You can either love Skype or hate Skype, but you can’t ignore it. The video conferencing tool from Microsoft has been a staple of many remote meetings since 2003.
First, what is Skype?
Skype is software that enables the world’s conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice one-to-one and group calls, send instant messages and share files with other people on Skype. You can use Skype on whatever works best for you – on your mobile, computer or tablet.
Skype is free to download and easy to use.
If you pay a little, you can do more – like call phones and send SMS. You can pay as you go or buy a subscription, whatever works for you. And in the world of business, this means you can bring your entire ecosystem of workers, partners and customers together to get things done.
Last year, Skype was redesigned for the new generation. Since then, it has made incremental improvements that may keep you coming back to it. Here are three recent Skype features that may be indispensable in some situations like an interview.
1. The Skype Code Editor
The web version of Skype can be run on Chrome or Edge. The built-in code editor is useful when you need to have a collaborative coding session while discussing it over a video chat. The main purpose is to have richer technical interviews. Here’s how it works:
- Go to Skype.com/interviews.
- Click Start interview. A unique one-time link is generated.
- Share the link with your team member who needs to just click on it and join the session.
Which browsers are supported in Skype interviews?
All features are supported on Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome (version 32 and above). Firefox only supports the code editor. Safari and mobile browsers are unsupported.
Which coding languages are supported by the code editor in Skype interviews?
2. The Shared Whiteboard in Skype
The digital whiteboard offers a wide range of tools you can use to sketch out complex scenarios, showcase flows, and save the final whiteboard so you can access it again. Here are just a few tools you will see when you launch the whiteboard:
Pencil tool—Use the pencil to sketch out a more complex scenario or setting. You can change the stroke width and color using the property configuration buttons in the center of the tool bar.
Shape tools—If you want to illustrate a diagram to showcase a flow in a scenario, then we’ve got you covered with our rectangle, circle, and line tools. Make sure to also label the objects using our text tool, which will allow you to freely write any text in a given area.
Archive whiteboard—At the end of the interview session, you can save a copy of the whiteboard and archive it for future reference. The saved SVG file can be opened on both Window and Mac computers.
The real-time digital whiteboard makes interviews overall a more collaborative experience—one where the participants will able to visualize their thoughts and ideas, and read back key takeaways after the fact. Our goal to make Skype Interviews the universally accepted tool for all video call interviews—regardless of distance, technical, or non-technical—pushed us to innovate further. Since
Here’s how it works:
- Log into Skype.com/interviews.
- Click the Whiteboard icon in the left sidebar.
- Use the Skype whiteboard tools like Text, Pencil, Line, and Shapes tools to draw and annotate your ideas.
- In the end, you can save and archive your whiteboard session as an SVG file on any computer.
3. The Skype Interview Smart Scheduler
Skype Interviews as explained is meant to ease the process of recruiting programmers. But that task won’t get off the ground if you don’t schedule the interview in the first place. The Skype Interviews Scheduler does it in three small steps:
- Sign into Skype Interviews and click Schedule new Interview.
- Choose the type of interview: a coding interview with the code editor, a video call, or a Skype phone call.
- Enter the candidate and interviewer’s name and email address.
- Use a set time and date or use the Smart Scheduler to select the ideal time slot.
The Smart Scheduler matches the candidate and the interviewer with an email that has available time slots for both. Once time slots are decided, each participant is automatically sent an email invite. They can click to join the interview directly from the email.
These three features have improved the shared experience on Skype. They are not only tools for recruiters but can be re-purposed for education and other team activities as well.