Definition of interview in English:

interview

noun

  • 1A meeting of people face to face, especially for consultation.

    • ‘Main outcome measures: Participants' views and commonly observed responses during consultations and interviews.’
    • ‘The consultants conducted face-to-face interviews with children and organised focus groups.’
    • ‘Host periodic meetings or interviews with team members in order to gather feedback on what's working and what's not.’
    • ‘Qualitative methods, specifically interviews and focus group meetings, were used.’
    • ‘In line with the interviews, respondents rated consultation space with the physician as most important.’
    • ‘Due diligence, company interviews and developer meetings will require travel.’
    • ‘I had invited a few friends of mine, along with two officials I had the pleasure of meeting through some work-related interviews, to dinner at my place.’
    • ‘Questionnaires, snapshot surveys, focus groups, interviews, consultation meetings and postal consultation have been used to build the review.’
    • ‘I couldn't go, I had interviews and meetings, but was jealous of those who did, as I've never been surfing in my life.’
    • ‘Some 45% of asylum seekers do not turn up for official meetings or interviews with State authorities.’
    • ‘Neither the preliminary interview nor the consultation seemed to define what patients actually worried about.’
    • ‘I had to attend a visa interview at the US consulate there.’
    • ‘Most research on patients' agendas has focused either on the consultation or on interviews with either doctors or patients’
    • ‘By grounding interviews in recent consultation, we sought to minimise generalised or idealised accounts.’
    • ‘In time, however, phone calls, meetings and interviews confirmed his authenticity.’
    • ‘It is also possible to assess quality without quantitative measures, by using approaches such as peer review, videoing consultations, and patient interviews.’
    • ‘I tried having meetings, disciplinary interviews and discussing issues, but they still do nothing.’
    • ‘The subsequent interviews and meetings followed accepted methods of qualitative research, and we believe the results to be an accurate reflection of the participants' views.’
    • ‘Comparisons between transcripts of consultations and subsequent interviews indicated that most patients were able to recall some or most of the information given to them.’
    meeting, discussion, conference, question and answer session, examination, evaluation, interrogation
    audience, talk, dialogue, exchange
    talks
    rap session, confab
    confabulation, interlocution
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    1. 1.1 A conversation between a journalist or radio or television presenter and a person of public interest, used as the basis of a broadcast or publication.
      • ‘She spent Monday morning doing television and radio interviews and followed that up with an afternoon of newspaper press conferences.’
      • ‘I remember a television interview with him early in his career, at the Belgian Grand Prix.’
      • ‘In an interview with Cable Television, Lee said the proposal will only deter future democratic development in Hong Kong.’
      • ‘In four weeks he did 18 television interviews and 36 radio broadcasts alone.’
      • ‘His staff is expected to complain about a heated interview with him broadcast on Scottish Television.’
      • ‘Also, I did an interview with a journalist from a woman's magazine yesterday, about parent bloggers.’
      • ‘It is based on a true story, framed by an investigative journalist's interview with his elusive subject and told mostly in flashback.’
      • ‘I spoke to the Spanish wire service and that led to an interview with a Mexican radio station, which was quite interesting.’
      • ‘Iranian television news carried an interview with a woman who had lost uncles and aunts and her two children, while her husband had suffered a broken back and legs.’
      • ‘After my exclusive interview with the pigs' owner, every journalist was after him.’
      • ‘This is why presidents give interviews to television journalists.’
      • ‘As the president battles back on the war in Iraq with a series of television interviews, are journalists giving him a fair hearing?’
      • ‘His critics in the party also shunned his long-time penchant for rushing to Dublin for radio and television interviews with RTE.’
      • ‘Jorge himself began making appearances in schools and on public radio and gave interviews to newspapers and magazines.’
      • ‘He also gave an interview with a Dutch radio station, the web audio transcript of which a Dutch friend kindly located for me.’
      • ‘The documentary features exclusive interviews as well as radio and television footage from the time.’
      • ‘Magazine articles, radio interviews and some television appearances have happened for me, so I feel good about that, too.’
      • ‘In an interview with a television news reporter, the minister said some farmers were still mistreating their workers.’
      • ‘A third has more than 250 interviews from radio, television, newspapers, and scholarly journals.’
      • ‘Councillors gained invaluable tips on how best they should approach radio and television interviews and build up good relationships with journalists.’
    2. 1.2 An oral examination of an applicant for a job, college admission, etc.
      ‘I am pleased to advise you that you have been selected for an interview’
      • ‘During the interview, analyse applicants' skills and compare them with the job requirements to make a short list.’
      • ‘The lucky few were selected after three rounds of examinations and interviews.’
      • ‘The 17 year old's application to study medicine was rejected after an interview at Magdalen College, Oxford.’
      • ‘He is now seeking admission to a post-graduate course in Social Work and has already faced an interview at Loyola College.’
      • ‘She was selected from 3,000 applicants after two interviews to attend the 1950s-style boarding school.’
      • ‘Every year the school spots children disillusioned with traditional study and through college and school interviews identifies those who would thrive doing more work-based learning.’
      • ‘Though this is not possible under all circumstances, this is relevant when you are going for an interview for a college admission.’
      • ‘Health bosses travelled to Madrid last month for a first wave of interviews with 14 applicants.’
      • ‘The former Wimbledon College pupil, of Donnington Road, had been due to attend an interview at Carshalton College to train as a motor mechanic when he died.’
      • ‘According to the election regulation, the council's 11 factions would select the candidates through interviews.’
      • ‘Now the sub-committee must sit down this week and examine the applications and will conduct interviews with the six men.’
      • ‘College officials feared about a dozen students had lost work that they needed for pre-entry interviews at other colleges.’
      • ‘Three potential students have already been invited for an interview at the college next week.’
      • ‘Perhaps not surprisingly, the researchers found that employers were considerably more likely to offer interviews and jobs to applicants with white names.’
      • ‘He is also taking his campaign to Britain and interviews with applicants from both countries will take place in London early next year.’
      • ‘Candidates are selected by in-person interviews only.’
      • ‘Furthermore, a consular official must interview applicants unless the interview is waived.’
      • ‘Candidates were due to arrive in Bradford tonight for the two-day selection process, but yesterday the council announced it was calling off the interviews after three applicants had pulled out.’
      • ‘Each of us can articulate a kind of formal Australian that we might use at work, for meetings, job interviews and the like.’
      • ‘After four auditions, an interview and written examination Joseph was accepted into the course of music performance.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Hold an interview with (someone)

