Cisco Computer Hardware Engineer Mock Interview

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How do you design scalability into your computer hardware designs?

"When beginning a new computer hardware design, one of the factors I consider is how to make it scalable. This is important because it allows organizations like Cisco to use the same design as its use grows or the applications it runs expand. Methodologies I use to incorporate scalability into my designs include providing additional real estate on the motherboard, including provisional circuits that can be used later for additional memory and I/O, and creating extra expansion slots. It is much less expensive to do this during the initial design than to have to redesign a new system to accommodate the additional capacity."

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Cisco Computer Hardware Engineer Interview Questions & Answers

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  • 1. How do you design scalability into your computer hardware designs?

  • 2. Can you discuss a time that a team member made a mistake and the steps you took to correct it?

  • 3. What are some of the factors that affect the speed of a microprocessor?

  • 4. What is a microprocessor, and how is it used in the design of computer hardware?

  • 5. Can you provide me a brief description of your technical background?

  • 6. How would you troubleshoot the problem involving a slow-running computer system here at Cisco?

  • 7. What is your strategy for staying up to date with developments in the hardware engineering industry?

  • 8. How would you go about prioritizing the tasks you are assigned on a Cisco computer hardware design project?

  • 9. Can you describe how you would explain a complex technical issue to people here at Cisco who didn't have a technical background?

  • 10. Do you have experience as a hardware development team lead, and if so, did you enjoy it?

  • 11. Can you define ASCII and discuss how it is used in your work as a computer hardware engineer?

  • 12. What is the most challenging part of your job as a hardware engineer?

  • 13. Do you consider learning about new technologies if hired by Cisco a requirement or an opportunity?

  • 14. Please define architectural risk and discuss how you mitigate it if hired by Cisco.

  • 15. What is meant by fault tolerance?

  • 16. When did you become interested in computer hardware?

  • 17. What are some of the specific tasks you have performed in your role as a computer hardware engineer?

  • 18. Tell me about a situation in which you could not create a specified hardware system in the timeframe you were given.

  • 19. Can you discuss the most complex hardware system you have designed, including how long it took you to build it?

  • 20. Can you walk me through what you do as a hardware engineer daily?

  • 21. How would you go about evaluating a hardware component you have never used before for inclusion in your Cisco hardware design?

  • 22. What is a heat sink, and why is it used for?

  • 23. Can you discuss the difference between multiprocessing and multitasking?

  • 24. Tell me about a crisis you encountered at work and how you handled it.

  • 25. Tell me about an unsuccessful problem you faced and why you couldn't complete it.

  • 26. Walk me through your troubleshooting process when you are developing a new computer system.

  • 27. What new innovations have you read about? How did that impact you?

  • 28. What attracts you to Cisco?

  • 29. Tell me about a difficult engineering problem you have encountered and how you made it through it.

  • 30. What innovations have you made that will help you contribute to Cisco's IT operations?