Cisco Systems Program Manager Interview Questions

Updated Aug 6, 2014
Updated Aug 6, 2014
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Program Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Raleigh, NC
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC
Application Details

I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in March 2014.

Interview Details

Found out about position through word of mouth from former manager. Recommendations from current and former Cisco employees is key since cultural fit is very, very important for new hires. Basic competency - ability to do the job - can be discovered pretty quickly. What cannot, and what is very important at Cisco, is "Can I work with this person?" You don't get in the door if you don't already have impressive accomplishments, grades, or recommendations. That fulfills the baseline expectation for candidates. After that it comes down to cultural and team fit.

Negotiation Details
Straightforward, matter of fact. I knew the budget for the position going in and simply worked within that.
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Internally hired from another area of the company. There were no unexpected or unusual questions posed. It was more difficult coming into the company from outside since there was more than one interview in that process.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in December 2010.

    Interview Details

    I was initially interviewed by the HR person, then the manager, then the whole management team (about 6 people).

    Interview Questions
    • I didn't find any of the questions particularly difficult.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency - interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    phone screen and one visit on site

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I got what I asked for
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Milpitas, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Milpitas, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a day - interviewed at Cisco Systems in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    Work as a contractor at Cisco and have interviewed for 6 roles in the past 10 years. Each contract has been approx 2 years. Hiring process for contractors is fairly easy.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Cisco had a freeze on GC applications at the time.
    I was being sponsored by my contracting vendor so stayed with them.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Was interviewed by 8 people

    Interview Questions
    • So why would a customer care about what you do?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    To the company's credit, it surprisingly took under a month. But that was close to 10 years ago, I have seen the process for others really start to drag out.
    Accepted Offer
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source - interviewed at Cisco Systems in February 2009.

    Interview Details

    Good process for employees coming in through an acquisition.

    Interview Questions
    • After working for a small company, how do you feel now about working for a large company?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Came over at existing salary from acquired company.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Raleigh, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    Overall I was impressed with the interview process. Everyone I spoke with-- some involved in this process, some not--spoke quite highly of Cisco and their corporate culture. I found the interviewers to be knowledgeable and well spoken. Questions were straight forward and directed at finding out my qualifications in more detail. After applying on the Cisco job board, I received a request to answer seven job-related questions. One week later I conducted my first phone interview, followed one week later by two phone interviews on the same day. One frustration was that each interviewer had one or more recruiters which added a bit of confusion, especially when they changed in the middle of coordinating a date.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a complex challenge you encountered and the process/tools you utilized to overcome it.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Interview Details

    It starts with phone interview to screen. Then you will talk with 4-5 team members. Be prepared to have WebEx meeting with video.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you worked with someone who had a different working style than you.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source - interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    Met with a couple of different hiring managers who were in competition to hire me. This was back in the days of the dot com boom. Interview questions were behavioral-based but also included asking for my opinion on strategic business decisions.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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