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Cisco Systems Network Engineer Interview Questions

Updated May 19, 2017
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Network Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
No Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

Application

I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Cisco Systems.

Interview

I met a recruiter on my campus and they scheduled me for an interview at the end of that same week. My interview was a one on one. I was asked mostly questions about my resume and if the job sounded interesting and if I thought I had the skills they were looking for. I was also asked a few simple technical questions about networking for the interviewer to gauge my skill level. My interviewer helped me through the questions and gave me an example before asking me the more in-depth questions. Still waiting to hear response/decision from Cisco. It's been a week.

Interview Questions

  • What is an IP address?   1 Answer
  • What is the lowest and highest IP address that could exist on a network, given a specific subnet mask?   Answer Question
  • What is a subnet mask?   Answer Question

Other Interview Reviews for Cisco Systems

  1.  

    Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Raleigh, NC) in February 2017.

    Interview

    I applied online via my university's job finding service and was contacted a couple days later for an interview at my university's career development center. It was a single interview that lasted for approximately 45 minutes and consisted of some very interesting back and forth conversation between myself and a network engineer from Cisco. There were very few technical questions asked, and most were very open-ended and had more to do with what my academic experience entailed thus far as well as how I view networking as a field. IoT technology was also a heavy go-to topic due to Cisco's direction as a company.

    After almost two whole months in limbo, I finally received a decision explaining that I was not selected for the position. I was very, very disappointed with how status updates were refused to be given by Cisco's HR and how poor the overall communication was, though that still doesn't tilt it into a negative overall experience for me due to how awesome the interviewer in particular was.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you know of IoT and adjacent technologies to the phenomena of (IoT)?   2 Answers

  2.  

    Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Raleigh, NC) in February 2017.

    Interview

    Was offered interview after visiting career fair. Interview was the same week. Only one or two HR type questions, rest were more technical. uestions ranged from problem solving to knowing terminology. Interviewer was very friendly and I never felt pressured.

    Interview Questions

    • Find the lowest possible number a times you would need to use a scale to find an outlier (heavier or smaller) in a group of otherwise similar objects   1 Answer

  3.  

    Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Atlanta, GA) in February 2017.

    Interview

    Met Cisco rep at a job fair and applied online for co-op position. Conducted a video chat interview covering soft skills and hard skills. The technical questions were rudimentary and did not require any problem-solving.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe the 7-layer OSI model   1 Answer

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    Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Atlanta, GA) in January 2017.

    Interview

    Went to Cisco's "Day in the Lobby" at my University. The recruiter was very pleasant and eager to set up an interview for me. The interview date was set to three weeks after I spoke with the recruiter. The interviewer made me feel very comfortable, but he expected precise answers. Make sure to know the basics of the OSI Model, how the internet works, and routing and switching protocols

    Interview Questions

    • Explain the difference between OSPF and IEGRP   1 Answer

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    Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in November 2016.

    Interview

    Had an interview over webex about some basic stuff. STP, why a router is needed etc. The person who interviewed me was really nice and helped me out when I stumbled on a question. Heard back about 3 weeks later about an in person interview. 3 different interviews, Behavioral, presentation and technical. Behavioral was just a conversation, nothing stressful. Presentation was just 1-on-1 so no need to stress about it. I didn't know about that and spent way too much time creating mine. Now the technical.... I got torn apart in mine. It wasn't that it was difficult, just the interviewer really drilled down into details to the point where I pretty much forgot some basic stuff. It's difficult if you don't have a really solid grasp on networking. If you have solid CCNA level knowledge that you can easily explain to non-techies, you will ace it. Just know the basics of how switchers and routers talk to each other and tell them when you don't know a topic. Don't try to guess. If I could do it again, I would have spent way more time brushing up on my CCNA level knowledge instead of presentation. I was told within 3 days that I did not get the job. Interview took place in November 2016 at San Jose and this was a University Jobs application.

    Interview Questions

    • How does a switch talk to another switch? What would you do if your phone lost connection at Starbucks? How would you troubleshoot?   1 Answer

  7.  

    Network Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in November 2016.

    Interview

    I applied online. Was contacted about a week after. I had a webex meeting with one of the manager. About a week later I received a rejection letter ( we regret to inform you... you are not a good fit...). I thought that was it I didn't get the job fine i'll move on. BUT I received an email after another week asking me to come for an on-site interview... WHAAT??... OK.. Sure
    They flew m to their HQs in San Jose. Nice city, nice hotel. The interview was divided into three parts:
    Core: more like behavioral, Be honest, don't say you never made a mistake, own it. If you do not know an answer to something it's okay to tell them you don't know!
    Presentation: Choose a innovation topic connected to Cisco, I did IoE
    Technical: Very hard. It's as though they where trying to find your weak points. Like they keep asking you questions until they find a topic you don't know and examine your reaction to it. again its okay to say you don't know, with Cisco it works this way , with other companies like Google never give up.

    Interview Questions

    • STP, VLAN, IP, Subnetting, ARP, How a packets are sent from one workstation to another, Network connectivity troubleshooting, Know the Basics!   Answer Question

  8.  

    Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Raleigh, NC) in October 2016.

    Interview

    Since I was applying from across the country it was all handled over phone and webex. There was a primary phone call that lasted about half an hour and had questions that gauged knowledge on basic to advanced networking concepts.

    Interview Questions


  9. Helpful (2)  

    Network Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Research Triangle Park, NC) in September 2016.

    Interview

    Four interviews in total: first round consisted of one on campus interview. Asked me behavioral questions.

    Final round was three interviews: Behavioral, presentation and technical. In the technical interview, make sure to say I DO NOT KNOW, if you don't know the answer to the question. DO NOT BLUFF

    Interview Questions

    • Present about something that cisco is providing new to the world today?

      How do you talk between two different hosts on two different vlans? What is port channeling? What is STP?  
      1 Answer

  10.  

    Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Raleigh, NC) in September 2016.

    Interview

    Applied in person at a campus event and had an on-campus interview the week after. The interviewer was very nice and was mainly behavioral questions and the interviewer reviewed my resume with me. I asked the interviewer about the different roles that interns may have at Cisco. I received an offer about a month after my interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Why Cisco? What was the most significant thing you learned from your previous internship?   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    I wasn't interested in a network engineer position.


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