Definition of interview in English:

interview

noun

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

    • ‘I tried having meetings, disciplinary interviews and discussing issues, but they still do nothing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In line with the interviews, respondents rated consultation space with the physician as most important.’
    • ‘By grounding interviews in recent consultation, we sought to minimise generalised or idealised accounts.’
    • ‘Questionnaires, snapshot surveys, focus groups, interviews, consultation meetings and postal consultation have been used to build the review.’
    • ‘In time, however, phone calls, meetings and interviews confirmed his authenticity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Qualitative methods, specifically interviews and focus group meetings, were used.’
    • ‘The consultants conducted face-to-face interviews with children and organised focus groups.’
    • ‘Main outcome measures: Participants' views and commonly observed responses during consultations and interviews.’
    • ‘It is also possible to assess quality without quantitative measures, by using approaches such as peer review, videoing consultations, and patient interviews.’
    • ‘Due diligence, company interviews and developer meetings will require travel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I had to attend a visa interview at the US consulate there.’
    • ‘Host periodic meetings or interviews with team members in order to gather feedback on what's working and what's not.’
    • ‘Some 45% of asylum seekers do not turn up for official meetings or interviews with State authorities.’
    • ‘Most research on patients' agendas has focused either on the consultation or on interviews with either doctors or patients’
    • ‘Neither the preliminary interview nor the consultation seemed to define what patients actually worried about.’
    meeting, discussion, conference, question and answer session, examination, evaluation, interrogation
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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.
      • ‘His staff is expected to complain about a heated interview with him broadcast on Scottish Television.’
      • ‘Jorge himself began making appearances in schools and on public radio and gave interviews to newspapers and magazines.’
      • ‘It is based on a true story, framed by an investigative journalist's interview with his elusive subject and told mostly in flashback.’
      • ‘As the president battles back on the war in Iraq with a series of television interviews, are journalists giving him a fair hearing?’
      • ‘She spent Monday morning doing television and radio interviews and followed that up with an afternoon of newspaper press conferences.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I remember a television interview with him early in his career, at the Belgian Grand Prix.’
      • ‘I spoke to the Spanish wire service and that led to an interview with a Mexican radio station, which was quite interesting.’
      • ‘He also gave an interview with a Dutch radio station, the web audio transcript of which a Dutch friend kindly located for me.’
      • ‘In an interview with a television news reporter, the minister said some farmers were still mistreating their workers.’
      • ‘Councillors gained invaluable tips on how best they should approach radio and television interviews and build up good relationships with journalists.’
      • ‘His critics in the party also shunned his long-time penchant for rushing to Dublin for radio and television interviews with RTE.’
      • ‘A third has more than 250 interviews from radio, television, newspapers, and scholarly journals.’
      • ‘In four weeks he did 18 television interviews and 36 radio broadcasts alone.’
      • ‘In an interview with Cable Television, Lee said the proposal will only deter future democratic development in Hong Kong.’
      • ‘Also, I did an interview with a journalist from a woman's magazine yesterday, about parent bloggers.’
      • ‘This is why presidents give interviews to television journalists.’
      • ‘After my exclusive interview with the pigs' owner, every journalist was after him.’
      • ‘Magazine articles, radio interviews and some television appearances have happened for me, so I feel good about that, too.’
      • ‘The documentary features exclusive interviews as well as radio and television footage from the time.’
    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’
      • ‘He is now seeking admission to a post-graduate course in Social Work and has already faced an interview at Loyola College.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Perhaps not surprisingly, the researchers found that employers were considerably more likely to offer interviews and jobs to applicants with white names.’
      • ‘The lucky few were selected after three rounds of examinations and interviews.’
      • ‘She was selected from 3,000 applicants after two interviews to attend the 1950s-style boarding school.’
      • ‘Now the sub-committee must sit down this week and examine the applications and will conduct interviews with the six men.’
      • ‘Three potential students have already been invited for an interview at the college next week.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Health bosses travelled to Madrid last month for a first wave of interviews with 14 applicants.’
      • ‘After four auditions, an interview and written examination Joseph was accepted into the course of music performance.’
      • ‘During the interview, analyse applicants' skills and compare them with the job requirements to make a short list.’
      • ‘Candidates are selected by in-person interviews only.’
      • ‘Though this is not possible under all circumstances, this is relevant when you are going for an interview for a college admission.’
      • ‘According to the election regulation, the council's 11 factions would select the candidates through interviews.’
      • ‘College officials feared about a dozen students had lost work that they needed for pre-entry interviews at other colleges.’
      • ‘The 17 year old's application to study medicine was rejected after an interview at Magdalen College, Oxford.’
      • ‘Furthermore, a consular official must interview applicants unless the interview is waived.’
      • ‘He is also taking his campaign to Britain and interviews with applicants from both countries will take place in London early next year.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Hold an interview with (someone)

