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Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in December 2013.

Interview Details

Very technical interview process with a panel from the team. While the technical questions were tough, the panel made the entire experience very pleasent and provided immediate feedback.

Interview Questions
  • No difficult or unexpected questions during the interview process. The group asked questions specific to the job.   Answer Question
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I had the interview in a conference.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  2.  

    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Cisco Systems in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    I sent my resume through the internship program at my school (UC Santa Cruz) and received an email from Cisco Systems. We set up a time to have the interview by email. The phone interview was with multiple employees and consisted of questions such as: what are your hobbies, give an example of a project you did at school that could be used in the work environment, describe yourself, etc. The environment was very friendly and I received another email stating that the hiring team liked my interview. We later talked on the phone and he offered me the internship.

    Interview Questions
    • What was the most difficult decision you had to make in the past few months?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Review any skills that could be used in the job offer, practice general interview questions and practice specific career path interview questions (Engineering, Business, etc).
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Cisco Systems in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    Cisco system pretty good

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 3 days - interviewed at Cisco Systems in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    very indepth on some technical aspects. Some were relaxed and asked overview of things worked on and wanted to fit in my experience into many areas.This was internal position so did not ask too many questions and also the people who asked it were knowledgable only in certain areas so they were concentraing in those areas only.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Cisco Systems in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    Went through a relatively short phone interview, followed up several days later by a series of one on one interviews with 3 different people at the company. Pretty much industry standard stuff. Over the phone it was the usual get to know you and behavioural type questions followed up by technical and riddle type stuff in the one on ones.

    Interview Questions
    • * You are given 2 eggs.
      * You have access to a 100-storey building.
      * Eggs can be very hard or very fragile means it may break if dropped from the first floor or may not even break if dropped from 100 th floor.Both eggs are identical.
      * You need to figure out the highest floor of a 100-storey building an egg can be dropped without breaking.
      * Now the question is how many drops you need to make. You are allowed to break 2 eggs in the process
        View Answers (3)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    I first had an On Campus interview with a former graduate from my school that currently works for Cicso Systems. I then got an e-mail saying that I was accepted to a 2nd round interview a few weeks later.

    Interview Questions
    • In the first round interview, they asked a few behavioral questions. Such as:
      When was the last time you worked in a group?
        Answer Question
    • Explain in detail a project you worked on in past summer internships? There was also constant questions to clarify the technical aspects of the project.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was very confusing; the recruiter kept forgetting to notify me or the interviewers of the right time, planning was all mixed up. I got two exactly the same interviews with all the same questions, while one of the parts / topics of the interviews mentioned before by the recruiter in the beginning, seemed to be forgotten in the process. Finally, I got a lot of very 'strange' questions, that didn't concern any particular knowledge, nor experience, but seemed to serve just to confuse me. So I was asked many times why I wanted to work for Google, but with this very suspicious style of asking it, as if I was actually hiding secretly not willing to work for Google.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Cisco Systems in December 2008.

    Interview Details

    was contacted by a recruiter who found my resume online. Hesitant to deal with me since i was an outstation candidate. But it so happened i was going to be in town around that period and so managed to get an interview scheduled for that period. Walked in and waited for a while before getting to meet the hiring manager. Had a 30 minute one on one that was more of a personality/aptitude test rather than a technical interview. I thought i did a pretty good job but was informed the following day that i was rejected. Luckily i aced another interview the following day at another company. The day after i received a mail that i had actually been selected at cisco and that they mistakenly sent me a rejection letter. But i was happy with the other position and declined the offer.

    Interview Questions
    • how differently would you approach a hardware design problem as against a software problem?   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Milpitas, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Milpitas, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Cisco Systems in January 2008.

    Interview Details

    Had couple telephonic conversations about my resume, interests, and to improve my understanding about the position, reporting and the company. Questions on my resume and interests were pretty standard like - What different technologies I have used, Why I wanted to move, What I'm looking forward to work on, My dream job in next 5 yrs, My educational interests etc.

    On site interviews were all 1:1 with 4 sr.engineers, 2 dev managers, 1 qa manager, and finally a Sr.Director. Interview was pretty technical and grilling. People were really nice. They were looking at my approach than the exactness of my answers. Their questions were highly adaptive and deeply conceptual.

    Interview Questions
    • (Gave a little high-level model of packet-forwarding and shot this question - )
      What design changes would you suggest to improve the routing-speed?
      (After I gave out an answer - )
      What else are the alternative ways (Good or Bad) of achieving this? Give the major pros and cons or those approaches.
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    • Analytical problem related to data structures -
      Something like - A mouse and xxx (maybe tortoise) started running in opposite directions on a 100 mile highway. Mouse made stops for this and that, and some numbers for times-spent. These numbers are some relative to those of tortoise too. The final question is how many times would the mouse have ran each way, before the tortoise completed one round.
        View Answer
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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