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Cisco Systems Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
All Interviews Received Offers

Getting an Interview  

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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Senior Manager Interview

Senior Manager

Interviewed at Cisco Systems

Interview Details – atleast 5 rounds of interviews, many follow up conversations, need to chase the HR team often, interviews are courteous and professionally handled, whole process takes forever to complete, salary negotiation can take some time

Interview Question – technical   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer

Interviewed at Cisco Systems

Interview Details – Easiest Interview I ever did. No technical questions were asked. The interviewer seemed bored and completely unprepared. Did not put in any energy prior to the interview preparing for it,


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer

Interviewed at Cisco Systems

Interview Details – I was hired more than 10 years ago so I don't remember what exactly it was anymore. It was something like being interviewed by at least 5 engineers and then managers. Questions mostly on C and C++.

Interview Question – C++ inheritance   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Systems Administrator Interview

Systems Administrator

I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Cisco Systems in February 2010.

Interview Details – Interview process was in a group setting of 15 people whom would potential peers and stakeholders. Questions ranged from completely technical to personal hobbies to aspiration once I was hired. They initially scheduled for 1 hour

Interview Question – Tell us about yourself and your weaknesses and why we should hire you. And what would you like to know about us or the job?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – no negotiation, told them what I was making, wanted a ~20% increase.
Showed paystub from other employer.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Software Engineer II Interview

Software Engineer II
Kanata, ON (Canada)

I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in April 2012.

Interview Details – One round of phone screening
3-4hrs of second round technical (on-site)
3-4 sessions, each sessions -> 40-60min
2-3 interviewers each session, multiple technical questions, but only fundamental questions

40% C programming
30% OS
20% TCP/IP network questions
10% behavior/previous experience

The interview was long, so most of the important knowledge points will be covered.
There is no weird questions, most questions are straightforward. Be careful on the details. Interviewer would judge based on your thinking process and your ability to deal with the details..

Interview Question – Write code to implement a Binary search. Then construct a Binary search tree. Talk about AVL tree. Describe the difference between binary semaphore and mutex.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – HR will call you


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Cisco Systems in April 2014.

Interview Details – got a call from manager went over CV arranged for a interview through webex. Talked asked about my current experience and threads, dead locks, datastructures, css, javascript basic questions, asked to write double linked list program, string reversal, they would accept any language you are comfortable in.

Interview Question – String concatination, how canyou write a better concatination with out using existing menthods like .concat etc... can a dead lock happen with three threads, the job description has nothing to do with these questions. The concentration was on basics of programming, was asked to write doule linked list program...if you are comfortable with sting programs and linked list concepts it is very easy to crack...   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

IT Analyst Interview

IT Analyst

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Cisco Systems in October 2010.

Interview Details – Career Fair Introduction led to 1st round interview within two weeks. Second round interviews were held a month later at the company as a day-long event with 3 total interviews in a room with all the other candidates - each of us sat at a separate desk across a separate interviewer. We were let know of our status 2-3 weeks later.

Interview Question – There weren't any technical questions only situational & behavioral. Most were regarding how I'd fit in with the culture and my personality.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Technical Sales Interview

Technical Sales

I applied through college or university and interviewed at Cisco Systems.

Interview Details – There was an initial screening interview discussing basic career questions and asking about future plans and why Cisco, etc. The second round interview was with the manager and it was over the phone and very informal. Half the questions were behavioral and half of them were technical.

Interview Question – Tell me everything you know about networking.   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Intern - Hourly Interview

Intern - Hourly

I applied through college or university - interviewed at Cisco Systems in February 2014.

Interview Details – One interview with two interviewers. They asked about my past research projects that are related to their current projects, which I showed in the CV. They also asked about implementation issues and what kind of implementation experience I had.

Interview Question – Typical research issues and impementation issues. No very detailed questions were asked.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Business Analyst Interview

Business Analyst
San Jose, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems.

Interview Details – I had three interviews, first is phone interview, and the second one is an assignment ,the last one is on site interview. The first interview was basically talking about my past experience and hearing her talking about the company and her job. The second one was a data analytic task , that is a bunch of dummy data and present your findings in ppt send it back to Cisco. The last one is an onsite interview, with three people. That is a little challenge. But they are nice people and no tough question. Just tell them you expertise and past experience. To be honest , if they trust what you told them, they will probably bring you on board.

Interview Question – Everything went pretty smooth.   Answer Question

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