Trying to understand the position and what it entails. CSE isn't like a typical SE position at Cisco. You have to be able to articulate your answers. There wasn't too many technical questions probably because of my 15 years experience and being a CCIE already.
Understand the specific focus for the position but be able to take the question down the the 5 ft level but then back up the answer to the 50k FT C-level. Go deep but also be able go wide and show that whole picture. Less
Really good lessons to get into top tech companies:
Questions around past work experience. Describe a time when you solved a problem for a customer. Some situational type questions: How would you solve a certain problem. Very customer facing focused. Additional questions to determine if I'd be a good fit with the company culture.