Skype newly introduced a peculiarity designed to maintain its place among corporate users; who aren’t as engrossed in things such as Skype emoji reaction or stories. To that end, Skype now provides support to conduct technical interviews; via all new Skype Interviews feature. From a dedicated site, the employers can now test the interviewee in seven various programming language; over Skype with the help of real-time code editor.
Microsoft tells that the feature was officially launched a couple of days before as a preview version; and currently it is available only for Skype web version.
There is no denying the fact that; the market has already a handful of solutions for administering interviews with remote technical talent; such as Codility, HackerRank, Interview Zen, CoderPad, HireVues’s CodeVue, Remoteinterview.io and many others. But the perks of using Skype Interviews Feature is the platform’s ubiquity; that marks it as a standard software for arranging remote video calls of all kind. Bundling in a meeting examining feature within Skype; is able to race up the interview process; since the subjects won’t need to shift to a different tool; in order to perform the technical screening.
This is how such conversation platform runs today. The Skype users will have different dual apps working simultaneously. One is Skype for the call; and the other is a code editor.
Moreover, Skype Interviews features rather allows you to have the video call in real time; showing on top of the code editor app in both Google Chrome; and Microsoft Edge browser window. This facilitates the person interviewing to provide instructions; and remarks while the applicant gives the test.
Meanwhile, the in-browser code editor enables the interviewee; to run their code and see the results; also, it incorporates real-time inline syntax highlighting; to help them rectify errors.
The tool simply needs the browser; configured to English and to head over to Skype.com. Notably, you do not even have to download Skype app or install plugins.
Rather, the interviewer just visits the Skype Interviews website; and “Start Interview” to get the ball rolling. This will render them with a different link they can share; if they see fit. Contestants can then click the link; and decide to sign into Skype or join as a visitor after subscribing their name.
Interviewers can also examine on multiple programming languages in the same session; as there’s a button in the upper-left; that enables you to switch between the various option.
The Skype Interviews feature is currently in testing phase; as the company is looking for feedback about the new add-on. It remains unclear when the feature would leave preview mode; or if it would make a native app version available.