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Cisco Systems Manager Interview Questions

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Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
No Offer
Negative Experience
Easy Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Cisco Systems.

Interview

I had 7 different interviews over the course of 3 months with 13 people ranging from members of the team I would have been managing to other managers in the department where I would be working. But I never interviewed with the hiring manager, himself, who told me at the end that he was going to go with his original choice (a internal candidate who had been with the company for many years) because he just didn't have a sense of how well I could manage people and he knew this other guy better. Perhaps he would have known what my skills and experience were like if he had bothered to ask me any questions. A little frustrating, I have to say. If he was just going to hire someone he knew and was comfortable with, he could have saved me 3 months worth of waiting and 7 different interviews.

Interview Questions

  • Very basic questions, like: how have you handled confrontation, how do you say "no" to someone, do you micro-manage, what is your leadership style like. Not a lot of deep diving into these areas. I got the impression that the people interviewing me were not used to interviewing management level candidates.   Answer Question

Other Interview Reviews for Cisco Systems

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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Research Triangle Park, NC).

    Interview

    Initially it was a phone screen to get an idea whether or not it would be good to proceed with the interview process. The phone screen was also an opportunity to describe the position to me so that I could determine if it's a role I would be interested in should the interview process continue. The first interview was with a panel of a few managers. Once I progressed I was interviewed by senior management. The interview process included verifying the items on my resume as well as talking openly about accomplishments and general methods of management. They really tried to get a feel for how I deal with different difficult situations as well as the day to day management of technical resources. The senior leadership tried to apply pressure to see how I react and whether or not I was easily shaken.

    Interview Questions

    • They ask questions to figure out if you are honest or would be willing to bend your character for the sake of the company. They do not hire dishonest people so even when pressured it is a bad idea to be dishonest. Example: If you were presenting a monthly review to a customer and you know that your metrics are not up to par but you have already taken care of the support gap, wouldn't it be OK in that situation to fudge the numbers just a little and avoid a potential customer escalation or financial penalty?   1 Answer

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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Interview

    2 rounds away from HQ at a recruiting session. These were lengthy in depth interviews. 4 rounds at HQ in a round table type session. These were quicker 20 minute type interviews, which were a bit superficial but I think we're more geared to judge fit and personality.

    Interview Questions


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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Very methodical but long. I interviewed with 8 including the HR person. Of the 7 was my hiring manager and the rest were at either Director or at the VP level, Felt confident after I got selected

    Interview Questions

    • Several case studies. Also one VP was a bit cynical as to what difference I could make, but after thorough deliberation and explanation and my insights he was all smiley and opened up :)   Answer Question

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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in August 2008.

    Interview

    Had an initial phone interview with the hiring manager. Then had in-person interviews with four people and another round with two more people. They were good at providing a schedule of who I would be speaking with but seemed to have a bit of trouble scheduling everyone for one day instead of two. Overall, the interviews were average in tone, questions asked and initial impressions. I did however find it surprising that I got to my interview to be told, the hiring manager would be changing and they were not sure who the position I was interviewing for would report to or what the role would do exactly. Not sure why they had me interview for a role they were not sure they needed or really knew how to use. Overall, it was interview practice since the role really didn't seem to be a real one.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a project that you managed from beginning to end.   Answer Question

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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Cisco Systems in September 2015.

    Interview

    Throughout the 7 rounds of interviews with main stakeholders, it felt like I had entered a universe of genuinely nice, knowledgeable people who were making me feel at ease during the conversations. Naturally (difficult) questions were asked around problem solving capabilities and human interaction, however it was more like conversing with friends who rooted for my success. Best interview process I have ever experienced.

    Interview Questions

    • "How do you influence people in feeling/sharing accountability whilst officially/organisationally not being accountable?"   1 Answer

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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    first round was aptitude.after that two technical interviews were conducted.second technical interview was tough.atlast hr interview was conducted.hr interview had very easy questions

    Interview Questions


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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview

    Many interviews unless they have budget to use before losing head count.

    Interview Questions

    • Just too long and processing and too many interviewers and managers that are afraid to make decisions   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    quick and easy


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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview

    Very very long, the background check took just as long. Interviewed with the same person several times thinking it would be a second round but found it to be an extended first.

    Interview Questions

    • Not really a question but there was a lot of uncertainty in knowing where in the process things stood.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    If you have the luxury, press for as much as you can.


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    Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Bengaluru (India)) in August 2010.

    Interview

    It was a long process but very well co-ordinated and was updated on a timely manner after every round. have elabroate process

    Negotiation

    Had to negotiate only on joining date. otherwise from salary perspective it wasnt required.


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