I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Cisco Systems in June 2010.
Interview Details – The interview process was very lengthy. I had my first initial interview over the phone and then didn't hear back regarding a follow up for almost 4 weeks. Once I heard back, they called me in for a 3 hour face to face interview where I met with 4 future team members for 45 minute interviews where they asked me question to decipher what I would be like to work with, and how I would adapt to Cisco culture. Then after that, I didn't hear back again for another 4 weeks. Overall, its a slow process but they like to be diligent.
Interview Question – There was technical programming question that one of the interviewers asked me but in hindsight, the question was totally pointless because the role I was interviewing for was a non-technical one. My suggestion would be to call out the interviewer if you feel like they are taking the interview in a direction that does not make sense. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate. I had been unemployed for 3 months and was desperate to get back in.
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at Cisco Systems.
Interview Details – I was sent by a staffing company and directly talked to the hiring manager. He was very pleasant with me so got hired immediately
Interview Question – general behavioral questions Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Cisco Systems.
Interview Details – Was invited to initial interview after I talked to the recruiter at the career fair at my university. I had to apply online before the interview. The initial interview lasted 30 minutes and was very relaxed. The questions were mostly about what I had done in the past, what I had learned and what my expectations were for the position.
Interview Question – Do you prefer working in a large company or a small company. Not unexpected but tricky in this particular situation. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in July 2013.
Interview Details – One phone screening by recruiter and then 2 interviews onsite..
Phone screening with recruiter was easy. He just asked about job experience, compensation current & expected, immigration requirement, location etc..
Had 2 interviews f2f.
Interview Question – What is the latest feedback you have received from your manager (or anyone) ? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiated a bit and was fruitful. Try to negotiate initially if possible.
I applied through college or university - interviewed at Cisco Systems in January 2010.
Interview Details – basic accounting questions, personality questions, why you want to work here, what are your strengths and weaknesses, tell me about a time you failed and what did you learn from it
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Cisco Systems in June 2012.
Interview Details – Applied online through their career site. Got a response from a HR rep. Initially a phone screening and then an on-site interview via Tele-presence with 3 of the managers in San Jose.
Interview Question – They were looking for very specific job experience which I didn't have in the area of Finance. The managers were mostly very conversational asking about career path and why I would be interested in the position. Answer Question
Interviewed at Cisco Systems
Interview Details – One on One interview, pretty laid back and relaxed
Interview Question – There were a variety of questions Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at Cisco Systems.
Interview Details – They didn't really ask me any specific questions, mainly just asked me to go over stuff on my resume and why I would make a good fit for the job. It was a very open interview, but it really didn't have any direction. Might have just been my interviewer. I would advise going over the company's profile and the job detail.
Interview Question – Not unexpected, just asked questions about resume/past work experience. Answer Question
I applied through a staffing agency - interviewed at Cisco Systems in March 2013.
Interview Details – I went to CISCO office to attend my 1st round of F2F interview after clearing an initial round of interview with their vendor.
There was no proper greet from the vendor manager once I reached the CISCO office.
Neither anyone informed me what is their interviewing process nor about the number of rounds.
Later I was interviewed by a manager from CISCO who asked me several BA related questions to which I answered satisfactorily.It went on for 45 mins.
The next day I got a reply from the vendor HR stating that I got selected for the first round F2F and that they wanted me to visit them again next day for 2nd round.
Till that time I didnt know how many more rounds or what they were expecting,but they called me.
I went there ,reached CISCO office exactly at the said time, but to my surprise I did not find anyone there to greet me.
I called the vendor manager to tell him that I reached and am waiting for my interview to be done.He said he is on the way to office and I was left with no option but to sit there with no clue at their lobby.
After like half an hour passed ,vendor manager comes and says "U HAVE TO WAIT" no proper greeting as usual.
I asked him politely how much more time will the interviewers take to interview me.
He said I dont know and that he will call me.
I kept on waiting for like 1 hour after which they called me to be interviewed by a CISCO manager who said sorry for the delay and then asked me very few qs .That interview lasted for 10-15 min.
Later I was told that one more round of interview will be done.
And again I was waiting for like 15 more min and then came the CISCO manager who interviewd me for 15 min.
After 4 rounds and 2 days of interview ,they did not reply anything back to me yet neither the vendor HR got back to me.
This was the most horrifying interview experience that I have faced so far.
Overall I did not find it professional and this was just a wastage of my time.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems.
Interview Details – Light phone screen and 3 rounds of interviews from 3 different folks. Mostly behavioral questions.
Interview Question – Explain a difficult situation at work and how you handled it. View Answer
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