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Cisco Systems Software Engineer II Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 29, 2014
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San Jose, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Cisco Systems in June 2012.

Interview Details – There would be around 4-5 webex interviews which includes the HR interview which will be taken by the manager.

Interview Question – Questions are pretty simple. Just be through with your networking protocols and operating systems. The programming questions will be straight forward.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Very rarely you will get a chance to talk to the HR. Rather the negotiation will be done with your manager.

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Interview Details – half an hour talking about my past project experience, no algorithm question.

Interview Question – in the end, i was caught off guard by a simple question: "if you calculate c = c+1 with 100 threads, do you need a lock? "   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university - interviewed at Cisco Systems in September 2013.

Interview Details – Was contacted after career fair for on-campus interview, was asked about my projects in detail which were listed on the resume and asked one technical question :reverse a given string which was simple

Interview Question – basic questions   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Got internship at another company

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San Jose, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in November 2013.

Interview Details – Just one round of on campus interview. Was interviewed by 2 managers simultaneously and the interview lasted for 50 minutes. Questions were based on past experience and basic programming concepts. I was asked to code in any language I was comfortable in. Got the letter of intent on the same day and offer letter after a month.

Interview Question – Questions on Java concepts and string manipulation   Answer Question

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Software Engineer II
San Jose, CA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Cisco Systems.

Interview Details – I was on campus for a day. They did not even fly me to the Bay Area, I had to purchase my own ticket. It was purely technical.

Interview Question – Reverse a linked list   Answer Question

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Software Engineer II
San Jose, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Cisco Systems in October 2013.

Interview Details – Submitted resume in jobfair and got a call after a week for an on campus interview. I was asked only behavorial questions which was very surprising. Interviewer was polite and not intimidating at all so I answered his questions calmly.

Interview Question – At last the interviewer asked what kind of a work do you wish to do at Cisco.   View Answer

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Ithaca, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Cisco Systems in October 2013.

Interview Details – Applied through College.

Just one on-campus interview - 2 interviewers. Technical Leads

General C questions (Bit manipulations etc Low level). Asked a lot about project since it was in Networking.
Behavioral questions - How do you avoid conflict; Why should we hire you

Nothing very difficult. Got the response in 3 days that I was selected

Interview Question – How to count number of ones in a binary number   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They offer standard salary to grads which is pretty good. I had some experience, So I could negotiate with ease.

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Software Engineer II
San Jose, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Cisco Systems in October 2013.

Interview Details – I was called for an interview on campus after handing over my resume in career fair. The interview was of 40 minutes where they mostly asked questions related to my previous experience and some basic networking, OS and programming questions. Got the offer after 7 days of interview

Interview Question – I didnt find anything difficult   Answer Question

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Software Engineer II

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Cisco Systems in October 2013.

Interview Details – On Campus interview. There are two interviewers for me, one is more like a management guy and one is a software engineer himself. They asked about my resume experience, and how I handle multiple projects and deadlines, and also how to deal with teammates that holds different opinions. The technical side is more about embedded systems, basic programming, operating system concepts.

Interview Question – How do you detect and avoid memory leak?   View Answers (2)

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Software Engineer II
San Jose, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems.

Interview Details – Initial phone screen and 3 rounds of webex interviews. all are technical. more programming and collections in java.

Interview Question – explain implementation of concurrentHashMap .   Answer Question

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