Timing is everything. Microsoft makes it easier to coordinate schedules between job candidates and interviewers with a new Skype Interviews tool.
LinkedIn isn't the only platform that Microsoft is using to connect job seekers with potential employers.
The software giant has added a scheduling component to Skype Interviews, a browser-based tool that serves as an alternative to in-person job interviews, particularly for employers looking to fill software development roles. In addition to video-calling features, Skype Interviews includes a real-time code editor that allows interviewers to conduct coding challenges during the interview process. Built-in syntax highlighting helps candidates avoid potentially embarrassing mistakes.
Taking things a step further, Skype Interviews now includes scheduling tools that help both recruiters and job candidates align their calendars.
Skype representatives at Microsoft said Skype Interviews Scheduler was "designed to simplify the process of scheduling interviews—as well as reduce the number of steps required to send an invite," in a blog post. "With an embedded interview link, candidates can launch an interview directly from their calendar. In addition, Skype Interviews Scheduler can also become an integrated part of your recruitment workflows via APIs [application programming interfaces]."
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