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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 Hardware engineer interview

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

Test

Interview Experience
MCQ type. No negative marking.
Question paper had two sections. 
(i) General Aptitude 
(ii) Technical
The technical section had 50 questions and out of which 40 were from electrical questions. I was able to answer only the CS part and marked randomly for other elec based questions.
Interview Tips
Do well in your aptitude section and CS section.
Round 2

Interview

Interview Experience
I was hired for Network Consultant profile. So they asked me questions from networks. The questions were simple. If they are opting for programmer profile, they would be asked questions from C and data structures.
Round 3

Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: General HR questions.
  • Question 2: What are your achievements?
  • Question 3: What would you do if your manager does not agree to you?
  • Question 4: What are your hobbies?
Interview Experience
They were assessing how I would react in case of difference in opinion with manager, etc etc.
Skills

Skills Tested

    Skill Tips
    I have no idea on how they shortlisted students for written test. For the interview, it was based upon our written <br /> test performance. Since they came on day 3, they had a waiting list of students for the interview.<br /> <br /> <br /> Started solving previous year question papers. Almost all companies follow the same pattern which they had in the previous years. You might even get the same questions. Start solving puzzles and previous year question papers from August. There would be flurry of companies coming for CS and it would be very difficult if one starts preparing late. Earlier the preparation the better.<br /> <br /> Important for CS students: C, C++, Data structures and Algorithms, OS. <br /> <br /> Few companies ask students to write programs on paper. The best way to prepare would be start solving <br /> programming questions.
    Resources

    Preparation materials

    Books
    • RS Agarwal,
    General Tips
    I started my preparation in October. I was doing all the learning writing tests. :)<br />
    It would definitely help students if they start their preparation by August.
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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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    Cisco Systems interview

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    AnonymousFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus 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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      AnonymousFresherSelected
      Application
      I was interviewed on-campus for Hardware engineer role at Cisco Systems
      Interview Process
      Test Technical Interview HR Interview
      Round 1

      Test

      Interview Experience
      Good knowledge of OS concepts will be useful in clearing the test. The programming questions and aptitude was fairly easy.

      Objective type questions covered the following areas
      Section 1 - Aptitude
      Section 2 - Operating system, Microprocessor, C Programming, Networking
      Round 2

      Technical Interview

      Interview Experience
      My C Programming / Data Structures skills were mainly tested.
      Round 3

      HR Interview

      Interview Experience
      HR Round was very brief- only questions regarding location preference, previous roles etc were asked.
      Skills

      Skills Tested

        Skill Tips
        Watched a few mock interviews (Youtube / other websites). I also went through some books which covered common interview questions. Electives and course work details were not considered for shortlisting. My MS thesis is in the area of Wireless networking. It helped me to convince the interviewer why I was interested in working in a networking company.<br /> <br /> I initially focused on aptitude, then Programming / Algorithms and data structures.
        General Tips
        Two-Three weeks before the first placement test. For communication companies, I refreshed digital communication fundamentals. Basic of linear algebra and probability theory. Also, spent some time, studying the basics of data structures and algorithms. <br />
        <br />
        One should be prepared to explain every detail in his/her resume. Most interviews start with the description of one's project work. For both core (communication) and non-core companies, programming concepts (C and data structures) are very important.
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        Cisco Systems Hardware engineer interview

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        AnonymousFresherSelected
        Application
        I was interviewed on-campus 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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          AnonymousFresherSelected
          Application
          I was interviewed on-campus 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
          Skills

          Skills Tested

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            Cisco Systems interview

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            AnonymousFresherSelected
            Application
            I was interviewed on-campus 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

            • C
            • Data Structures
            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.<br />
            Positive Body language during the interview and confident interaction helps.
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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.
            Skills

            Skills Tested

              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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              Cisco Systems interview

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              AnonymousFresherSelected
              Application
              I was interviewed on-campus 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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