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Updated Mar 28, 2014
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I applied through college or university - interviewed at Cisco Systems India in October 2011.

Interview Details – Many rounds of interview. Min. 4-5 rounds + HR round. Questions include OSI layer, functions of various layers, struct and union, macros, bit shifting, padding, bit wise operations, routing protocols, dhcp, nat, ipv4, ipv6.

Interview Question – Puzzles   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Very slow

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I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems India in August 2012.

Interview Details – First will be a phone screen where they'll ask you questions on basic data structure to test your grasp on linked list, trees etc. If you clear that , you'll be invited for a face to face interview which will last for an entire day consisting of 4 technical rounds grilling you in data structures (linked list, tress, hash tables), operating system concepts and finally if all goes well you'll talk to a manager. Learn all the different tricks possible in a linked list. Helps big time!

Interview Question – Not very complex questions. WAP to check if your machine is big endian or little endian. Not tough but tricky if you haven't come across this question earlier.   Answer Question

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Vāranāsi (India)

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Cisco Systems India in February 2011.

Interview Details – Got hired on campus .
Interview during the campus round was pretty basic . reversing a doubly linked list etc.
After that he delved into networking knowledge . Made up imaginary scenario and wanted me to develop a protocol to solve it .
THe usual networking questions of what happens when you enter a url from the browser going through all n/w layers in depth

Interview Question – Dont remember exactly but went something like :
If someone has to do a live streaming to multiple countries like zambia and germany which might have incompatible internet speeds , how will you develop a protocol to stream efficiently without anyone going too out of sync
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Negotiation Details – Campus placement so no negotiations . The quoted ctc was bloated , actual in hand much less

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Software Engineer II
Bangalore (India)

The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems India in July 2012.

Interview Details – 1 Telephonic Round followed by 2 Technical Rounds. Questions were basically from Networking basics (ARP, Routing Basics, Troublesooting) and Network Security Basics (Firewall, NAT, IPS). Other questions related to your previous projects and about the general Software life cycle

Interview Question – Just brush up your Networking Concepts   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Get info about the grade that you are being hired. Negotiate well as after getting into Cisco no Significant Hike/Promotion will be there for at least 2 years

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Software Engineer II
Chennai (India)

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Cisco Systems India.

Interview Details – Saw an opening in a job portal and applied and then got the call next day from one of the consultancy. And they fixed an appointment on the next working day. Had to wait for 10 minutes in the office lobby before HR took me for the individual written test on C. After clearing that attended two back to back technical rounds by two managers and later again another round by a group of managers and then a HR round. I got the offer letter on the same day and joined after two months. This happened 6 years back and ever since I didn't leave the company.

Interview Question – Some brain teaser was an unexpected one though I answered it correctly i.e 1 out of 8 similar looking weights is odd one and need to find that in two weighings.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Should have negotiated more. Didn't have experience in negotiation then. Didn't get what I've asked for.

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Interview Details – Test + 3 Interview. Test includes aptitude + technical.
Followed by 3 technical interviews

Interview Question – Why did you choose CS as specialization   Answer Question

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Software Engineer II
Bangalore (India)

I interviewed at Cisco Systems India in September 2009.

Interview Details – Basic Java Questions and little on memory management.

Interview Question – Interview was smooth.   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Cisco Systems India.

Interview Details – usually consists of a technical written test and two rounds of interviews for freshers. Concentrate on Algorithms ,Data Structures , Networking and Operating Systems.

Interview Question – nothing in particular . Most questions were like to solve normal DS questions using Iterative and Recursive approaches.   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Cisco Systems India in December 2012.

Interview Details – On Campus Placement Process: A technical test, followed by 2 technical and 1 HR interviews. Test was of average difficulty level. Basic programming questions, Data Structures, Algorithms, Digital Electronics (flip flop, counters etc). Technical interviews checked basic programming ability and algorithmic aptitude. Mostly resume based. Asked every project listed in the resume in detail. They showed a lot of interest in the resume. HR interview was just a formality and was kept so that candidates can ask questions and clear their doubts.

Interview Question – There was nothing very difficult or unexpected. But they asked many questions depending on the resume.   Answer Question

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Kānpur, Uttar Pradesh (India)

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Cisco Systems India in December 2009.

Interview Details – Since I got the placement from Campus, there was one round of written test and only 2 rounds of interviews. First one was technical and second one was HR round. In the Technical round they asked programming questions. I remember there was one question which I solved using dynamic programming which I think the interviewers were not expecting. They were very impressed. The questions can come from anywhere related to programming concepts.

Interview Question – For me, there were no unexpected questions as such. The questions were conceptual.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Since it was thru the campus, there was no scope of negotiating. But yes, they sent the offer letters very late, almost 5 months after the campus.

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