Cisco Network Consulting Engineer Mock Interview

To help you prepare for a Network Consulting Engineer interview at Cisco, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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Do you have experience managing heterogeneous networks that support both Linux and Windows?

While some companies elect to standardize on a single operating system across their entire network, larger enterprise companies like Cisco have IT environments consisting of heterogeneous equipment from a variety of manufacturers running different operating systems. The most common of these are Linux and Windows. As a qualified Network Consulting engineer, you should be familiar with both of these operating systems and be able to manage equipment on the network that runs them. You can state a preference for one or the other if you're confident that Cisco also has the same preference.

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Cisco Network Consulting Engineer Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Do you have experience managing heterogeneous networks that support both Linux and Windows?

  • 2. What is a private IP address, and when would you use this if hired by Cisco?

  • 3. What is a common way hackers attempt to shut down an organization's network?

  • 4. Can you describe some of the ways you would secure a Cisco computer network?

  • 5. What is a protocol you would use to send data from one network to another?

  • 6. Are you familiar with anonymous FTP, and can you provide the use case for it?

  • 7. Can you describe Network Address Translation, or NAT, and the function it provides?

  • 8. What information is collected when IP access list logging is enabled?

  • 9. Who developed NetFlow, and how is it used?

  • 10. What is VMPS?

  • 11. How do you use SPAN and RSPAN to manage network traffic?

  • 12. What do the acronyms TACACS and RADIUS stand for, and how are they used in a network environment?

  • 13. Can you discuss some reasons the networking industry uses a layered transport model?

  • 14. What are some of the things you consider when designing an enterprise network?

  • 15. What are the tools you use to troubleshoot network issues?

  • 16. When working to create a safe network environment, which security procedures do you recommend?

  • 17. What is the most efficient routing protocol you have implemented?

  • 18. What steps do you take to improve the efficiency of a network?

  • 19. As you know, with more people coming online around the globe, available network addresses are disappearing. How do you feel about this issue?

  • 20. How do you explain complex technical ideas to coworkers and clients who don't have the same technical knowledge as you to ensure they understand what you're describing?

  • 21. How do you scale networks so they can accommodate the evolving needs of an organization like Cisco?

  • 22. Walk me through the process you use to troubleshoot a network when you are not getting the performance you expect?

  • 23. Can you describe the largest network you have engineered and some of the design elements?

  • 24. Please draw an illustration of a typical network topography and explain the details to me.

  • 25. What safeguards do you design into a network to limit unauthorized intrusions and data loss?

  • 26. What is your experience with collaborating with development teams and business stakeholders when deploying network resources?

  • 27. How do you stay informed about developments and advances in network technologies?

  • 28. What has been the most complex network system you have designed and installed?

  • 29. What situations would warrant an after-hours visit to a client location by you or a member of the Cisco network support team?

  • 30. Do you have experience creating efficient end-user support systems, and if so, can you describe your approach to this?