Skype Introduces A New Feature For Online Interviews

Skype has introduced a new feature focused on hiring coders and developers through online interviews.

It now allows business users to conduct technical interviews. Using ‘Skype interviews’, business users can conduct an online code-based test using a real-time code editor in seven different programming languages including Java, C, C++, C#, JavaScript, Python and Ruby.

It was launched a few days ago and is only available for the browser version of Skype for now.

What Makes it Special?

There are a lot of platforms based on a similar principle of conducting online code based interviews . What makes Skype different from all of these is its omnipresence.

It is a very popular platform for communication and having any sort of conversation. This will help prevent coders or developers from jumping ship to other platforms with the added comfort of using an already familiar platform for online interviews.

The browser code-editor also enables the candidates to check their mistakes by running the code while working on it thanks to inline syntax highlighting.

How to Use

Using this feature is very simple. The interviewer just needs to visit the Skype Interviews website and click “start interview” to begin the process. After this step, a link will be provided to the interviewer which can be shared with the candidates. The candidates can join in as guests or sign in using their accounts.

The feature is still in the testing phase. According to Microsoft, Interviews is currently limited to the website and while they say that there is no guarantee that this feature will make it to the desktop or mobile apps, it’s safe to assume it will. In face of competition from other platforms like Whatsapp, Skype needs to do more to stay relevant.

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