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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

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I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Cisco Systems in August 2008.

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

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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

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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.

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I applied through other source and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Cisco Systems in October 2008.

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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