How to Answer: Our industry is a competitive one. Why do you want to work for Cisco?
Advice and answer examples written specifically for a Cisco job interview.
17. Our industry is a competitive one. Why do you want to work for Cisco?
How to Answer
The interviewer wants to know that you have a keen interest in working for Cisco and can speak to its specific attributes as a company that makes it stand out from its competitors. You should enter the interview prepared to discuss why they stand out as the top employment option among their competitors. Talk about what you feel Cisco is doing right and how their values and opportunities align with your career goals and employment needs. Remember that hiring is a two-way street. Be sure to highlight why hiring you would be a good decision for both parties rather than simply focusing on why the position is a good fit for you.
1st Answer Example
"I understand that Cisco has some strong competitors but when I was researching new employment opportunities, your company stood out to me for the legacy you've created in building technology to connect people all over the world. This legacy is quite honestly unparalleled. I also have a few professional connections who have worked with Cisco and they had only great things to say about your culture, continuous learning options, and growth opportunities."
2nd Answer Example
"I've been interested in pursuing a career with Cisco for quite some time, but I wanted to further my education and career experience first to become a more competitive applicant for (XYZ) position, which truly is my dream job. I'm most drawn to the inclusive and diverse team environment you've fostered over the years, and I'm excited about the possibility of becoming a part of that team environment. My experience in software engineering and security solutions would allow me to hit the ground running and contribute to the Cisco team and bottom line."