Cisco Systems Senior Software Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Feb 4, 2015
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Senior Software Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Interview

Pretty Straight forward, telephonic interview with an engineer. If that does well there will be an onsite interview for about 3-4 hours with different team members. The results can be after one week or it might take some time depending upon the companies hiring state. Sometime it can be as fast as 2 days and sometimes if the position is frozen there won't be any news :-(.

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Pretty smooth. Had a phone interview with hiring manager and team member. Then onsite with members of team. Very pleasant attitude. More a discussion of past projects and current technologies. Recruiter was pretty prompt and easy to communicate with. Had a chance to speak with the director as well before accepting offer. Overall a good experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing unexpected. Mostly about past experience and project details.   Answer Question
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    had 10 hours of interview 5 hours each. questions were not difficult everything in the areas of data structures, OS fundamentals and c programming. Interviewed for development engineer and the its a 1:1 type interview where each interviewer spends 1 hr with me. They started asking C-programming questions the 2nd minute itself. all the interviewers are really nice and friendly, except one person who acted very weird, showing attitude as if Cisco is standing just because of him, working on his laptop, replying emails, saying "shoot..", come on.. etc etc . I did not had a mood to answer him.

    Interview Questions

    • the hiring manager sitting next to me and asking me to write a c program on his laptop, which I did not expect.   Answer Question
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in July 2014.

    Interview

    I have passed one phone interview, and two onsite technical interviews.
    Last person i spoke with was department director, some indian guy with a lot of complexes.
    He kept saying how it is important to be hard worker , and being only smart is not enough.
    Few times he pointed out that he doesn't care about my past experiences in Armenia.
    I would leave the interview before it finished, but friend of mine was also working there so i had to stay and enjoy the performance :)

    It is funny to see such big name as Cisco having such a mean directors.

    P.S. they even checked my background before talking with indian guy.

    Interview Questions

    • The longest Increasing Subsequence (LIS) problem is to find the length of the longest subsequence of a given sequence such that all elements of the subsequence are sorted in increasing order. For example, length of LIS for { 10, 22, 9, 33, 21, 50, 41, 60, 80 } is 6 and LIS is {10, 22, 33, 50, 60, 80}.   1 Answer
    • mainly implementing some well known algorithms on the board (like binary search, some three traversal problems)   1 Answer
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbia, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems (Columbia, MD) in February 2014.

    Interview

    They have very standard process of interview.

    Interview Questions

    • 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

    Offer was pretty standard.

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    No interview process. Cisco acquired our technology and we were hired with the technology.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Engineers were hired with the technology and our manager negotiated the deal for us.

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview

    First round was on-campus interview. Followed by on-site interview with 4 engineers and manager. Plenty of white boarding for clean and commented code, some brain teasers, questions revolved around arrays and linked lists. Lunch with the hiring manager towards evening. I found out about the decision in 2 weeks

    Interview Questions

    • How to reverse a linked list   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Not much

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems (Milpitas, CA).

    Interview

    It went very well They asked me question on Core Java, Spring, Struts, Web services (SOAP, REST). some Network related query i.e. SNMP protocal etc.

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in December 2012.

    Interview

    Technical Phone Screen and then in-person interview with Manager, Technical Lead and Team Member.
    Phone Screen went 45 mins, lot of technical questions on the skill set in resume.
    In In-Person interview, first manager met and descriobed bat the job, and the project. Then a technical team member - she asked quesions related to sorting algorithms, and data structures. After that Lead came and asked few technical questions and some behavioral questions.

    Interview Questions

    • make a sorted list from two sorted, asked to write the code on board.   Answer Question
    • Thread-safe singleton pattern - asked to write the code   Answer Question
    • Code to add element in doubly linked list   Answer Question
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Declined Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Mateo, CA).

    Interview

    Phone screen + 5 rounds of tech interview (45 min each) + interview with Hiring Manager( ~1hr)

    Interview Questions

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