Skype Interview Preparation Guide
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Skype related Frequently Asked Questions by expert members with experience in Skype. These questions and answers will help you strengthen your technical skills, prepare for the new job test and quickly revise the concepts

41 Skype Questions and Answers:

1 :: What is Skype?

Skype is a computer program that can be used to make free voice calls over the internet to anyone else who is also using Skype. It is free and considered easy to download and use and works with most computers.
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2 :: How does Skype work?

Registered users of Skype are identified by a unique Skype Name and may be listed in the Skype directory. Skype allows these registered users to communicate through both instant messaging and voice chat. Voice chat allows telephone calls between pairs of users and conference calling and uses a proprietary audio codec. Skype's text chat client allows group chats, emoticons, storing chat history and editing of previous messages. Offline messages were implemented in a beta of version 5 but removed after a few weeks without notification. The usual features familiar to instant messaging users to user profiles, online status indicators and so on are also included.
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3 :: How would you get started using skype?

First, you need to download Skype onto your device. The next step is to create an account, if you do not already have one.
Once you have used your account to sign in to Skype on your device, the next step is to add some contacts. See my earlier answer in this post for tips on how to do that.
Once you have a few contacts, it is time for you to start calling, sending messages or sharing files and screens. If you are having trouble finding your way around Skype, you have to search in skype support.
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4 :: How would you configure your audio settings in skype?

There are a lot of things that can cause issues with your audio setup.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that there must be a working microphone and speakers on both sides of the call. For example, if your friend can not hear you it could be a problem with your microphone or with their speakers or both.
There is a basic guide to diagnosing audio issues which is a good place to start. If you are still having difficulty, Skype Support has a guide on solving call quality problems.
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5 :: How would you configure your video settings?

Before you start your call you can test to see whether your video is working in Skype for Windows desktop and Skype for Mac.
If you find your video is not working, start with the basics such as turning your device off and back on again and checking that your webcam is plugged in. If none of that helps there are more steps you can take to troubleshoot video problems.
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6 :: What would be the reason if you can not connect to Skype?

The first thing to do is check the Heartbeat blog to make sure Skype's services are all running well. If there are no issues reported there, it is time to look a little closer to home for the source of the problem.
From shaky internet connections, to installation problems and firewalls, there are many potential causes for connection issues with Skype. The Skype Support team have put together a guide to solving the most common connection problems.
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7 :: How does Skype earn money?

Using Skype Credit or a subscription, you can make low cost calls to landlines and mobiles. You can also send text messages, buy a Skype Number so your friends can call you and you can answer in Skype or set up Skype To Go™ for your friends so you can call them when you are abroad.
With Skype WiFi you can connect to public WiFi hot spots around the world and pay for the minutes that you need using your Skype Credit.
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8 :: List a few steps to reset your password in skype?

The steps to reset your password depend among other things, on how you sign in to Skype:
☛If you signed in with your Skype Name you can reset your password on the Forgotten your password page.
☛If you signed into Skype using your Microsoft account, you can reset your password using the steps on the Microsoft account page.
☛If you signed into Skype with your Facebook account and forgot your password, you can find instructions on resetting it on this Facebook page.
☛If you are still having difficulty, take a look at this guide to resetting your password.
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9 :: What steps would you take for better quality calls in skype?

There are a few things that you can do before starting a Skype call to get the best possible audio and video quality.
☛ Get enough light in the room and on your face
☛ Pick a quiet, comfortable space
☛ Dark backgrounds erase your features
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10 :: How would you get enough light in the room and on your face for better quality?

A well lit room can have a big positive impact on the video quality of your calls. If you have a bright light behind you pointing into your webcam then your face will appear dark and featureless to whoever you are calling. If the overall level of light in your room is low then your webcam will try and amplify the light to make the picture brighter and that will reduce the video quality. A well lit room is one where there is a good amount of ambient light and where you will not have any bright lights right behind you.
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