Let me first share some background: I applied at a major US tech company for a software development job coming from a different continent. The initial stage was very rough and required intervention from an employee referring me for the job.
Finally I was able to talk to a hiring manager in a phone call which went very well and he wrote an email afterwards that he would ask HR to facilitate an on-site interview. I was naturally very happy with the outcome, however now I was contacted by a recruiter who wanted to setup another skype interview (or rather multiple ones in one session).
After asking the manager whether this was intended (it might have been a quirk in the process) he confirmed saying that it would make things so much easier and quicker for me. There would be multiple rounds (4-5h total) with one round with a senior manager in the end who would drive then also the hiring process.
Now my questions:
- Is it common in the US to only conduct phone/skype interviews in the entire hiring process?
- Does this course of action indicate that there is no serious genuine interest?
- What can be said about the chances of getting an offer when accepting such a process?
Personal remark: I feel that I should get to know potential coworkers and the working location before discussing an offer and that being limited to skype severly diminishes my chances of getting hired.
Clarifications: I am coming form a different continent than the US and the time zone difference is 9h.