Interviewed at Cisco Systems
Interview Details – It was a long interview process. Stayed there for a whole day and 3 different group of people interviewed me. There was a lot of Q&A time for me to ask different groups. This was the first year of the Cisco Choice program. Not only did I get to choose the team, but I also get to work on departments that not related to what I studied.
Interview Question – How would you write an program to draw different bicycle? Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Cisco Systems.
Interview Details – Took a long time to decide multiple interviews
Interview Question – networking question but there were not too bad Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in April 2011.
Interview Details – Whole interview process had 5 rounds. Started with phone screen which had basic question about switching. After the phone screen, there were 4 interview rounds over Webex. Each round was for 1 hour. Questions were mostly related to job responsibilities - related to routing (OSPF/BGP), switching (STP/RSTP/PVRSTP), TCP/UDP, shell scripting.
Interview Question – Nothing I can think of. Most of the questions were straightforward. Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Cisco Systems in March 2011.
Interview Details – 2 Rounds, one with the manger and one with a Current Employee.
Both the rounds were a mixture of technical and HR. L1-L4 networking protocols, focused on resume.
Asked me about extra curricular activities
Interview Question – How would you implement a MPLS VPN Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Cisco Systems in October 2012.
Interview Details – I went to their booth in the Grace Hopper Convention and got a behavioral interview.
Then I got the email to schedule a technical interview
Interview Question – 1. hardest situation in your past projects
2. what makes you stand out Answer Question
Interviewed at Cisco Systems
Interview Details – Not hugely difficult, people mostly asked me about my background and why I wanted the job. One final guy "grilled" me by asking me to explain in great detail my most recent coding project.
Interview Question – N/A Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in June 2012.
Interview Details – I contacted the recruiter via LinkedIn and got an interview call. It first was a phone interview for about 30 mins which consisted of basic L2/L3 protocols questions. Not a lot of details, just the basics of each protocol. Then I was called in for 1:1 interview which consisted of talking to 6 different people (~45 mins each). The interview was completely technical with questions from various L2/L3 protocols. I was asked to explain what I was currently working on in detail. Used the white board extensively. Most of the questions were based on my current work. Like why did you design your test topology like this? How did you test a particular protocol etc.
Interview Question – Detailed working of QoS (various policing and shaping techniques) Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Offer too less compared to the other offers I had and also heard a lot of negative things about the management of this particular BU from the other companies that I interviewed with and also from my friends at Cisco.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cisco Systems in August 2007.
Interview Details – Phone Interview - Recruiter called to schedule the time of phone interview and discuss the immigration status and such details. Nothing technical. It was followed by two phone interviews from team members . Team member interviews were very technical and also had some brain teasers thrown in.
1:1 interviews: total 6 = 1 recruiter, 4 team members and one manager. This process goes on for almost full day. Extremely technical. They will grill you on your resume, so don't even think about making things up. Longer the interviews, harder they get and better your chances of getting in. Manager's interview was fairly straightforward. Just to check if you will fit in.
Negotiation Details – Always negotiate the level and not the salary per se. A lower salary in higher pay grade is much better than higher salary in lower pay grade. Leadership experience counts a lot and so do the project management skills.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Cisco Systems in June 2010.
Interview Details – I've got a from recruiter then a phone call with hiring manager and another one with Sr. SQA Eng and in the end on-site interview
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