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Do companies interview prospective software or programming interns? Do any companies use video interviews?

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Can you revise the question to make it more specific to programming internships? Otherwise it's too generic and better suited for Professional Matters. –  Josh K Jan 3 '12 at 20:15
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Yes, companies interview prospective interns.

I know of some, like Apple, that use video messaging to host interviews if the candidate is far (based on interview stories from friends). Some companies, like Microsoft, will fly you out to their campus to host interviews if you pass a phone screen/first round. Other companies, like Google or Zynga, are willing to extend internship offers after a round of phone interviews.

I've never heard of a company not interviewing prospective interns. You probably wouldn't want to work for a company that didn't. Most companies take their internship program seriously and use it as a pipeline for getting full time employees.

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The last sentence is the important part. If they don't screen candidates, you'll end up working with a bunch of bozo's. –  Chris Pitman Jan 3 '12 at 19:54
    
+1. A company would do a huge disservice to any employment candidate if they hired without an interview. Remember, an interview is a two way street. It is just as important that the candidate has a fair chance for a first hand evaluation of the potential employer as the reverse. –  Jim In Texas Jan 3 '12 at 23:00
    
+1: When I applied for internship as a software developer at Microsoft they paid all the expenses for me to fly from Hamburg to Seattle and back just for the interview in person after the first round interview on phone. I was really surprised! –  Alexander Galkin Jan 3 '12 at 23:10
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When I've been on teams that hired interns we always did a face-to-face interview. Usually it was less technical than making sure the person in question wasn't a jerk, a total basketcase or something like that. We also wanted to see some passion for programming and willingness to learn by doing grunt work. As for the technical side, we took grades and professor's recommendations into consideration before committing to an interview.

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