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Anonymous Interview Candidate in Milpitas, CA
Declined Offer
Neutral Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Milpitas, CA) in January 2008.

Interview

Had couple telephonic conversations about my resume, interests, and to improve my understanding about the position, reporting and the company. Questions on my resume and interests were pretty standard like - What different technologies I have used, Why I wanted to move, What I'm looking forward to work on, My dream job in next 5 yrs, My educational interests etc.

On site interviews were all 1:1 with 4 sr.engineers, 2 dev managers, 1 qa manager, and finally a Sr.Director. Interview was pretty technical and grilling. People were really nice. They were looking at my approach than the exactness of my answers. Their questions were highly adaptive and deeply conceptual.

Interview Questions

  • (Gave a little high-level model of packet-forwarding and shot this question - )
    What design changes would you suggest to improve the routing-speed?
    (After I gave out an answer - )
    What else are the alternative ways (Good or Bad) of achieving this? Give the major pros and cons or those approaches.   1 Answer
  • Analytical problem related to data structures -
    Something like - A mouse and xxx (maybe tortoise) started running in opposite directions on a 100 mile highway. Mouse made stops for this and that, and some numbers for times-spent. These numbers are some relative to those of tortoise too. The final question is how many times would the mouse have ran each way, before the tortoise completed one round.   1 Answer

Other Interview Reviews for Cisco Systems

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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in April 2007.

    Interview

    Pretty easy interview. Just chatted about my work at school.

    Interview Questions


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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in April 2007.

    Interview

    first I got referred by my friend in Cisco, then I got a telephone inteview, and you know it is not hard for me since I have been in this field for several years. Then I got the on-site, several manager/engineer asked me questions about my former job/skill/backgound and so on. And they seemed satisfied with my skill, so eventually I got the job. That is it.

    Interview Questions

    • why do you leave current company?   1 Answer
    • what do you think about this company   1 Answer
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview

    One project manager round, carries by 3-4 rounds of technical interviews and then a HR discussion.
    Interview questions are neither easy nor very difficult, need good preparation, and again depends on the people who take the interview.
    Senior observes problem solving approaches, juniors expects gunshot answers (of course should match what they know...)

    Interview Questions

    • Networking concepts, Data structures & Algorithms, programming languages (C or C++).   Answer Question

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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview

    5 to 6 round of technical discussion followed by HR interview. Technical discussion based on past work done as well as domain understanding. Some question not based on practical thing.

    Interview Questions


  5.  

    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru (India)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Bengaluru (India)) in January 2012.

    Interview

    Interview was nice they mainly focused on the content posted in the resume and asked questions based on the same.

    Interview Questions


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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Cisco Systems in January 2012.

    Interview

    the written round consisted of questions mainly on probability.Those who cleared this round had a technical and behavioral round

    Interview Questions


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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hyderabad (India)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Hyderabad (India)) in December 2011.

    Interview

    A difficult written test(too many subjects with basics and little advanced questions) followed by a two member panel interview followed by a very easy hr interview

    Interview Questions

    • How to overcome the problem with intruders in design of high bandwidth systems?   Answer Question
    • How to sort a single linked list?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    no negotiation was allowed as it is a campus recruitment

  8.  

    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Cisco Systems in February 2011.

    Interview

    received a mail from the company asking for a time slot to schedule a phone interview for a internship position. The interview lasted for 25 mins and went well.
    Very easy technical questions on networking and many question on my prior wrk exp and many behavioral questions were asked

    Interview Questions

    • if you had an offer from ur prev employer and this company which one would u choose and y   Answer Question

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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Cisco Systems in February 2011.

    Interview

    I spoke with the interviewer for about 20-30 minutes. The interview covered my general background, availability, and coding knowledge. There were a couple syntax questions, a couple networking questions, and a couple code questions. The code questions required e-mail access. These questions would have a sample bit of code and the interviewer would ask if it is correct.

    Interview Questions


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