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Software QA Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
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 Questions
  • How would you write an program to draw different bicycle?   Answer Question
Accepted Offer

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    Software Engineer QA Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview Details

    Took a long time to decide multiple interviews

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Software/QA Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software QA Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baltimore, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baltimore, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 1. hardest situation in your past projects
      2. what makes you stand out
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Software QA Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • Detailed working of QoS (various policing and shaping techniques)   Answer Question
    Reasons 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.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Software QA Engineer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • Nothing I can think of. Most of the questions were straightforward.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software QA Engineer Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 daysinterviewed 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 Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Software QA Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Cisco Systems in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    I applied for the position (in the videoconferencing business unit) following the recommendation of a family friend. The only interview was an on-site 1:1 with my then-future manager. I was fresh out of school, so she didn't ask much except basic questions about my skills. I received the offer by phone a few days later.

    Interview Questions
    • She asked how much experience I had with scripting languages.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't try to negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Software Engineer - QA 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 2 weeksinterviewed 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.

    Interview Questions
    • How will you go about building and testing the hubble telescope in the lab?   View Answer
    • How will you find a closed loop in an infinitely large graph?   Answer Question
    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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software QA Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore (India)
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a weekinterviewed at Cisco Systems in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    There was a written test initially. There were 3 sections namely C, networking and Testing. After this, there was face-to-face interview with 3 senior people.

    Interview Questions
    • I was actually from ECE background and knew little about networking. They started asking about networking   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Since i had little experience prior to that, i just accepted whatever was mentioned.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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