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- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Cisco Systems (Singapore (Singapore)).
Long, too many interviews and interviewers, and overdone. Too many interviews make you feel it is to cover their backside in case wrong hire. Had 7-9 interviews. Interviewers were knowledgeable and polished. Process took about 2-3 months.
- - Standard questions, product knowledge questions, situational handling questions. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Cisco Systems (Singapore (Singapore)).
Worked with internal recruiters which have since left
Overall interview experience was positive with 5+ interviews taking place.
- Not big on crazy questions like some tech companies, overall normal question base. Answer Question
Difficulty was with the negotiations for package, internal recruiters was reading from a sheet to sell benefits of the company, even though many did not apply to my situation. When I tried to dispute some of the benefits that recruiter was telling me about, I was told off and ended up having to deal with hiring manager. Internal recruiting team is much stronger now, probably as result of others similar to my experience.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Cisco Systems (Singapore (Singapore)) in June 2013.
Experience in handling wireless projects. Best WINS. Best Losses. Telephone interviews from multiple locations. Outcome unknown till the end. Lots of internal people applying for same post so be prepared for a very tough interview path ahead.
- Quota and Achievements. Likes and Dislikes Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university – interviewed at Cisco Systems (Singapore (Singapore)) in December 2012.
First I had to submit a video for two mins, later i got a call for a phone interview which is mainly based on basic networking and behavioral questions. Finally I was called for a assessment center round which is one full day at the cisco industry. I am still waiting for their response.
- Role PLay is very difficult so do all your research and ask as many questions as possible, be conversational. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 6+ weeks – interviewed at Cisco Systems (Singapore (Singapore)) in November 2012.
1. Video Submission
2. Phone Interview
3. Assessment Center (Competency based interview, role play, written test, presentation)
- The most difficult part is role play: Gathering requirements from the customer during an initial sales meeting Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
interviewed at Cisco Systems (Singapore (Singapore)) in December 2011.
There are a total of 7 Interviews. It involves all the stakeholders which you will be working with.
- What are the challenges you face and how did you overcome them. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 2+ weeks – interviewed at Cisco Systems (Singapore (Singapore)) in May 2011.
Bad experience, the recruiter only wanted to close the requisition rather than being helpful in any way.
- Questions were not up to the mark. Answer Question
It happened with the hiring manager who was much better than the recruiter.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Cisco Systems (Singapore (Singapore)) in May 2011.
Very stringent but is good to shortlist the right experienced candidate. between 5-9 rounds of interviews. Went through 5 rounds of interviews comprising interviewers from Sales, engineering, business development etc. Cramped 3 rounds of interview in a single days which is quite taxing.
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at Cisco Systems (Singapore (Singapore)) in January 2011.
* First is typical skills test kinda interview where I was tested for technical competency
* Second is little bit general and more about business, customer (Cisco's customers) requirements, business dealings, converting business requirements in to technical requirements etc
* Third is with Technical Director & other Directors. Focus is on personality, business acumen, cultural things etc
* Final is HR & CXO on compensation, long term goals etc.
- * Cisco's customer was offered a "free network swap out " by a competitor. How would you compete the "Free" vs "Paid" offer and convince Customer to stay or buy Cisco products Answer Question
I'd rate extremely negative. HR sucks big time as the response often took weeks if not months. Most of times the answers are vague and not direct (e.g. If I requested to find about bonus plans etc, and the reply was "bonus is good if you perform" instead of some numbers..
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Cisco Systems (Singapore (Singapore)) in April 2010.
I had 2 phone interviews. The first one was behaviorial and the second was a little technical+behavioral. But both interviews were conducted in such a way that I felt comfortable throughout. Then I had a assessment center invitation, which consisted of : 1. Presentation 2. Role play simulation 3. Technical Interview. Presentation was on a topic they gave beforehand. Role play consisted of an individual selling the product(decided beforehand) and Technical Interview was based on documentation provided beforehand. I felt the assessment was conducted in a very comfortable setting, i never felt out of place. I also got an opportunity to interact with assesors and interview conductors during lunch, i think that interaction helped my case a lot. Personally, my role play was horrible. my presentation was ok. It was a 10 minute presentation and 5 minute QA, but when i presentated, I finished my presentation in 5 minutes and they gave me a 10 minute QA. I should give a warning, all questions asked on presentation were very difficult, and thought provoking questions. Which in nature of itself was very interesting to me, and I answered in a discussion type of way. My technical interview was perfect. They told me that it would 2 weeks before they get back to me. To all who are preparing for this interview, prepare hard for role play. That holds of weight.
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