Skype Interviews picks up group calling, new programming languages

Microsoft recently launched Skype Interviews as a way for employers and job candidates to connect for remote coding interviews. With a built-in code editor next to the video feed, Skype Interviews already tackled one major hurdle posed by such interviews, but Microsoft is now rounding out the experience with a few more additions.

Perhaps the biggest new feature is support for group video calls. Says Microsoft:

We've also heard from our community that multi-person interviews are very important for the interview process. Therefore, starting today, we've lifted the limitation of two participants in an interview. Whether you want to have peer-reviewed interviews or have all aspects of the interview in one consolidated place, it's as simple as sending interviewers the same link

Additionally, participants can now take a snapshot of any code that has been written. Clicking a new "Download" button will now save the code to your PC. A chat interface, complete with support for uploading files and media, is also now built in, appearing to the right of the code editor.

Lastly, five new programming languages are supported during interviews: PHP, F#, Go, Rust and TypeScript.

Skype Interviews is certainly an interesting, if niche, service. If you're interested in experimenting with Skype Interviews, you can check the service out at Microsoft.

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