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Senior Software Engineer Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 7 weeks – interviewed at Cisco Systems (Austin, TX) in July 2012.
Contacted by recruiter thru LinkedIn then 30 min phone screening by him and after few days 30 min phone call with hiring manager. He then told me on the phone itself that he would like me to come for onsite interviews. After a week I got date/time set up for 4 onsite interview(3 half an hour and one 1 hour group discussion).2 pure technical interviews other 2 mix of behavioral and technical questions.
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week – interviewed at Cisco Systems (Research Triangle Park, NC) in April 2012.
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.
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I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ week – interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in March 2012.
Because Cisco merges many companies, different groups rely on their own HR/HM to find candidates. Therefore, you have to submit the applications to many positions. Campus interview is a good way to go. My interviews involved three rounds of technical phone interviews. All the programming questions, from data structure to how to use the debugger. They soon gave the offer (a reasonable good one).
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Reasons for Declining
Location is not good for my personal reasons.
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks – interviewed at Cisco Systems (Milpitas, CA) in February 2012.
My friend submiited my resume. 2 weeks later, A recruter called me and talked for 20 minutes. He said someone would contact me in one week. I am still waiting.
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took a day – interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in June 2011.
been asked for the background knowledge;
been tested with C++ skills;
been tested with Java skills
been tested with protocols;
did not answer all the question correctly;
there were 5 rounds interviews;
took one day;
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I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Cisco Systems in January 2011.
phone interview is followed by onsite interview. onsite interview contains questions from computer science algorithm books. for j2ee positions, j2ee component based questions are asked.
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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in May 2010.
Engineer called for a phone-screen. Nothing technical just questions about resume. 1 day later recruiter emailed me to set up on-site. It was with 6 people, including the Hiring Manager, another manager and their manager. Lots of questions about previous experience. Questions about Priority Inversion, priority inheritance,semaphores. Simple C++ concept questions.
Senior Software Engineer InterviewNo OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy InterviewNo OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took a day – interviewed at Cisco Systems (Santa Clara, CA) in October 2009.
I see the position on the Cisco career website. Submitted my resume and fill out the forms. Got a phone interview a couple weeks later and then schedule a on-site next week. It is a technical interview and I did a lot of white-board coding. The questions are not difficult (like reverse a link list). But the manager pays a lot attention to the details. For example, how you optimize a couple statement and what variable naming scheme you use. Overall it is not a tough interview. I think I am qualified for the position but I am not the type of developer the manager is looking for.
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Senior Software Engineer InterviewAccepted OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy InterviewAccepted OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Cisco Systems (Austin, TX) in August 2008.
->try to be a good presenter
-> able to explain past experience
->some c and linux
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was difficult to raise much
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days – interviewed at Cisco Systems (Santa Clara, CA) in March 2008.
Questions weren't too hard, all solvable with given time. People were friendly. Study algorithms, C/C++ coding, and math proofs. Study a lot of sample interviews online, especially acetheinterview.com and careercup.com. These sites have user inputted real interview questions that can help you. Also study brain teasers.
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Reasons for Declining
Not interesting and challenging.
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