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Systems Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Richardson, TX) in January 2012.

Interview

First a 30 minute telephonic interview basically on overall skill match test by project manager.
Face to Face interview of about an hour, 3 rounds, each round with 2-3 team members, in total 3 hours, with about an hour lunch break.

Interview Questions

  • On data structures, algorithms, c++ language, C language, STL, multithreading, past projects.   1 Answer

Other Interview Reviews for Cisco Systems

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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview

    It was a telephonic interview which lasted for an hour. Started off with behavioral questions like your experience and then few questions on OS, programming challenge on strings and a debugging question. Overall it was a good interview experience.

    Interview Questions


  2.  

    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boxborough, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Boxborough, MA) in August 2015.

    Interview

    mostly technical interviews, be prepared to answer any questions about the technologies on your resume. be prepared to answer questions about previous job responsibilities, also have questions for the interview about the position

    Interview Questions

    • mostly technical questions about routing protocols & switching   1 Answer
  3.  

    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Richardson, TX) in January 2011.

    Interview

    I met with the recruiter, then the hiring manager. I was brought in for a 2nd interview with a host 5 people including the hiring manager. There was a combination of technical and traditional career interview questions about my past experiences.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you explain how our product can work within a customers network?   1 Answer

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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Minneapolis, MN) in April 2011.

    Interview

    It was a very long process, very many individual 1:1 interviews. Quite a frustrating experience. Advice would be to stick with it. For a technical sales position I found it odd I wasn't asked a single technical question. That side was simply taken as a given apparently!

    Interview Questions

    • Describe how you handled a particularly difficult customer scenario?   1 Answer

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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbia, SC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Columbia, SC) in July 2013.

    Interview

    The interview process involved a series of three interviews. The initial interview was conducted by the area manager, whom I spoke with 2 different times throughout the process. The second and third interviews were with other Cisco Systems Engineers in the nearby regions.

    Both systems engineers were very thorough in the scope of their questions. They covered Security, Voice technologies, Routing and Switching, and Data Center technologies.

    Ultimately I wasn't chosen for the position, but I believe it was due to the location. The position was to be based in Charleston SC, and I don't live locally. I believe the person chosen was a better match in terms of location.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the advantage of using VSS?   1 Answer

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    Systems Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) in February 2013.

    Interview

    intial was 2 technical phone interviews and then 2 hiring managers.

    Interview Questions

    • when transferring file from 1 server to another server over WAN speed decreases over time but again when you start new session speed is very fast and decrease to the end. what's your approach to solve this problem?   2 Answers

    Negotiation

    none.


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    Systems Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Irvine, CA) in May 2012.

    Interview

    8 face to face interviews with other SEs on the team and upper management

    Interview Questions

    • What is Cisco's value in the collaboration space in comparison to competitors?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    nothing

  8.  

    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Cisco Systems.

    Interview

    Went to four rounds of interview: hiring manage, peers, and on-site with multiple interviewers. I applied through an university career site, received the a contacts in ~3months. Then, I was scheduled to interview with a HM which gone over various background, few technical questions follow with another phone interview with a peer. Finally, 2 weeks later, receive another invite for an onsite.

    Interview Questions


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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rosemont, IL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Cisco Systems (Rosemont, IL) in March 2014.

    Interview

    After the HR phone screen, the hiring process consisted of a half of a day of 30-45 minute interviews. I went to a local Cisco office and sat in a conference room. I was interviewed by people ranging from other current Systems Engineers to Account Managers to the managers of both aforementioned teams.

    Interview Questions

    • Say you are in a medium sized hospital with no existing network. How would you recommend they set up their network?   Answer Question

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