    ‘he arrived to be interviewed by a local TV station about the level of unemployment’
    • ‘The clever woman identified herself as a Washington reporter seeking to interview me but then embarked on a filthy tirade.’
    • ‘Even though I had many chances to interview her, I did not do what a news reporter is supposed to do.’
    • ‘One afternoon in the early Seventies I arrived to interview him at his house in the country.’
    • ‘Reporters all stormed forward trying to interview her.’
    • ‘People want you in their films, and people want to interview you.’
    • ‘When reporters interview me about press controversies, I'm frank to the point of self-destruction.’
    • ‘We even got some calls on the answering machine from some reporters who wanted to interview me.’
    • ‘When reporters went to interview her about the campaign they found her in a distressed state.’
    • ‘He interviewed me and reported in the government paper what I said about gay and lesbian rights quite accurately.’
    • ‘The guy came and they interviewed me from the top of Bolton Town Hall.’
    • ‘She has also complained to the PCC that the reporter used subterfuge to interview her, pretending to be the mother of an inmate.’
    • ‘He is deaf too, reporters are going mad interviewing him because they have to learn sign languages.’
    • ‘A Sukhum paper sent a reporter to interview him.’
    • ‘I was the first person that got to interview her after her fall.’
    • ‘He started in unblushing manner, giving a parking ticket to the Press reporter who had gone to interview him.’
    • ‘One day, a magazine editor called Young and asked if he could send a reporter to interview him on his successful record.’
    • ‘I thought they were done when men and women with cameras and notebooks started coming in one at a time to interview me for the local papers.’
    • ‘Once a television crew arrived to interview me, and I could see the shock in their eyes as they tried to figure out where to place the camera.’
    • ‘Yes, but if you read more than just the cover of the books of the people that you interview you would know more about the book.’
    • ‘I've also asked reporters to interview me, sometimes first sketching a hypothetical scenario.’
    talk to, have a discussion with, have a dialogue with, hold a meeting with, confer with
    question, put questions to, probe, interrogate, cross-examine
    poll, canvass, survey, sound out, ascertain the opinions of
    grill, pump, give the third degree to
    examine
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    1. 1.1 Question (someone) to discover their opinions or experience.
      ‘in a survey more than half the women interviewed hated the label “housewife.”’
      • ‘A structured questionnaire was administered to adolescents who agreed to be interviewed.’
      • ‘Participants who had been interviewed were asked how well the themes represented their stories.’
      • ‘Each of the participants was interviewed about his early interpersonal experiences.’
      • ‘Most members of the public interviewed by the Keighley News agreed that stores should not be allowed to trade on December 25.’
      • ‘Attendees will be informally interviewed for their opinions and concerns regarding waste management.’
      • ‘Despite the possible inconveniences, members of the public interviewed on the street supported the measures.’
    2. 1.2 Orally examine (an applicant for a job, college admission, etc.)
      ‘he came to be interviewed for a top job’
      [no object] ‘I was interviewing all last week’
      • ‘All these new posts have to be advertised, and applicants interviewed, for which an interview panel is needed.’
      • ‘The applicant was interviewed and made a statement regarding his whereabouts at an early stage.’
      • ‘Some applicants were interviewed by a panel of two officers, in which case the ratings were averaged.’
      • ‘It seems that after several thousand applicants were interviewed, the choice was narrowed down to two men and a woman.’
      • ‘Applicants are interviewed by agency staff, and the videos shown to prospective employers/agencies.’
      • ‘The college had interviewed one of them, from Shanghai, and accepted his application.’
      • ‘Applicants will be interviewed by hospital trust chiefs and their language skills assessed.’
      • ‘The applicants were then interviewed and tested for suitability and contestants selected.’
      • ‘If so, the applicant will be interviewed by the facility's manager or a hiring designee.’
      • ‘When he appeared I explained that I had filled out an application for the job and wanted to be interviewed.’
      • ‘The applicants must be interviewed by me in person, and then I will make the hiring decision.’
      • ‘An investigation was carried out by the police and the Applicant was interviewed by them on 3rd June 1998.’
    3. 1.3[no object] Perform (well or badly) at an interview.
      • ‘They interview well and everything, and then when they come to writing, it is like, and duh…’
      • ‘You should consider attending an information session if you plan to interview well.’
      • ‘If he interviews well with prospective teams and shows a penchant for receiving out of the backfield, he'll go high in the draft.’
      • ‘He had the grades and the references from his school, and according to his teachers he would interview well.’

Origin

Early 16th century (formerly also as enterview): from French entrevue, from s'entrevoir see each other from voir to see on the pattern of vue a view.

Pronunciation:

interview

/ˈin(t)ərˌvyo͞o/