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How Skype Is Changing the Job Interview [time.com]
Get ready for a closeup: your next job interview might be on webcam. Looking to save time and money, companies are turning to video-chat software as a cheap, low-hassle way to vet job candidates. That means a growing number of people looking for work are meeting their prospective new bosses not at the office but in the comfort of their own home.
Employers want employees who are able to solve problems themselves, and being able to get a decent environment and setup for the skype video-interview is a good mini-test to kick off with.
"Beware of any enterprise requiring new clothes." - Thoreau
If the recruiters are flying their applicants out for interviews then I could see the cost savings but, how many people are at that level?
One exception is a telecommute job, where their whole setup is for you to work from home and that is the primary source of communication.
Every job I have ever gotten was due to a face to face interview except one. You have to remember you are interviewing them just as much as they are interviewing you.
The one time I took a job without meeting the company rep in person at their location was a total disaster. I think you have to be able to see their work environment and talk to other employees to find out if it is a sweatshop or bad workplace.
There are always exceptions but generally if they refuse to meet in person I would question what it is they are hiding.