Cisco Interview Experience

I sat for the CISCO on-campus Placements.

Round 1:

Online Test(70 minutes)



This was an online test conducted on the Hacker-Rank platform.

15 MCQ-Electronics, Computer networks, Aptitude Data structure(No Negative marks)

2 Coding questions:

1)Longest non repeating substring.

2)the expression paranthesised in such a way that it give max value for the expression. Expression has +, -, *

this is variation of matrix chain multiplication.

There were around 330 candidates who sat for this exam and out of that 170 were selected for the 2nd round.

Round 2:

Technical interview

There were 4 roles(BU) that CISCO was offering this time namely: CX-Platform, CX-PSS, IT, Engineer and SCO.
I was selected under the role of a IT.


Now we were asked to assemble in auditorium at around 8:30 in the morning. They marked our presence at 8:30 and then we were asked to wait for our interview process. I waited till 2:30 in the afternoon when my name was called up and I went in for my  Technical interview.

it was a panel interview there were 3 panelist, I entered and the panelist welcomed me with a smile.

I’m naming  P1, P2, P3 panelist for readers.

One of panelist just had a brief look at my resume for about 15 seconds. P1 just begin with tel me about yourself.P1 asked to explain about my project, i told clearly about my project .P2 asked me to tell difference between Binary tree and trie data structures as i mentioned trie in my project.

P3  gave me one logical question.

  • Say u have digit 8 which looks like  88888888 u need to use only + operator such that sum should be equal to 1000.
  • then P1 asked me how much you know about data structures, I answered that I would rate myself in Data Structures at around 8/10. Because back then I was not o fluent with  Graphs.

    he then asked me to write code for

    1)Find the middle node of linked list.

    2)Given an array of size[1……1000] there are 2 numbers missing find them?

    P2 asked whether i know database and ask few simple queries.


    That was all for my  Technical Round. It lasted for about 25 minutes. All three of them tested on my basic of problem solving skills in DS, logical thinking  and whether he know the projects thoroughly.All I had to do was stay patient and calm. If you don’t know an answer then no need to panic. Just admit it that you don’t know. There is literally no harm in that. I was asked to wait outside.

    Round 3:

    Managerial interview

    I entered and the interviewer welcomed me with a smile.she introduced herself as she is manager of Supply chain department.

    Interviewer begin with Tel me about Yourself.she said i got feedback from technical interviewers that you have good programming skills, logical thinking and ask me to brief my projects.

    1) She asked me about my hobbies, college campus.

    2) Then she asked why Cisco?

    3) Where do you see 5 years down the line?

    Lastly she says is there any questions, to which i asked

    1)What exactly is IT profile in Cisco?

    2)How is Culture in Cisco?

    3)What are trend of IT in future?

    for each question she explained with good and satisfying points.This lasts for about 40 minutes.

    ROUND 4-HR

    this was just formality purpose.

    they asked about few questions

    1)Whether your available for internship from January?

    2)Whether your comfortable to work for 5 days in a week for internship?

    3)Are you planning for higher studies?

    4)Are you ok with location of company in Bangalore?

    HR had sheet, she just ticked with yes or no for all questions.

    In about an hour later the results were announced by our Placement Director along with the CISCO Director and HR and I was PLACED at CISCO.

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