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Cisco Systems interview

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KAVITHA V FresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at NIT Warangal for Cisco Systems
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
60 Minutes
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Aptitude Test
Interview Experience
In   written   the   questions   are   from   aptitude,reasoning,computer   organization,basic   electronics, networks,operating systems and few questions on c. In apti questions  are from time &distance, alligations & mixtures,etc.,. In reasoning questions are threoritical. Good questions came on probability,permutations & combinations,set theory. In   C0   ,logic   gates,number   representations,complements,flag   bits,etc and   in   electronics   questions   like   zener diode,rectifiers ,etc.,. and then in OS questions are from memory management,disk scheduling,semaphores,etc.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
In technical interview the questions are from DS,OS,C and Networks. In DS they asked me to write codes for   linked list reversal, deletion etc and then on trees for insertion, iterative codes for traversals. Then on hashing he asked where you use hashing how it is implemented,why you use that and then various collision resolution   strategies. Then he came to critical section and about synchronization, semaphores,  FIFO, pipes, differences   between them etc. In  OS he asked about CPU scheduling, preemptive, non preemptive, context switch  etc. Then he came to cpu registers and then to various storage classes in  C,  he  asked me by  taking various   cases how static and extern works. Then he asked me to write codes for some real world problems.   In   networking about the OSI and TCP/IP   protocols and then about each layer in detail with various functions,addressing and protocols. He   asked m  some general questions on networking, about ping command, about domain name server.   Then  he  asked  me  to  explaining  detail  the  working  of  TELNET   and whole communication process.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
In HR  he  started  with my academic  details.  And  as  iam from MCA he asked  me the difference  between technology and application.  Then he asked actually what i am interested at,what kind of work i wants  to  do.  and  then he asked how you visualize yourself in few years and then how can you justify yourself with cisco.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
My suggestion is  that you should be perfect in all subjects.  prepare in your own way.  Good command on all basics is must.
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Cisco Systems Hardware engineer interview

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SURESH KUMAR MEESALAFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Hardware engineer role at Cisco Systems
Interview Process
Test HR Interview Technical Interview
Round 1

Test

Interview Experience
The test was Aptitude and Technical (Mostly digital IC design and some questions from analog circuits)
Round 2

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Can you work in a team and how you resolve conflicts with your team mates?
  • Question 2: Ready to relocate?
  • Question 3: Will you join if offered?
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Tips
Be thorough with concepts in Digital Ic design and Digital logic. Go through standard interview questions like clock dividers, standard verilog codes, MUX based implementations etc.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
I think I got selected because of my approach to their questions. I think my resume matched their profile and they liked my project and the way I explained it in detail.<br /> <br /> Following courses will help for Digital Profile...<br /> <br /> Digital IC design<br /> CAD for VLSI<br /> Digital Design Verification<br /> Advanced Topics in VLSI
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • Rabaey and Weste & harris Text books for Digital Ic design.,
  • Digital logic design,
  • Notes (Nagendra sir) for Analog Circuits.,
  • GATE preparation also helps.,
General Tips
Good CGPA definitely helps. But systematic preparation is most important. Don't neglect aptitude. Practice it well before placements. Go through previous papers of the companies. In interview, questions follow from the answers you give. So be careful while answering. Don't bring in something you are not clear about.
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Cisco Systems Hardware engineer interview

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FresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Madras for Hardware engineer role at Cisco Systems
Interview Process
Test Interview Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
60 Minutes
Interview Experience
Initial Short-listing : Written Test
There were two profiles; Software and HardwareOption to write both the testsAptitude section common to both the profiles; comparatively easy. Questions repeated from previous year‟s question paper which given in the placement websiteQuestions in software profile included digital, microprocessor basics and some general networking and operating systems questionsTopics for hardware profile was mostly digital IC design and some questions from analog circuits
Interview Tips
Focus on aptitude, then Programming / Algorithms and data structuresGood CGPA definitely helps. But systematic preparation is most important
Round 2

Interview

Interview Experience
Interview is held in 3-4 rounds – one HR round and the remaining technical rounds
Round duration can vary from 20 minutes to 1 hour
Technical rounds - 1st round is everything based on your resume. If you can impress them in your first round, you are half way through. Other technical rounds consist Electronics and Communication Engineering basics, Networking, C programming, Data Structures,Operating systems, Puzzles
Interview Tips
In Interview, questions follow from the answers you give. So be careful while answering.Don't bring in something you are not clear about
Round 3

