How to have technical and coding interviews over Skype

Have you ever had a remote technical screening where you have to code and talk at the same time? If yes, then you know how cumbersome the process can be. You have two different apps running—the call and a code editor—and you constantly have to switch back and forth between the two apps. We want to help people with this process, with the launch of a new preview feature at Skype.com that helps you conduct technical interviews.

This new preview feature allows you to have a video call on top of a code editor that runs in your Microsoft Edge or Chrome browser (version 32 or above). It only works for browsers set to English. You just need Skype.com—no other apps to download. The built-in code editor supports 7 popular programming languages: C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, Python, and Ruby. We have also included built-in syntax highlighting to help prevent syntactic mistakes during an interview.

It’s easy to get started. Go to Skype.com/interviews and click “Start interview.”

You’ll get a unique link that you can share with another participant. The participant just needs to follow the link to get started.

Once in the interview, you can change programming languages by clicking the button on the upper left. Click the button next to “Start video interview” to start a video call.

Since this is still in preview, it’s critical we hear from you. Your input will help shape the future of this feature. To provide feedback, go to Skype.com/interviews and select “Send feedback.”

Best of luck to you on your interviews!