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Interviews at Cisco

Here’s what others thought about the interview process at Cisco.
Interview experience
Based on 429 interviews
Favorable
Interview difficulty
Based on 415 interviews
Difficult
Interview process length
Based on 327 interviews
About two weeks

Interview process at Cisco

Overview experience
Poor
Excellent
Easy
Difficult
Interview process length
About two weeks
29%
About a month
21%
About a week
21%
More than one month
17%
About a day or two
12%
Most reported steps
Phone call/screening
79%
On-site interview
65%
Background check
50%
Group interview
38%
Drug test
21%
Least reported steps
Other
4%
Take-home/sample work
1%
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

  • 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
  • No interview required
    Shared on October 19, 2018 - Administrative Assistant II/Receptionist - Plano, TX
Interview tips at Cisco
Dress code for the interview
  • Business casual (e.g. dress slacks)50%
  • Formal (business suit)38%
  • They didn’t have a dress code7%
  • Casual (t-shirt and jeans)5%
  • Special outfit (e.g. protective gear)0%
What advice do candidates give for interviewing at Cisco
  • Be good at the technical knowledge
    Shared on January 8, 2018 - System Security Specialist - Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • Do not go in as a contractor.
    Shared on November 19, 2017 - Project Manager - Technical Services (Consultant) - Research Triangle Park, NC
  • Know your stuff!
    Shared on November 7, 2017 - Research Engineering Manager - Fulton, MD
The first interview at Cisco
How candidates got an interview
  • Recruiter contacted me40%
  • Employee referral24%
  • Other online application13%
  • University recruiting/job fair9%
  • Nothing is applicable8%
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
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