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Interviews at Cisco

Here’s what others thought about the interview process at Cisco.
Interview experience
Based on 1,036 interviews
Favorable
Interview difficulty
Based on 1,014 interviews
Difficult
Interview process length
Based on 840 interviews
About two weeks

Interview process at Cisco

Overview experience
Poor
Excellent
Easy
Difficult
Interview process length
About two weeks
27%
About a month
23%
About a week
21%
More than one month
16%
About a day or two
13%
Most reported steps
Phone call/screening
79%
On-site interview
63%
Background check
48%
Group interview
38%
Problem solving exercises
22%
Least reported steps
Other
5%
Take-home/sample work
2%
They have no interview
0%

What candidates say about the interview process at Cisco

  • 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
  • Several phone screenings, phone interviews with key stakeholders, in-person interviews if deemed a good candidate.
    Shared on January 4, 2018 - Senior Visual and UX Designer - Milpitas, CA
  • Very fast and to the point with the job description. Review it carefully.
    Shared on December 8, 2017 - Senior Project Manager - San Jose, CA

Interview questions at Cisco

Commonly asked questions, as reported by candidates

  • 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
  • Everything about my past three jobs and responsibilities
    Shared on May 20, 2019 - Senior Technical IT Program Manager - New York, NY
  • Various. It really depends on the role. Most will revolve around networking and product pre-sales related.
    Shared on November 11, 2018 - Systems Engineer Sales - San Jose, CA
Interview tips at Cisco
Dress code for the interview
  • Business casual (e.g. dress slacks)53%
  • Formal (business suit)33%
  • They didn’t have a dress code8%
  • Casual (t-shirt and jeans)6%
  • Special outfit (e.g. protective gear)0%
What advice do candidates give for interviewing at Cisco
  • Ask about team culture, what the teams expects from new people, and what are the team's expectations of you.
    Shared on December 30, 2019 - Customer Service Representative - Raleigh, NC
  • Be prepared
    Shared on November 21, 2019
  • Does not matter what you know, but who you know
    Shared on November 20, 2019
The first interview at Cisco
How candidates got an interview
  • Recruiter contacted me40%
  • Employee referral25%
  • Other12%
  • Other online job site9%
  • Campus placement7%
How candidates received their first interview at Cisco
  • Through a contractor which i was converted to perm/full cisco employee after proving myself and passion for networking.
    my 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