Skype Interviews picks up group calling, new programming languages

Microsoft recently launched Skype Interviews (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab).

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  • Very nice. Hopefully this will transition to Teams.
  • I don't see why this should be transition to Teams. Teams is for members who are already in the same team, and this is for member to evaluate outside interviewers, most of them will be rejected in real life. I like that Skype Interview can login as guest, so after the interview, both sides can keep being strangers, which is the real life case. Interviewer usualy don't want interviewee know too much about him / her if need to reject in the end.
  • I'm in a developer team and we share pieces of code (just as examples) and it would be a nice to have code formatting support in Skype / Teams
  • Skype Interviews? Another Skype thing? Make it stop.
  • Actually companies have been using Skype for interviews for years now. It doesn't replace a "live" interview, but when you have to have multiple interviews and you don't live nearby, that's really convenient. Allowing companies to do more during those interviews is a great thing.
  • dont worry about it, you're not going to be using it (unless you're doing a coding interview remotely).
  • Please change its UI to large icons and instead of dark make more vivid lighter in color.Not everyone is a teenager or adult.Darkness is not appropriate for old people.
  • You can suggest it via Feedback.
  • Dark background colours allow for text to be read easily. Never the less usually that can be changed in the settings.