Interview

Interview Experience
HR round consisted of general HR questions
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Cisco Systems Software engineer interview

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ChandanaFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at VIT Vellore for Software engineer role at Cisco Systems
Interview Process
Test Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Interview Experience
It was a blend of topics from IT,CSE and ECE. Try to concentrate on coding and networks for this round. mostly luck based
Round 2

Group Discussion

Interview Experience
A very easy round. Can easily clear it if you have minimum skills
Round 3

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
needs a sound knowledge in networking .
Round 4

HR Interview

Interview Experience
your personality and the way you behave matters a lot. Try to be humble and truthful
Round 5

General Tips
as I mentioned earlier keep trying never loose hope
Motivation for applying
high package :P
Funny Moments
none . but had to go to bangalore for interview which was fun :)
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Cisco Systems NA interview

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AnonymousFresherNot Selected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for NA role at Cisco Systems
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Test HR Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
The resume was as per the norms of the placement cell of our institute.
I used only one resume for different companies, however I altered my “areas of interest” to make them compatible with the profile on offer. For instance while applying for coding profiles I mentioned my areas of interests as C++ and data structures, whereas in core companies I mentioned my areas of interests as machining and power systems.
Round 2

Test

Duration
90 Minutes
Interview Experience
For the programming questions I referred a book named ‘Test your C++’ by Yashwant Kanetkar. The book consists of some short questions which help in quick revision. I also stumbled across some websites that gives a proper list of most frequently asked questions I the written test. I found these questions using generic internet search.
The first round was the written test of 90 minute duration. The questions asked in the paper were logical reasoning and aptitude based. The questions were pretty much similar to those asked in the CAT examination; however I found these questions were much simpler to those.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
The next round was the interview round. They asked me to walk them through my resume. Further they started asking me questions on networking. I had not studied networking in particular; however while preparing for the programming related questions I referred to a book written by author ‘Sumita Arora’, this book consists of a topic on networking. I had read that chapter. The chapter included different models of networking. I spoke about these in detail. The interviewer also gave me a puzzle - if I were given 2 ropes each of which when burnt from one end burnt out completely in 60 minutes, then how do you determine that 45 minutes have passed. I did not qualify for the next round.
Resources

Preparation materials

Books
  • Test your C++ by Yashwant Kanetkar.,
Motivation for applying
CISCO is a networking company and specializes in making of routers and network management hardware and software. The profile is given after selection but overall information about the company can be best obtained from the pre placement talk.
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16

Cisco Systems interview

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FresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kharagpur for Cisco Systems
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
60 Minutes
No. of Questions
50 questions
Interview Experience
This was an one hour test comprising 50 MCQ questions. All questions carried 1 mark each and there were no Negative markings. It was conducted on morning of the day of the interview. The cut-off marks was around 25-30. The questions tested concepts in C, Data Structures and Operating Systems, Quantitative Analysis, Logical Reasoning, Basic Electronics and English.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
The interview lasted for 20-30 mins. The panel consisted of 1 interviewer per candidate. There were around 5 such panels. In-depth knowledge of C,Data Structures and Operating Systems is necessary. Questions from Computer Networking were asked. These questions were basic in nature and did not require much knowledge. Puzzles were also given to be solved. Good quantitative skills will help. The interviewer will be more interested in the approach of the candidate in solving the problem than the final solution.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
This interview lasted for around 10-15 mins. The panel, again, consisted of 1 interviewer per candidate. There was just 1 such panel. They interviewer asked questions about the specialization I’m pursuing from IIT Kgp, the courses I’ve opted for and how I think they are related to my specialization. I was asked questions about the other companies whose placement processes I’ve appeared for. There were questions like why I wanted to join Cisco and what kind of work I am interested in doing there.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
An in-depth knowledge of C and Data Structures,with adequate knowledge of Operating Systems. Sound Quantitative abilities and logical reasoning skills help during the written tests(non-technical section)
General Tips
Unless the company is a core company for the student, the projects usually do not matter much - they simply see whether the candidate can explain his/her work and not the magnitude of work done.

