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Updated Aug 19, 2014
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Technical Marketing Engineer Interview

Technical Marketing Engineer
San Jose, CA

I applied through other source and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Cisco Systems in February 2010.

Interview Details – The hiring process is a bit intense. I came to Cisco via an acquisition and still went through a rather thorough interview process. I was interviewed by, HR 3 Director level folks across BU's as well as the hiring manager. Most questions were around culture, values and work ethic.

Interview Question – What did I think about returning to a technical position. I had thought they would keep me in sales but they based the decision on years of experience   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Pretty straight forward, The salary was lower than expected and I was able to add a signing bonus that was paid in two payments, the first was after 6 months and the second was after one year of acceptable service.

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

IT Analyst Intern Interview

IT Analyst Intern
San Jose, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in October 2011.

Interview Details – Behavioral interview was fun, like a conversation. Strengths & weaknesses, "tell me about a time when..." Their interview process is good -- they have people in the roles you're interviewing for interview you because they volunteer to. Often they are recent grads of the school you go to. They recruit IT interns pretty heavily at my school, so it was a fun experience.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you faced conflict in a team. ----- Try not to badmouth anyone! Just be honest and use the STAR technique so your stories are going somewhere.   Answer Question

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Program Manager II Interview

Program Manager II
San Jose, CA

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems.

Interview Details – I first had a phone interview where I spoke with two people for about 30 min. This call was fairly simple where they wanted to get my view on my skills, education and experience and how it would relate to the job expectations. That was followed by a group in-person interview with about three people. This lasted about an hour and they went into more depth about the position, the group and the functions of the organization as a whole. The final interview was then scheduled with the hiring manager and director of the group. The questions here were targeted towards confirming if I was indeed the right person for the position. How would I feel if X happened . . . what is your comfort level with X . . . how would you describe yourself, etc. I believe they were trying to determine how well I would integrate with the team, etc.

Interview Question – All interviews were pretty traditional in scope with no surprises or "hard questions" from my perpsective. They want details, clear examples of what your accomplishments, etc.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – The offer was very satisfactory to me although I did negotiate for a bit higher salary.

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Software Engineer II Interview

Software Engineer II
San Jose, CA

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

Interview Details – There would be around 4-5 webex interviews which includes the HR interview which will be taken by the manager.

Interview Question – Questions are pretty simple. Just be through with your networking protocols and operating systems. The programming questions will be straight forward.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Very rarely you will get a chance to talk to the HR. Rather the negotiation will be done with your manager.

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Security Software Engineer Interview

Security Software Engineer

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in March 2014.

Interview Details – I gave a recruiter my information and resume during a career fair. After about 3 weeks, a recruiter contacting me by email to schedule a phone interview. After the phone interview, which lasted about 30 minutes, I was up for a technical interview. They asked a series of simple programming questions with two bigger questions where you had to program two short functions. One being to reverse a linked list.

Interview Question – Reversing a linked list   View Answer

Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Contract Negotiator Interview

Contract Negotiator
San Jose, CA

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

Interview Details – Had a 7 person panel interview, followed by an interview by HR at 9:30 p.m. HR offered an excessively low salary (less than half of my previous salary), and when I informed HR of that, their response was "Well, maybe this isn't where you want to work, then."

Interview Question – What is demurrage?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Cisco was very arrogant in their HR/negotiation process, and came in with very low salaries, confident that their stock options were a huge draw; wheras the stock price dropped immediately after being hired, and never recovered (for 12 years!), which made compensation extremely low, and Cisco never tried to correct that.

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer
Columbia, MD

I applied in-person and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in February 2014.

Interview Details – They have very standard process of interview.

Interview Question – How would you build a intrusion detection system for 300Gbps network traffic?
What kind of data storage system might be useful in such case?
  Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Offer was pretty standard.

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Sales BDM Interview

Sales BDM

Interviewed at Cisco Systems

Interview Details – People management experience. Ability to manage under unexpected situations. Diversity.

Negotiation Details – 6 people interview. Only one negative keeps you out.

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Finance Analyst Interview

Finance Analyst
San Jose, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in December 2010.

Interview Details – I joined the Finance Rotation Program for Undergrad. It consisted of 1 phone interview, and 1 onsite interview. Questions were not technical, but rather more behavioral. Wanted to see why I was interested in Finance and Cisco in general.

Interview Question – Why Cisco?   Answer Question

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Customer Service Specialist Interview

Customer Service Specialist

I applied through college or university - interviewed at Cisco Systems in October 2012.

Interview Details – Campus Recruiting, Campus Interview, Virtual Interview with Panel, Onsite Interview.

Interview Question – What qualities will contribute to your success with this position?   Answer Question

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