    ‘he arrived to be interviewed by a local TV station about the level of unemployment’
    • ‘People want you in their films, and people want to interview you.’
    • ‘He is deaf too, reporters are going mad interviewing him because they have to learn sign languages.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I've also asked reporters to interview me, sometimes first sketching a hypothetical scenario.’
    • ‘One day, a magazine editor called Young and asked if he could send a reporter to interview him on his successful record.’
    • ‘Even though I had many chances to interview her, I did not do what a news reporter is supposed to do.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One afternoon in the early Seventies I arrived to interview him at his house in the country.’
    • ‘He started in unblushing manner, giving a parking ticket to the Press reporter who had gone to interview him.’
    • ‘Reporters all stormed forward trying to interview her.’
    • ‘We even got some calls on the answering machine from some reporters who wanted to interview me.’
    • ‘The guy came and they interviewed me from the top of Bolton Town Hall.’
    • ‘A Sukhum paper sent a reporter to interview him.’
    • ‘He interviewed me and reported in the government paper what I said about gay and lesbian rights quite accurately.’
    • ‘When reporters went to interview her about the campaign they found her in a distressed state.’
    • ‘When reporters interview me about press controversies, I'm frank to the point of self-destruction.’
    • ‘I was the first person that got to interview her after her fall.’
    • ‘The clever woman identified herself as a Washington reporter seeking to interview me but then embarked on a filthy tirade.’
    • ‘She has also complained to the PCC that the reporter used subterfuge to interview her, pretending to be the mother of an inmate.’
    talk to, have a discussion with, have a dialogue with, hold a meeting with, confer with
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    1. 1.1 Question (someone) to discover their opinions or experience.
      ‘all the customers interviewed were pleased to be getting a new bathroom’
      • ‘A structured questionnaire was administered to adolescents who agreed to be interviewed.’
      • ‘Each of the participants was interviewed about his early interpersonal experiences.’
      • ‘Participants who had been interviewed were asked how well the themes represented their stories.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘If so, the applicant will be interviewed by the facility's manager or a hiring designee.’
      • ‘The applicants must be interviewed by me in person, and then I will make the hiring decision.’
      • ‘Applicants are interviewed by agency staff, and the videos shown to prospective employers/agencies.’
      • ‘The applicant was interviewed and made a statement regarding his whereabouts at an early stage.’
      • ‘The college had interviewed one of them, from Shanghai, and accepted his application.’
      • ‘All these new posts have to be advertised, and applicants interviewed, for which an interview panel is needed.’
      • ‘The applicants were then interviewed and tested for suitability and contestants selected.’
      • ‘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 will be interviewed by hospital trust chiefs and their language skills assessed.’
      • ‘An investigation was carried out by the police and the Applicant was interviewed by them on 3rd June 1998.’
      • ‘When he appeared I explained that I had filled out an application for the job and wanted to be interviewed.’
    3. 1.3no object , with adverbial 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

/ˈɪn(t)ərˌvju//ˈin(t)ərˌvyo͞o/