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Engineer

I applied through a recruiter and 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 Question – No difficult or unexpected questions during the interview process. The group asked questions specific to the job.   Answer Question


No Offer

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Engineer Interview

Engineer

Interviewed at Cisco Systems

Interview Details – I had the interview in a conference.

Interview Question – They are all behavioral questions.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Engineer Interview

Engineer
San Jose, CA

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – 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).


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No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Engineer Interview

Engineer
Research Triangle Park, NC

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

Interview Details – Cisco system pretty good

Interview Question – STP   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

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Engineer
San Jose, CA

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 Question – what is the automqtion experience   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Engineering Interview

Engineering
Austin, TX

I applied online and 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 Question – * 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
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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Engineering Interview

Engineering
San Jose, CA

I applied through college or university and 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

Average Interview

Engineer Interview

Engineer
San Jose, CA

I applied through an employee referral and 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 Question – Find the canonical form of a line   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Engineering Interview

Engineering
San Jose, CA

I applied online and 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 Question – how differently would you approach a hardware design problem as against a software problem?   Answer Question


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Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

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Engineering Interview

Engineering
Milpitas, CA

I applied through an employee referral and 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.
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