Skype Interviews vs. Spark Hire

Skype is a great tool for video chatting, but Spark Hire’s video interviewing platform is built for organizations that are serious about their recruiting.

Most of our clients were already doing Skype interviews so Spark Hire was a way for us to kick it up a notch. Spark Hire was seen by our clients as a more professional video interviewing platform. We recruit for a lot of sales jobs and presentation is key so the video interview is a great tool to see a candidate’s presentation skills.

Steven Branstetter
  • Steven Branstetter,
  • Director of Recruiting at
  • Crawford Thomas

Video Chat vs. Video Conference vs. Video Interview

One of the biggest misconceptions about video interviewing is that video chat, video conference, and video interview platforms are all the same.

video chat

Video Chat: Meant for personal use or to make a quick call

For example: Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime

video conference

Video Conference: Collaboration tool for general business meetings

For example: GoToMeeting, Zoom, WebEx

video interview

Video Interview: Platform built for recruiting purposes

For example: Spark Hire

We had used Google Hangouts and Zoom.us with some regularity, but never had a structured tool that we used team-wide. It wasn’t until we tried Spark Hire that we introduced a consistent video standard.

Kevin Miller
  • Kevin Miller,
  • Director of Growth at
  • Open Listings

Types of Video Interviews

The best way to see the differences between Spark Hire and Skype is to understand the types of video interviews.

One-Way Video Interview

Gain more insight on candidates in a fraction of the time by having candidates self-record video answers to your interview questions.

One-Way Video Interview

Live Video Interview

Interview candidates in real time no matter where they are. Record the interview so it can be shared with hiring managers and referred back to at a later time.

Live Video Interview

Features That Improve Recruiting Outcomes

Spark Hire’s video interviewing platform is loaded with features that improve your candidate experience, make your process more efficient, and foster better collaboration.

Branding

Build your candidate experience from the ground up so interviews are consistent and personalized.

Interview Evaluation

Determine which candidates you like best, organize your shortlists, and easily get back to candidates that don’t make it to the next round.

Interview Collaboration

Make better decisions by sharing interviews with an unlimited number of hiring managers to collect instant feedback.

Interview Scheduling

Take the hassle out of scheduling interviews by empowering candidates to seamlessly book with you based on your calendar availability.

We used Skype, where we did not have the functionality of downloading interviews and passing them onto schools.

Lynda Western
  • Lynda Western,
  • Candidate Care Team Leader at
  • Education Personnel

Support You’ll Love

You’ll have a dedicated account manager plus access to a 24x7 technical support team for you and your candidates.

World class training and support

Don’t feel overwhelmed by technology -- our staff will fully train you to become a Spark Hire expert!

Drop us a line, anytime

Our technical support team is here to answer your questions and troubleshoot any issues you face. No more submitting tickets to a blackhole.

Incredible concierge services

Schedule a time for you or your candidate to connect with a member of Spark Hire’s support team for a test interview to make sure your webcam and microphone are properly set up.

Previously, we would use phone screens or conduct Skype interviews. Both processes required a large time commitment to arrange meetings and deal with complications of unavailability and technical challenges. We have never experienced these issues with Spark Hire.

Chad Karlsson
  • Chad Karlsson,
  • AmeriCorps and VISTA Manager at
  • College Possible

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