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INTERVIEWS / AUG. 21, 2013
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Why Conduct a Skype Interview

There are numerous techniques that employers can adopt when conducting an interview, including one-to-one interviews, panel interviews and Skype interviews. Skype interviews are becoming increasingly common among employers as a result of the numerous benefits that they bring to the table.

What is Skype?

Skype is a web-based program that can be downloaded onto a computer or laptop and used from any location that provides internet access. It can also be used on a mobile phone device. It enables individuals to communicate with one another in a real-time setting, and can be used either for the purpose of making telephone calls, or conducting video interactions.

Below is an outline of the numerous advantages that Skype interviews can provide:

Greater Convenience

Arranging a face-to-face job interview is a lengthy process that requires an initial short listing, the arrangement of the interview, the scheduling of the interview, followed by the review of the candidate. Such procedures are also costly to the company and a waste of valuable working time.

Save time and money

Skype interviews are easy to arrange and free to conduct, and can be scheduled within a short period at the convenience of both the interviewer and the candidate. They save business costs whilst eliminating the amount of time that it takes to perform a traditional interview, and can be easily and quickly wrapped up without the traditional formalities of a face-to-face job interview. 

Indicator of commitment

Recruiters can use Skype interviews to their advantage by requesting that the candidate meet online at a more ‘awkward’ hour (e.g. 7am). This demonstrates their overall flexibility and ability to commit.

In addition, they can use the opportunity to assess the candidate’s behavior. Is the candidate distracted by something else or do you have their undivided attention? Are they smart and well-presented? Did they bring a headset along with them in case it was required? All of these factors will demonstrate to you how committed the individual is to gaining success in the role.

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