Cisco Systems Interview Questions

Updated Jul 29, 2015
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    Senior Director - Sales Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems (Chicago, IL) in May 2015.

    Interview

    One of the best interview processes I have gone through. Hiring manager twice, other senior executives across the company (total of 5) once - all of the interviews were in-depth on both my background, and the potential value-add I could bring to Cisco. Even though I was not chosen, I advanced through the process to the end and came away with a number of senior level connections at Cisco that will continue beyond the interview cycle. Overall, a phenomenal process - compliments to Cisco on their structure and adhering to a quality framework for selecting senior candidates.

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    • Based on your experience and skill sets, how would you add true, measurable value to Cisco in the position?   Answer Question
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    Creative Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview

    phone screening as initial phase. contacted for interview by third party vendor. Once past that stage, then full time cisco staff interview in third round. was contacted by vendor in final stage regarding acceptance

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    Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems (Raleigh, NC) in May 2015.

    Interview

    It was two technical round and one HR round. The interviewer was friendly and personable.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    There was an initial application process, then a phone interview. The second round interview took the form of a short video conference interview. The interviews were fairly informal and mostly about background experience.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your experience in presenting technical information in a non-technical way?   Answer Question
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    Hardware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview

    Phone call. Talked about what they do and what I like to do to get a feel for the work. Discussed mainly coursework and projects, Very enjoyable conversation with a smart, down to earth manager. Very personable. The call lasted about 45 mins. The manager told me about his background and the company background as well.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me what you studied in your classes. What did you do for this project?   1 Answer
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview

    WORST interview experience ever. It started with a referral for application level position. Got an email requesting time for phone interview. After, deciding that got call from the same engineer that they have to fill the requistion so you will have to come onsite this week. So I rescheduled other interviews and went for the interview. When I reached the building my point of contact was not reachable. I waited in the lobby for 15 minutes and a gentleman from completely different team came and said I will interview you for my team. So from application team to a low level embedded team, what a jump. One of the interview asked me what is the balanced tree. I started explaining about the height and how difference in the height gets to the balanced tree. I was shocked to learn that interviewer's definition of balanced tree was a binary search tree. After explaining the interviewer and interviewer searching on the web for 5 minutes said there are these two definitions of the balanced tree and let's move on. One interviewer was very rigid about the hash chaining implementation. They wanted specific answers to specific questions rather than the thought process. The whole process was wierd.

    Interview Questions

    • Question whether the binary tree is balanced?   1 Answer
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview

    Hard interview, asked in depth questions about operating system internals and obscure data structures. Disconnect between what was posted on the listing and what the actual interview questions covered. Other than the questions the interviewers were nice and courteous. If I had expected questions on object oriented programming I would have done better.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Cisco Systems (San Diego, CA).

    Interview

    First one with hiring manager, second with technical manager. They were both phone interviews. The first went well, but the second was terrible. I was told that it would take about half an hour and it ended up being over two. I felt like I was just being read a list of words to see if I could define. Kept being asked oop questions even though I kept mentioning my strength was in functional programming. I felt sort of mocked at the end, like no matter what I said it would be incorrect

    Interview Questions

    • Awful, 1hour+ of questions ranging from ood principles to Linux to c++/c to networks to Python. Also got asked what books I read to "keep current"   Answer Question
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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview

    Email contacted me after application. Then one on one, behavioral and technical questions, about 75% technical questions, linked lists, internet protocols, bit manipulation, Unix, courses taken, personal projects, SQL/database experience, why this job, my skill set.

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    Product Sales Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems (Chicago, IL) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a Cisco recruiter for the position through LinkedIn and I had a screening discussion with her. Initial interview with the remote hiring manager by phone, then several WebEx video interviews with potential Cisco peers and another manager. Final interview in person with the hiring manager who flew into town for other meetings. Despite several attempts to reach the hiring manager to find out what the decision was he ignored both emails I sent and voice mails I left him. Obviously I did not get the job by his silence. Not happy about being contacted by THEIR recruiter and wasting so much time on preparing for the interviews then being rudely ignored by the hiring manager. I will not consider Cisco in the future.

    Interview Questions

    • Most of the questions were to test for a basic knowledge of software defined networks and the underlying technologies associated with SDN.   Answer Question

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