Using Skype as an interview method or tool for career pathways

Concurrent Session 5

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Participants will work together to understand utilizing Skype effectively to assist in building a career pathway to a desired position.  Unit leaders will receive tips and hints on effectively interpreting facial and body language cues when conducting Skype interviews.  Participants will develop ideas for their own application for Skype interviews.


Dr. Vickie Cook is the Executive Director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) and Associate Research Professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois Springfield. Dr. Cook has been actively engaged providing consulting and faculty development with educational leaders across the U.S. and in Mexico. Her work has been published in a variety of national educational publications and serves as a reviewer for top journals in the field of online learning. She worked as part of a team that authored the UPCEA (University Professional & Continuing Education Association) Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership. She teaches online in the Masters of Arts in Education graduate degree program at University of Illinois Springfield. Her current research agenda focuses on two areas: 1) Exploring learning and professional development through a heutagogical lens; 2) The impact of a systems approach for online leadership. Dr. Cook has served on several regional and national committees, as well as having been a long time member of Illinois Council on Continuing Higher Education (ICCHE) serving in multiple roles on the Executive Board; serves on the Board for the University Professionals & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA); has served as a mentor for the Association for Continuing and Higher Education (ACHE); is a member of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and has served on program steering committees for the UPCEA Annual Conference and OLC Annual Conference. Dr. Cook curates top articles in online learning, online leadership, and pedagogy that she shares on LinkedIn and Twitter daily.
Tammy Craig has over 16 years of experience working within Students Affairs as the Director/Career Counselor at the University of Illinois Springfield’s Career Development Center (CDC). Under her leadership at the CDC, the department became the first Student Affairs department to adapt existing and newly developed programs, resources, and services to online delivery in 2006. Recently she transitioned to Academic Affairs within the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service in her new role as a Career Specialist/Online Learning. Tammy also has been teaching as an adjunct lecturer for undergraduate and graduate programs since 2004. Additionally, her career journey led her down multiple paths consisting of 16 years devoted to higher education, 17 years of mental health and career counseling, and an additional seven years in advertising and management. Tammy has presented at a number of state and national conferences, served as the member of the Illinois Career Development Task Force and received the honor of employee of the year in 2008.

Extended Abstract

Hiring practices have changed in higher education.  Many times initial or even second interviews are conducted via Skype rather than on the phone or in person.  Based on a single Skype encounter, candidates are invited to campuses as finalists or may be removed from the potential hiring list.   Understanding and developing the skills needed for effectively interviewing and effectively being interviewed via Skype is important to today’s higher education professionals.  This workshop will be highly interactive.  Participants will engage in idea sharing, practice, and information gathering, with time allotted for specific questions and answers.

Attendees will (a) participate in activities that will exemplify best practices and characteristics of using technology as an interview tool.  Case-studies, video, and practical application will be used to share effective practices.  Web-based tools will be shared to allow interviewers to establish solid skills in using web-based interview techniques.  Web-based tools will be shared with participants as they consider their own career pathways and how they can most effectively utilize Skype and other web-based interfaces to successfully maneuver the interview process.

This workshop is designed to allow participants to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Explore best practices in a web-based, technology dependent interview.
  • Build skills in using Skype as an interview tool.
  • Create strategies to successfully complete Skype interviews as an interviewee.

Expectations of deliverables for this session:

  • A website will be designed with information for the participants to build skills as interviewers using Skype and for interviewees preparing for their own Skype interviews.
  • Participants should bring their own mobile device (or devices) to use during the workshop.
  • This workshop would appeal to all career seekers who may be asked to participate in a Skype interview.