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    Associate Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Warsaw (Poland)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Cisco Systems (Warsaw (Poland)) in May 2014.

    Interview

    1. Phone call - half in poslih half in english. Easy, what would you do if client... ect. Tell me about yourself - standards.
    2. Video - 2 minutes on yourself.
    3. A day at cisco - roleplaying + typical interview. Also a presentation on given topic (you receive topic in the email with invitation to the final round aside with few pdf to study)

    Interview Questions

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