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Cisco Systems Senior Software Engineer Interview Questions

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Senior Software Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
No Offer
Negative Experience
Easy Interview

Application

I applied online. I interviewed at Cisco Systems in August 2017.

Interview

I applied for the interview 2 months back and one day out of blue, I got an email that we have scheduled an interview with one of the technical lead with 2 options. Please provide your availibility. I responded by saying No to both the times and asked to reschedule as I have my Production planned on same day. Changed the timing last minute and gave a timing of 2 pm EST. Interviewer calls me 2 hrs before and tell me I might have confused with the timing (even though I have email). Anyway, interview went well and he told me that wait for the next steps. I am still waiting ..... 1 months. I know I am not a snowflake or Ex-googler but if I spend 1 hr on the interview, company HR should respond with atleast a response (if not a detailed feedback). Pathetic process. Wouldn't apply or entertain call from Cisco anymore.

Interview Questions

  • Microservices and Rest API. Very generic technical interview   Answer Question

Other Interview Reviews for Cisco Systems

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Cisco Systems in March 2017.

    Interview

    I applied online after looking at open position on LinkedIn. Within a few days received an email about technical phone screening. Phone screening was followed by 2 separate WebEx technical interviews over next 3-4 weeks. And the final round was with hiring manager and was mix of technical/behavioral questions. Overall all the interviewers were friendly and were professional. At the end of final interview hiring manager appreciated me about some of my qualities that the interviewers had observed and told me that they are interviewing more candidates and will make sure to pass on the final feedback. But I never received a final feedback. I tried to reach out to the recruiter a couple times later but there wasn't any response and my profile was just taken off their careers portal. This was a real disappointment by a reputed company. Every company has right to select best candidate but they should also respect other candidates and make sure to pass on the feedback.

    Interview Questions

    • Mix of questions on Frontend/Backed - about data structutes - how hashmap works, find middle of linked list, REST api questions, designing a REST api URLs, Design a UI modal window from scratch   Answer Question

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA).

    Interview

    The interview was largely focussed on past projects I had done because I had considerable experience in the area - networking, 802.11, QoS, roaming. Written programming test on data structures and bit manipulation.

    Interview Questions

    • What were the cons of the existing QoS framework in 802.11   Answer Question
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Research Triangle Park, NC) in March 2017.

    Interview

    I took part in three steps:
    1. Skills quiz with 50 questions which need be solved for 30 minutes. There were 5 different themes in the quiz: Groovy/Java, Gradle, Docker, Logical
    2. Phone interview. Questions about my experience and some general questions about technologies like "what are benefits of using DI?".
    3. Face to face interview with three people. I was asked about understanding different technologies, drawing on the board a scheme of a simple web service.

    Interview Questions

    • What is docker and how do you understand it? What are the benefits of using docker?   1 Answer
    • How React virtual DOM is redrawn?   Answer Question

  4. Helpful (1)  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in March 2013.

    Interview

    Had one phone interview and then called onsite for back to back 5 interviews. All were very technical with coding questions. They called for one more round with the Sr Director, he also asked for coding questions. He asked me to write the entire ARP protocol.

    Interview Questions

    • Write code for ARP protocol   1 Answer

  5. Helpful (1)  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in March 2017.

    Interview

    It was one telephonic screening round after which they called me for 4 rounds of face to face interview. I have attended in person in their office in San Jose and the whole process took approximately 4 hours.

    Interview Questions

    • Given an array of integers and a target N, find all those pairs in that array whose sum is equal to N.   Answer Question

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in June 2017.

    Interview

    After I had applied for a position through a former colleague, I was contacted by one of the engineers to set up a phone interview a week later. The interview was conducted via webex.

    Interview Questions

    • Given an array (unsorted) numbers how would you find every pair of numbers that add up to a given sum?   1 Answer

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in August 2014.

    Interview

    I had five rounds of Technical Interview and one round of General Interview. Mostly interviewed by Principle Engineers who tested the design skills and networking concepts. Although they really don't expect the exact solution to the problems, they look at your approach towards the problem. Programming and data structures is something they expect from a person applying for developer position.

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in February 2018.

    Interview

    Easy Interview and the entire process went smoothly and i was able to get an offer. Salary is the part where they need to improve in order to attract good candidates to the company.

    Interview Questions


  9. Helpful (1)  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in June 2011.

    Interview

    been asked for the background knowledge;
    been tested with C++ skills;
    been tested with Java skills
    been tested with protocols;
    did not answer all the question correctly;
    there were 5 rounds interviews;
    took one day;


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