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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Services/Software Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    I had an initial interview with agent at Insight Global, within a week I had my first big interview with the Operations Managers of the team I am now on. Following the in person interview I had a follow up phone interview with another BOM, which lead me to my final phone interview with my current boss. The rest is history.

    Interview Questions
    • The most unexpected question I was asked was why I desired this position at Cisco with no relative background in the company.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Cisco Systems in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    call from recruiter. had 2technical interviews one for java and other for sql skills. and then on site interview with team members and manager

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    IT Services Development Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Cisco Systems in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    The process started with a request to walk the interviewer through a detailed analysis of routing from the perspective of a CCNA certification test (they didn't say that, but that is what it was). If you plan to interview, I'd recommend starting there.

    Interview Questions
    • I believe there were questions on their load balancing equipment.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software/QA Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Interview Details

    Not hugely difficult, people mostly asked me about my background and why I wanted the job. One final guy "grilled" me by asking me to explain in great detail my most recent coding project.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Customer Support Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    Team members conduct phone interview and then some of the team members will meet and interview the candidate on site. Team members have more say than the management in hiring a candidate.

    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation when I got hired.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    AS Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    Two lengthy telephone interviews. Another phone interview with contracting company. Provided work examples. Easy and uncomplicated.

    Interview Questions
    • None...everything that was asked was expected and everything I asked was answered.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I told them what I was making (history) and they gave me an even better amount.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Customer Support Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems in July 2012.

    Interview Details

    An agency contacted me about my resume on an online job seeking site. The staffing agency finds interview candidates for Cisco and prepare them to be as good a candidate as possible. My agency went above and beyond in preparing me and informing me on the interview process and what to expect. The process took very long on Cisco's end, but I soon had an in-person interview at Cisco, which I studied for for two days, reviewing all of my CCNA material and the preliminary questions the agency asked me over the phone. Overall, I over-studied and nailed every question in the interview. I was surprised at how easy the interview was for me.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Pay was determined by an agency, who offered me only $12/ hour at my initial team with promises of a raise the moment I moved to my permanent team. I had very little experience besides a paid internship, but I did have a CCNA certification, which I have noticed few people at my level of support have. In my experience, agencies always offer low with promises of a raise very soon. I encourage anyone negotiating to ask for what they believe they deserve listing their strengths and see what they can negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Solutions Architect Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Cisco Systems in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    The character and soft skills seemed to go very well, but the technical content was surprisingly tough. As one might expect, I theorize there is a minimum level of networking skill for anything beyond an entry position. Overall, I think the process was very good, but the areas where more focus would be helpful to my application are pretty clear to me.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Customer Support Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Cisco Systems in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    Well my cisco journey began with an email from the TAC member on May24th. JUL 20th and I was contacted by this TAC had an 1hr 30min interview with him. Then I was contacted by a engineer and had a 15min interview now all I have left is 2 interviews.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Cisco Systems in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    Initial contact was made by recruiter. The hiring manager subsequently went out of town for a week. That's why it took ten days. There was no phone prescreen; I only did an on-site interview.

    I met with the software manager, who would also be making the hiring decision, in her office. She told me a little bit about the team and what was she trying to accomplish with building the team. Shortly thereafter, the tech lead joined us in her office.

    The tech lead asked me to go over my previous job(s). He had some light technical questions, which were all easy to answer. This took maybe half an hour. After that, the tech lead left, and I spent another 20 minutes or so talking to the manager alone about the team and their processes.

    The Cisco campus is pretty big. They have a cafeteria, a gym, volleyball courts, etc. It's easy to see why they make the Best Places to Work list regularly. The atmosphere is pretty laid back. The development manager was wearing shorts and a Mickey Mouse t-shirt. The tech lead was wearing jeans and sandals. They also seemed pretty flexible when it came to work-life balance issues.

    I wanted the job, but they said I was "overqualified". Since the interview was through a recruiter, they knew my rate before they set up the interview, so I don't think "overqualified" means "too expensive" in this case.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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