Positive Body language during the interview and confident interaction helps.
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Cisco Systems interview

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FresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kharagpur for Cisco Systems
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

Duration
60 Minutes
Interview Experience
40 people were short-listed on the basis of this test. Objective type test. Main topics were C coding, operating systems, data structures, quantitative skills and networking. They’ll ask you about your strength and then ask you questions based on that. Again knowledge of computer networks, operating systems, algorithms and data structures will be handy in the 1st round . They asked me questions on the working of a network from the user to switch to router, about ARP and MAC address tables,about IP addresses and subnets.Then there was a question on binary search trees and a few questions on operating systems as well. In the 2nd round, they asked me a question on memory management. Gave me 5 mins to come up with an answer. Knowledge of data structures and Operating Systems is needed and maybe a bit of algorithms.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
30 min interview. I had 2 techincal interviews; the second was of 5 mins.
Interview Tips
Don’t give up on a question easily. Keep trying. Interviewers judge you on your thought process and if you give up easily then it causes a negative impact.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
This round is held if they want to take you in. You will be asked if you have any problem in relocating. They discuss the job profile and ask if you would prefer working alone or in a team.
Skills

Skills Tested

Skill Tips
Selection is based purely on the interview. There is a written test which you have to clear first though. Absolutely no emphasis on cgpa. It’ll neither be an advantage nor a disadvantage. They’ll take you if you perform well in the interview. Knowledge of C/C++ is sufficient. My projects were related to computer networks so that was an advantage but they dont decide on basis of project. They’ll ask a few questions about the projects as all companies do.
General Tips
OS, CCN and data Structures should be read thoroughly not just for this company..most of the software/IT oriented companies ask questions pertaining to these topics.
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Cisco Systems Software engineer interview

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FresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIT Kanpur for Software engineer role at Cisco Systems
Interview Process
Test Technical Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Test

No. of Questions
50 questions
Test Sections
  • Section 1: Written
Interview Experience
30 questions on Technical knowledge - Basic C, DS, Microprocessor, OS, Networks, Circuit Designs.
20 questions on Aptitude.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell us about yourself ?
  • Question 2: Any knowledge of Networks/DS?
  • Question 3: Which projects do you like the most?
Interview Experience
It was a 25-30 minute round. Apart from the questions mentioned, they asked questions related to BTP(Signal Processing) and Microprocessor 8085.
Interview Tips
Basic C, EE 370 and Microprocessor 8085 will be helpful. They will look for Networks related questions. Revise the related courses and attend PPTs.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: How was your test ?
  • Question 2: Why CISCO ? Tell something about it.
  • Question 3: Which companies have you applied for till day 4 ?
Interview Experience
It was a 15-minute round.
General Tips
Analytical thinking is important and you should have good technical knowledge and a decent academic record.
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Cisco Systems SOFTWARE ENGINEER interview

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ExperiencedSelected
Application
I Applied for job through Personal Contacts for SOFTWARE ENGINEER role at Cisco Systems
Interview Process
Technical Interview
Round 1

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: How many interviews have I attended before?
  • Question 2: What value would I add to Cisco?
  • Question 3: What do I know about Cisco?
  • Question 4: Am I ready to work as an IT manager?
  • Question 5: Mention the layers in OSI stack.
  • Question 6: When would I go for a router to make two computers communicate?
  • Question 7: Mention the number of bits in IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.
  • Question 8: What is the need for IPv6?
  • Question 9: How many clients are possible for a /24 address?. What is the network address and broadcast address here?
  • Question 10: What is the difference between anycast, unicast, and multicast?
  • Question 11: What is virtual memory? What is its size in relation to main memory?
  • Question 12: How do I rate myself in C, web technologies on a scale of 10?
  • Question 13: What are my strengths?
  • Question 14: The classical 3l, 5l puzzle.
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Cisco Systems SOFTWARE ENGINEER interview

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ExperiencedSelected
Application
I Applied for job through Personal Contacts for SOFTWARE ENGINEER role at Cisco Systems
Interview Process
Technical Interview Technical Interview
Round 1

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Program to print the elements of a binary tree in spiral order.
  • Question 2: Explain what happens underneath when you enter a URL in the browser.
  • Question 3: Explain why MAC addresses are required despite having IP addresses.
  • Question 4: Solve the classical bridge and torch puzzle.
  • Question 5: Explain my internship project.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: What is an arraylist in Java?
  • Question 2: What is the difference between an arraylist and a linkedlist in Java?
  • Question 3: “Java is not a pure OO language”. Justify (the answer expected was that the primitive types are not objects in Java!)
  • Question 4: What is the difference between an object oriented and object based language?
  • Question 5: Explain inheritance and abstraction with a concrete example.
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