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Cisco Systems Program Manager Interview Questions

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Program Manager Interview

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

Application

I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in October 2009.

Interview

The initial contact came from a recruiter at a body-shop. They conducted a 30 minute phone screen, and referred me to Cisco - the position was a 6 month contract. There were several rounds of phone interviews with several manager and director level folks in the team, all 1:1. The questions were really softball "tell me about yourself" type questions. The phone interviews lasted anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. The people were all really friendly, although by the last interview I could tell they were just going through the motions, they had already selected someone else.

Interview Questions

  • I haven't read your resume, so why don't you tell me about yourself? (this came from all the interviewers)   Answer Question
  • Tell me about the project of which you are most proud   Answer Question
  • Tell me about your worst project, what went wrong, what did you do to recover   Answer Question

Other Interview Reviews for Cisco Systems

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    Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in November 2009.

    Interview

    Two Phone intervierws, called in San Jose for six 1:1 interviews.

    Resume based interviews, very cordial. Each interview was 45 mins. HR was svery slow to respond, and despite repeated efforts to solicit a response yes/ no from them, the process went too slow and I had to move on. HR came back after 3 months, but the process took too long- I could not wait longer for an offer, though Cisco was a preferred employer for me.

    Overall, I was impressed by the cordial, informal atmosphere, yet through approach of the interviewers. But the decision process took too long.

    Interview Questions

    • What did you achieve in your previous job, and what regrets do you have in leaving your prior position?   Answer Question

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    Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in February 2010.

    Interview

    The interview went very well with everyone except the top decision maker, whose opinion obviously had the right to erase everyone else so as to knock me out completely, regardless all the other interviewers acknowledged that I seemed to have the strong background, skill sets, and experience to be a very valuable contributor to the company and the position. With this, I have deep doubt about having unanimous decisions as a group to determine the entire interview process. I later also heard other complaints that Cisco is not a nice company which treats their candidates very desrepectfully - they will not issue an acknowledgement if they decided not to move forward the employment with you, and no one would call you to at least thank you for the time and effort. I also experienced this personally, and disappointed that such big and prestigious company will handle this kind of thing so poorly.

    Interview Questions

    • How to deal with difficult people?   1 Answer
    • How to resolve arguments in the meeting when everyone disagrees with each other?   1 Answer
  3.  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Irvine, CA) in August 2010.

    Interview

    I found the position on Linked In and applied. It took a couple of months for them to wade through the applicants and start calling people. I received a call from a Recruiting Coordinator who was assigned to screen applicants for the Recruiter. This took about three weeks. I then got a schedule of interviews from individuals who would be my colleagues/equals. Both gentlemen were very nice and asked the standard Program Manager type questions but really were more interested in finding out who I was as a person rather than regurgitating what was on my resume. They also both were very forthright when it came to giving me a pretty clear picture of Cisco as a company, what their day to day was like, and answering my questions. They didn't throw any questions at me to "trip me up" they were just nice guys. I had two one on one interviews and then it took another couple of weeks for me to get the results. I was informed that I had made it to the final three and that I would interview with the hiring manager upon his return from an out of town trip. This interview came in another two weeks and was really just a conversation. It was clear there was alot of work to be done and he just needed a great person who could come in and do what was needed and fit in well with the team. He was very nice and knew his stuff and seemed like a great leader and person to work for.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you had to negotiate conflict on a project.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Yes. Just be very clear about what your expectations are and what the company policies are.


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    Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in November 2011.

    Interview

    2 phone interviews

    Interview Questions


  5. Helpful (4)  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    It starts with phone interview to screen. Then you will talk with 4-5 team members. Be prepared to have WebEx meeting with video.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you worked with someone who had a different working style than you.   Answer Question

  6. Helpful (1)  

    Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Raleigh, NC) in June 2013.

    Interview

    Overall I was impressed with the interview process. Everyone I spoke with-- some involved in this process, some not--spoke quite highly of Cisco and their corporate culture. I found the interviewers to be knowledgeable and well spoken. Questions were straight forward and directed at finding out my qualifications in more detail. After applying on the Cisco job board, I received a request to answer seven job-related questions. One week later I conducted my first phone interview, followed one week later by two phone interviews on the same day. One frustration was that each interviewer had one or more recruiters which added a bit of confusion, especially when they changed in the middle of coordinating a date.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a complex challenge you encountered and the process/tools you utilized to overcome it.   Answer Question

  7.  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Seattle, WA) in February 2009.

    Interview

    Good process for employees coming in through an acquisition.

    Interview Questions

    • After working for a small company, how do you feel now about working for a large company?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Came over at existing salary from acquired company.

  8.  

    Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in April 2012.

    Interview

    I met with the hiring manager, she provided a clear understanding of the job objectives.
    I later met with the PM who I'd be working with.

    The process went very smoothly

    Interview Questions

    • How would you implement Change Mangement concepts in a agile environment   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Yes, because of my extensive bacground and what they were looking for, I was able to ask for a little more.


  9. Helpful (2)  

    Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA).

    Interview

    The interview process at cisco usually goes through interviewing with 3-4 members of the group that is hiring. Some one you would be working with directly, sometimes the VP or Director, an Adjacent to the group manager or cross functional teams or HR.

    Interview Questions

    • Didn't really have any, most of the time it was just straight forward.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Straight forward and that's something I enjoyed working with Cisco.


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