What is Skype Interviews?
Skype Interviews is a custom web application that incorporates scheduling, a shared canvas, notes and the power of Skype video calling into a single tool.
Why are you retiring Skype Interviews?
During the Skype Interviews preview, we learned a lot from your feedback, and we’ve integrated some of what we’ve learned into the core Skype experience. Microsoft has also added new capabilities that cover some of the same ground as Skype Interviews, so we’ve decided to decommission the product. Thank you for participating in the preview and for providing feedback.
I have existing interviews scheduled through Skype Interviews. What happens now?
We want to try to make your transition from Skype Interviews to another solution (such as the out of the box Skype video calling experience) as seamless as possible, so interviews scheduled until August 31st, 2019 will be unaffected. After August 31st, 2019, the Skype Interviews website will redirect to a Skype site that will give you alternative options and tools for your interviews, like Skype and Microsoft Whiteboard. Below are some suggested Skype features and other tools you can use in interviews after August 31, 2019. Click your situation below to learn more.
As a recruiter, you want to connect with candidates, pre-screen them, get them into the interviewing process and follow-up after the interview.
- Connect with Candidates:
Search the Skype directory by Skype Name, email, or phone number to find the candidate, then send a message, even if you’re not yet contacts. You can also call the candidate’s PTSN number using Skype to Phone, which allows you to call mobiles and landlines (you’ll need Skype Credit or a Subscription).
- Pre-Screen and Interview Candidates:
During your call, you may want to record the conversation to share it with other interviewers or review the conversation for your notes. Skype supports call recording, which allows you to record the conversation and save it for later review.
Microsoft OneNote is an excellent solution for taking notes during an interview. You can create sections and pages, as well as share yours with others for review and comment.
- Schedule Interviews:
If a candidate successfully makes it through your pre-screening process, you can schedule interviews for the candidate with others in your organization. Create a group chat and share the link from that group chat with the other interviewers and the candidate. They can use Skype either with their Microsoft account or using a guest account -- no Skype login required -- from Windows, Mac, iOS, Android or a web browser. You can also share a link to your profile for 1:1 chats. Finally, you can use the schedule a call feature in Skype to schedule time with the candidate. Skype will remind when your scheduled call starts.
To help assess the candidate and understand their technical skill, interviewers can use Skype (in concert with some other Microsoft tools) to join the interview, assess the candidate, and provide feedback to the recruiter.
- Join an Interview:
Click the link your recruiter/interview scheduler shared with you and join the group conversation and call using Skype on your favorite device (note that some features are not available on all devices; check here to make sure the feature you want to use is available on your device).
- Assess a Candidate:
Use Skype audio and video calling to talk with the candidate to ask questions. During your video call, you can use background blur (on Windows or Mac) if you do not want the candidate to see your surroundings.
Skype also supports screen sharing so you can share your entire screen or a particular window or program. You can have the candidate share their screen to show you their resume, coding skills, previous work, or other items that will help you assess their fit for your role. Skype supports call recording, which allows you to record the conversation and save it for later review.
If you need to have a collaborative whiteboard, you can download and use Microsoft Whiteboard. Make sure you and the candidate download the software before your interview. For technical interviews that require coding, you can either use screen sharing from the candidate’s machine to have them show you their coding skills, or you can use Microsoft Visual Studio Live Share.
You can also use Microsoft OneNote to take notes and share them with others in your organization. Skype supports screenshots during a call, so you can place the screenshots in your OneNote notebook.
- Test your setup:
Before your interview, test your setup. Make sure that you have Skype installed on your computer, or if you are using Skype online, sign in and allow permissions for audio and video. Test your sound with the Echo / Sound Test Service. Test your video, and you’re ready for the call.
- Join the interview:
Click the link provided to you by the recruiter or interviewer. This will take you into the meeting where you send messages, call via audio and video, share your screen, and more. In addition, you can use background blur (on Windows and Mac) to blur your background so the interviewers do not see your surroundings.