Cisco Systems Software Engineer IV Interview Questions & Reviews

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Software Engineer IV Interview

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Interview Details

Initial phone interview followed by onsite. The onsite interview is split among four different individuals and the interviews are coordinated such that you are not asked the same questions multiple times. Cisco uses behavioral interviewing -- meaning that they are looking for practical experience from your past to demonstrate your answers, not just theoretical "what would I do if...." type answers.

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    Software Engineer IV Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First, I talked to hiring manager and two people from the team over the phone. Then I traveled to job location for half day interview with 6-7 team members and managers. Then hiring manager called and made an offer. The culture is excellent at cisco. They manage to keep the startup culture and treat you as human.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I had negotiated in salary and they accepted. cisco tends to offer less base salary in exchange for stock options, but this was valid before 2001 bubble burst.
    Accepted Offer
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    Software Engineer IV Interview

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

    I interviewed online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Cisco Systems in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    I applied for this job through Cisco's external website. As a former Cisco employee I found it easy to get phone screens, interviews, and job offers with multiple groups. When I showed up at the interview it was almost as if they had already decided to hire me. I met the hiring manager, who talked about the position at length. We spent most of the time discussing my background and interests and also went for a lab tour. I also met a tech lead and another manager but it was more of a conversation than an interview. Also met the director (see below).

    Interview Questions
    • Since I was a former Cisco employee there were no difficult questions. The director did try to play some sort of personality quiz with me by asking me to describe 3 adjectives that would describe me (typical psychological mumbo-jumbo).   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I wasn't able to negotiate anything. That being said the offer was very competitive.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Software Engineer IV Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    very formal interview process and you get to well prepared

    Interview Questions
    • What is the most challenging of your past project and what you have contributed to this project.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    the salary is not very interesting.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Engineer IV Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    Through internship, by phone (I was oversea)
    In person in my counry

    Interview Questions
    • C code general questions
      what is the "static" keyword for in C
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    It was for an internship, no much negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Software Engineer IV Interview

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

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Cisco Systems in March 2009.

    Interview Details

    The overall interview duration was about 3 months . I first got a call for a phone screen , after this i heard back after 1 month for a second phone screen . then after 1 more month I was called for on site interview , twice .

    Interview Questions
    • Most of the questions were on java programming language , some on algorithms like write a function to print out fibonacci series   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    after the second inperson , i had other offers so i told them I will not be doing any more interviews as i need to make a decision soon, they gave me offer next day
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer IV Interview

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

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    The hiring in Cisco is pretty smooth, took about 2 weeks from the interview to offer letter. The HR and the Engineering Manager where very proactive in following up and making sure the candidate can start as quickly as possible. The interview process was quite good and lasted for 3:30 hours talking to 5 people and grueling technical interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Technically there were some difficult questions but it was food for thought. I gave my best shot.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Initial offer was negotiated and the HR came back with a most reasonable offer which I had to accept.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer IV Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Cisco Systems in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    Hiring manager called and did Phone interview and went for 5 rounds of 1-1 interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer IV Interview

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

    The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    After initial screening from HR, it took almost 1 week to get the phone interview from Hiring Manager. And after 5 days they asked for the in-person interview. Mine interview schedule was as below,
    1. HR Screening (20 mins)
    2. Hiring Manager Phone Interview Technical (1 hr)
    3. First Round in person interview Technical, met with 3 Senior Engineers, 1 Technical Lead, 1 hirining manager (4:30 Hrs)
    4. Second Round in person Interview technical, met with 4 Senior Engineers, 1 hiring manager, 1 other manager, 1 hiring manager's manager (6 hrs) [though this was planned to be a 5 hrs interview, my hiring manager kept throwing problems at me as he was the last interviewer, it took 1 hour to solve and discuss the last problem what he gave to me. He himself took 1:30 hrs of interview :) meanwhile he kept asking if I am ok for another 15 minutes :) ]
    5. Origin Country Background check since my passport was not US passport (asked for documents)
    6. Background check in US (asked for documents)
    7. Employment Verification and employment background check (hiring manager contacted 4-5 references by phone)
    8. Negotiation (took 3-4 days in negotiation itself)
    9. Acceptance of offer
    10. H-1B Visa transfer

    Interview Questions
    • most of them where data structure and OS questions   View Answer
    • problem solving skills and general technical problem solving approaches   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    You can always negotiate once the hiring manager has an offer for you. They always try to come up with the smallest possible number first for you but they always go higher so try your best for negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer IV Interview

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

    I interviewed online. The process took a day - interviewed at Cisco Systems in March 2008.

    Interview Details

    On the Phone interview, I was aksed questions mostly from my resume and background. I was asked quesions on

    1. Descrtibe RADIUS protocol in brief
    2. Describe the differences between TCP and UDP
    3. Describe the end-to-end callflow for one system you worked
    4. Threads vs Processes
    5. Task scheduling in vxWorks
     and some more questions based on my resume

    In the main interview, I had 1:1 with four people spread over the day

    1. Describe Pre-emption
    2. priorirt Inversion and how to overcome it
    3. Interrupts and ISRs
    4. How do timers work in vxWorks
    5. Semaphores
    5. Linked list vs array
    7. Trees, BSTs and when to use

    And other questions were mostly to explain on white board what all I did in my last 10 years..and design details of that and why it was designed that way etc

    Then some questions on the debugging tools I used like GDB

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    It was farily strainght forward. I asked a figure, they quoted something. After 2 rounds to going back and forth, they agreed to what I was asking.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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