The first round interview will most likely consist of behavioural questions, a few technical/design questions and questions about your resume.
Don’t take behavioural questions easily. I got rejected from many high tech companies just at this level. I was super proud of myself. Answering proudly questions doesn’t work. They like to know theme of you. Can you work with them? Can they work with you?
Nowadays, there are lots of books out there for behavioural interviews. I strongly recommend you to buy or download them and start reading and practicing with friends, family or in front of mirror. I put a link from the best one that I found here: “A complete interview answer guide” by Don Georgevich
Everybody study them and if you dont. It’s your lack! Everybody memorize their questions and answers and If you dont. It’s your lack
Interview will vary greatly from interviewer to interviewer but I can almost guarantee you that you will be asked why you want to be a hardware engineer at Cisco. To me, this is a double question: Why do you want to be a hardware engineer? Why at Cisco? Then you will be asked what experience you have with being a hardware engineer.
Be prepared to answer these questions because they will come! DO NOT WING IT!!
Finally, the last question of the interview will be if you have any questions. Think of a list of 3-5 interesting questions to ask. I have a list of things/departments on my mind where I think Cisco is trailing the competition and a list of ideas that I want to discuss that could help.
Behavioural questions are your chance to show that you are passionate about your field and about Cisco as a company.
Let’s review some of them:
1-Can you work under pressure?
2-Do you work well under pressure?
3-What can you do for us that no one else can?
4-Tell me about yourself?
5-Why do you want to work here? What are the reasons you want to work here?
6-Why should I hire you?
7-What are your biggest accomplishments?
8-How do accept criticism?
9-What is the most difficult situation you have faced? Could you describe a difficult problem and how you dealt with it?
10-What are some of the things that bother you?
11-What do you consider your most significant strengths?
12-What do you consider your most significant weaknesses?
13-Do you prefer working with others or alone?
14-What are you willing to do to get what you want?
15-How do you get along with different types of people?
16-Give me an example of a project that didn’t work out well?
17-If you were a pickle, what kind of pickle would you be?
18-What do you feel your weaknesses are?
19-Would your boss describe you as a go-getter?
20-Are there any skills that you bring to the table that others in your field may not?
21-What are your salary requirements?
22-What would your past or present boss say about you?
23- What are your long term career goals? What would you like to be doing five years from now?