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Updated Jul 9, 2014
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Software Engineer III
Bangalore (India)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems India in May 2011.

Interview Details – The interview includes 1-2 written rounds of basic networking concepts, 3-5 Technical Interview based on your expertise. It helps to have any of the Cisco Certifications including CCNA, CCNP or CCIE. The technical rounds are followed by a Manager round and an HR round which might take time upto a week. The Manager round can also include technical questions.

Interview Question – C Code for mindbender game played on desktop   Answer Question


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Software Engineer III
Bangalore (India)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems India in July 2010.

Interview Details – I had 3 rounds of technical interview and 2 rounds of non technical interview where project and my work related things are discussed. Technical includes testing my embedded knowledge, basic networking concepts, Operating System and Data structure

Interview Question – Puzzles like findings a duplicate number in a array of 100 filled with 0 to 99 randomly and one number is duplicated. Need to write a efficient and fast algorithm to find the duplication.   Answer Question


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Software Engineer III
Bangalore (India)

I applied in-person - interviewed at Cisco Systems India in January 2010.

Interview Details – 2 Telephonic round followed by 3 face to face interviews.


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Software Engineer III Interview

Software Engineer III
Bangalore (India)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Cisco Systems India in January 2013.

Interview Details – process wa quick, but interview was tough to clear

Interview Question – about RR   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – could not negotiate much


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Software Engineer III
Bangalore (India)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Cisco Systems India in April 2010.

Interview Details – 3 to 4 rounds. Started with telephonic screening, Face-to-Face and 1 from US Senior member/Manager.
Telephonic screening includes discussion on projects worked.
Face-to-Face : Started with aptitude questions. More technical discussions on project worked and requirement.
Call from US : Technical discussion.
HR round on Phone call

Interview Question – Data structures algorithms
SystemC internals
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Software Engineer III Interview

Software Engineer III
Bangalore (India)

I applied in-person - interviewed at Cisco Systems India in May 2009.

Interview Details – how does a router work?

Interview Question – how to build up a data center   Answer Question


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Software Engineer III Interview

Software Engineer III
Bangalore (India)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Cisco Systems India.

Interview Details – Interview process comprises of multiple rounds. Initial screening round was through telephonic interview and later followed by multiple one on one rounds at the Cisco Campus in Bangalore.

Since the position was for dev test engineer, so interview rounds were focused on software validation concepts, software programming as well automation using scripting languages. Automation interview was more focused toward automation in networking domain. Subsequently interview by dev test manager was also done and it was also an entire technical round.

Interview Question – There were multiple projects with in the same group, and question was asked which group would you prefer to work and why?   Answer Question


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Software Engineer III Interview

Software Engineer III
Bangalore (India)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Cisco Systems India in August 2008.

Interview Details – Recruitment of fresh grads through campus interviews from top collegs/universities.
For experienced there are about 4 to 6 rounds of technical interviews and then managerial/HR interview.

Interview Question – what are you expecting from this and what kind of contribution we can expect from you.... they look for a very good and convincing answer.   View Answer


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Software Engineer III Interview

Software Engineer III
Bangalore (India)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Cisco Systems India in April 2009.

Interview Details – Hiring process is very simple.You need to be good at C programming and should be able to write small programs without mistakes.Should posses a good knowledge systems and how things work in a system

Interview Question – nothing unexpected   View Answer

Negotiation Details – not much negotiation


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Software Engineer III Interview

Software Engineer III
Bangalore (India)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Cisco Systems India in June 2012.

Interview Details – 1 telephone round and 4 telepresence rounds.

Interview Question – Telephonic round: (1 hour)
1)Mostly about the previous projects.
2)Some technical questions based on the projects.

Telepresence rounds:

1st round:
1)Discussed about projects.
2)Five raliway stations A B C D E are there. The train goes only in forwarding direction. Given ticket costs between any two stations. All the ticket costs will be positive. How do you find the minimum cost of ticket between two stations.I gave recursive algorithm. Alternative improved solution is bottom approach, I wrote that algorithm later.

2nd round:
1)TCP/IP protocol layers. Give protocols for each layer.
2)Preamble bits. Purpose?
3)ARP protocol
4)When do switch broadcast the packets.
5)Difference between TCP and UDP.
6)How TCP connection establishment happens.
5)program to convert from little endian to big endian
6)what are the different areas present in address space of process.
7)Where does global variable, static variables, mallac memory, local variables gets allocated in this areas.
8)volatile variable. Its purpose.

3rd round:
1)virtual memory
2)kernel space vs user space
3)paging
4)segmentation
5)interrupt context vs process context
6)DMA.
7)How do you find whether machine is little endian or big endian.
8)About projects

4th round:
1)What are your strenths.
2)What are your weaknesses.
3)Why should we hire you?
4)Explained about their work and asked What technical knowledge you bring to team if we hire you?
5)Salary expectations.
6)Are you willing to relocate?

HR process is very slow. HR intially said i cleared the tech interviews and they are interested to give offer and later no call from them about the offer. After making 3 to 4 calls to HR, they said about no offer. Eventhough Tech interviews are good, as the HR are not responsive, i had overall negative experience.
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