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Interviews at Cisco

Here’s what others thought about the interview process at Cisco.
Interview experience
Based on 1,103 interviews
Interview difficulty
Based on 1,080 interviews
Interview process length
Based on 895 interviews
About two weeks

Interview process at Cisco

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
Phone call/screening
On-site interview
Background check
Group interview
Problem solving exercises
Least reported steps
Take-home/sample work
They have no interview

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 me41%
  • Employee referral25%
  • Other12%
  • Other online job site8%
  • 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 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
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