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Updated Nov 18, 2014
Updated Nov 18, 2014
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Senior 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 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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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Cisco Systems in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    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).

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Location is not good for my personal reasons.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    • In general, how does an IP stack process a received packet?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Software Engineer 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 a dayinterviewed at Cisco Systems in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    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;

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Cisco Systems in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Cisco Systems in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Cisco Systems in August 2008.

    Interview Details

    ->try to be a good presenter
    -> able to explain past experience
    ->some c and linux

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    was difficult to raise much
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Cisco Systems in March 2008.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Not interesting and challenging.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First round was not bad. Only a single tech lead was there asking basic C programming questions. Second round was bot of long and painful. 3 1+ hours sessions with 2 guys with some of them being the hiring manager. Technical questions and soft skill questions alternating. Some of the questions could be tricky such as recursive C functions.

    Overall you can see they are looking for good C programmer which can do their work.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you resolved conflicts when you and your peer doesn't agree on the technical solution?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview

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