There are many in the college counseling business who feel that Skyping and video chatting with a student are just as good as in-person counseling. Although I certainly do both, I prefer being face to face with a student. Here's why.. because I can pick up on their energy much faster and more easily, develop good eye contact (great practice for interviews), tune in to the non-verbal cues (giving me more information about them that helps with their application process), diminish communication gaps and misinterpretations, and of course, eliminate the potential distractions around them and mechanical malfunctions of video.
I believe my ability to help my students is enhanced by how fast and thoroughly I can get to know them, and understand where their strengths and weaknesses are. Once I see those strengths, I begin to put the pieces of a puzzle called "who is this person?" together. Then I work with the student to figure out just how can we best show his or her most outstanding qualities, find a hook or frame that separates them from other applicants and then work on refining that verbal image. Can I do this effectively on Skype? Of course, but it is so much faster and easier in- person.
What do you think about in person versus Skype communication, particularly for an interview?