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Interviewing at Cisco Systems

See what people said about the interview process at Cisco Systems.

Interview experience

Based on 1,182 interviews

Interview difficulty

Based on 1,200 interviews

Interview process length

Based on 981 interviews
About two weeks

Interview process at Cisco Systems

Overall experience

On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is Poor and 10 is Excellent, rating is 8.

On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is Easy and 10 is Difficult, rating is 6.

Interview process length
About two weeks
About a month
About a week
More than one month
About a day or two
Most reported steps
Not enough data
Least reported steps
Not enough data

What candidates say about the interview process at Cisco Systems

  • My initial entry to Cisco was being interviewed by experienced associates that I ended up working with. After that, I usually met with a manager and one associate.
    Shared on March 18, 2022 - Main: Svc Design Eng., Srvc Supply Chain Ops., Reverse Log. Opps. - San Jose,
  • Simple and orderly
    Shared on June 25, 2021 - Electronics Technician - Norcross, GA
  • Tough, lengthy and at least five interviews remote and face to face.
    Shared on May 20, 2019 - Senior Technical IT Program Manager - New York, NY
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Interview questions at Cisco Systems

Commonly asked questions, as reported by candidates

  • It was basically an engineering sweatshop.
    Shared on March 25, 2021
  • No mention of free overtime work was ever mentioned during the interview. You learn about the free overtime after you move to Atlanta and realize that an important item was never mentioned during the…
    Shared on December 23, 2020 - engineer - Atlanta, GA
  • I had been asked on eye pattern waveform, signal jitter, BERT generator, and Network knowledge.
    Shared on September 16, 2019 - Hard Test Engineer - San Jose, CA

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The first interview at Cisco Systems

How candidates got an interview
  • Recruiter contacted me40%
  • Employee referral24%
  • Other12%
  • Other online job site8%
  • Campus placement7%

How candidates received their first interview at Cisco Systems

  • Through a contractor which i was converted to perm/full cisco employee after proving myself and passion for drive for learning and the fundamentals of computing/networking got me the jo…
    Shared on May 22, 2019 - Customer Support Eng. Tier3 - Research Triangle Park, NC
  • Through a recruiter who had reached out to me
    Shared on June 18, 2018 - Program Manager (Consultant) - Milpitas, CA
  • Headhunter
    Shared on May 31, 2018 - Customer Support Engineer - Raleigh, NC

What candidates say about the interview preparation at Cisco Systems

  • Interview was easy just say the right things
    Shared on November 1, 2022 - Human Resource Analyst - Rtp, NC
  • Stories, examples, be technical more eng roles
    Shared on May 7, 2021 - DIRECTOR - San Jose, CA

How long does it take to get an interview after you apply at Cisco Systems?

  • If certified a week
    Shared on June 6, 2022 - Certified Internetwork Expert
  • few days after internal referral
    Shared on September 22, 2021 - Customer Support Engineer - Sydney

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