Over the past several years we have seen an increased use of video calls (e.g., Skype) as a replacement for in-person first-round interviews at the Eastern Division meeting of the APA. Though there may be some holdouts (for various reasons), the trend seems likely to continue. What have been the effects of this change, so far, on the job market? And are they salutary, on their own or all things considered?
For example, some have suggested that departments, freed from the uniform schedule of the past, are advertising earlier, with earlier deadlines, in an attempt to snap up desirable candidates. Are there in fact more ads already, with earlier deadlines? Is this a strategy your department has considered? How are candidates dealing with these changes?