Video Conference Interviews

Employers unable to travel to Duke to interview students are encouraged to conduct video interviews. During the Fall OCI season, to maximize student participation and ease for employers, Duke hosts the Video Interview Program (VIP). At other times of the year, video interviews are conducted as requested.

Video Interview Program (VIP): Videoconferencing During Fall OCI

VIP is run as a "season" on Symplicity with resumes submitted by students and available to you by August 31. Employers can review the resumes submitted and, instead of inviting selected students to your office for a screening interview, the screening interview is conducted by video. Students invited by you to conduct a video interview will be instructed to sign up directly on Symplicity for an available time slot. We will work with you and the students to facilitate student scheduling.

To allow our IT department to optimize the video interview experience, employers will be asked to conduct interviews on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in September, starting at either 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. ET.

Several days prior to the interview, we will ask for the name and contact information of your organization's IT administrator so that Duke's IT team and yours can test the video equipment prior to your interview day. The most common video platforms used and available at the law school are Skype and Cisco Movi (this connects to a videoconference via IP addresses if you would like to use a Polycom or Tanberg device to connect.)

Video Interviews Throughout the Year

When scheduling a videoconference/meeting with a student, please let the student know whether you will be making a Skype or IP-based videoconference call using a Tandberg, Polycom, or similar videoconferencing hardware or software system. If you are unable to conduct an IP-based videoconference and require ISDN, please note that that requires more advance scheduling and testing, and cannot be guaranteed to take place without proper notice (at least a week in advance).

  1. If IP-to-IP based videoconference is the preferred method, it is important to determine whether your system can make an SIP call. In other words, can you call an address such as
  2. If your system cannot make such calls, please provide the student with your IP address so that the student can call you.
    a.  If you are unable to make an SIP call and it is not possible for the interviewee to call you, an alternative “virtual conference room” service is available to the interviewee that your office can call directly, but that service requires advanced scheduling and more testing.
    b. We recommend Skype, if possible, as an easier alternative.
  3. In order to minimize problems, our students are told that a test must be scheduled and conducted at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled videoconference.
  4. Determine in advance who will call and at what time you will connect.
  5. Determine a back-up if the call fails.
  6. If a Skype call is the preferred method, exchange Skype usernames.
    a. Test Skype connections at least 24 hours prior to scheduled call
    b. Determine who will initiate the call