Interviewed at Cisco Systems
Interview Details – Very methodical but long. I interviewed with 8 including the HR person. Of the 7 was my hiring manager and the rest were at either Director or at the VP level, Felt confident after I got selected
Interview Question – Several case studies. Also one VP was a bit cynical as to what difference I could make, but after thorough deliberation and explanation and my insights he was all smiley and opened up :) Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in July 2011.
Interview Details –
The interviews were though Visual Tele-conference with 2 management VPs, and it was a very pleasant experience. They asked me questions regarding leadership, future career goal, team spirit as well as my understanding about management.
One of the VPs even replied my thank you letter, and I was really happy about his kindness. During the entire interview, their attitude were very nice, which relieved a lot of my pressure.
Interview Question – What's the biggest risk you've ever taken in your past life? How's the outcome? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – It is really important to research your own market value before reaching out to the hiring manager for a negotiation.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Cisco Systems in November 2009.
Interview Details – Had an initial phone interview with the hiring manager. Then had in-person interviews with four people and another round with two more people. They were good at providing a schedule of who I would be speaking with but seemed to have a bit of trouble scheduling everyone for one day instead of two. Overall, the interviews were average in tone, questions asked and initial impressions. I did however find it surprising that I got to my interview to be told, the hiring manager would be changing and they were not sure who the position I was interviewing for would report to or what the role would do exactly. Not sure why they had me interview for a role they were not sure they needed or really knew how to use. Overall, it was interview practice since the role really didn't seem to be a real one.
Interview Question – Describe a project that you managed from beginning to end. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems.
Interview Details – Many interviews unless they have budget to use before losing head count.
Interview Question – Just too long and processing and too many interviewers and managers that are afraid to make decisions Answer Question
Negotiation Details – quick and easy
I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Cisco Systems.
Interview Details – Very very long, the background check took just as long. Interviewed with the same person several times thinking it would be a second round but found it to be an extended first.
Interview Question – Not really a question but there was a lot of uncertainty in knowing where in the process things stood. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – If you have the luxury, press for as much as you can.
I applied through other source and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Cisco Systems in June 2012.
Interview Details – Intial call with HR, others in the hiring area, then the hiring manager. Many of the phone calls were around what my experience and why did I think I was a good fit. Some interviews were very casual some were very formal with specific questions around technical knowledge, philosphy around customer satisfaction, working with others, travel, experience with P&L management, what I know about the company, etc. The face to face phase of the interviews was more about whether or not I would make a good fit in the environment. The final stage was salary expectations and negotiating relocation package. Over all it was a good experience but it took a long time and it was difficult to figure out what to expect next.
Interview Question – Describe how you would deal with a customer who has a bad perception or negative experience with (company name), and is unwilling to meet with you View Answer
Negotiation Details – it took about 3 weeks, but my hr person and hiring manager were very open and willing to work with me within the boundries of company policy. Over all it was very good.
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