Definition of interview in English:



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

    • ‘Qualitative methods, specifically interviews and focus group meetings, were used.’
    • ‘The consultants conducted face-to-face interviews with children and organised focus groups.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In line with the interviews, respondents rated consultation space with the physician as most important.’
    • ‘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 tried having meetings, disciplinary interviews and discussing issues, but they still do nothing.’
    • ‘Due diligence, company interviews and developer meetings will require travel.’
    • ‘In time, however, phone calls, meetings and interviews confirmed his authenticity.’
    • ‘By grounding interviews in recent consultation, we sought to minimise generalised or idealised accounts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is also possible to assess quality without quantitative measures, by using approaches such as peer review, videoing consultations, and patient interviews.’
    • ‘I had to attend a visa interview at the US consulate there.’
    • ‘Main outcome measures: Participants' views and commonly observed responses during consultations and interviews.’
    • ‘Questionnaires, snapshot surveys, focus groups, interviews, consultation meetings and postal consultation have been used to build the review.’
    • ‘Neither the preliminary interview nor the consultation seemed to define what patients actually worried about.’
    • ‘Most research on patients' agendas has focused either on the consultation or on interviews with either doctors or patients’
    meeting, discussion, conference, question and answer session, examination, evaluation, interrogation
    audience, talk, dialogue, exchange
    rap session, confab
    confabulation, interlocution
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    1. 1.1A conversation between a journalist or radio or television presenter and a person of public interest, used as the basis of a broadcast or publication.
      • ‘I spoke to the Spanish wire service and that led to an interview with a Mexican radio station, which was quite interesting.’
      • ‘After my exclusive interview with the pigs' owner, every journalist was after him.’
      • ‘His staff is expected to complain about a heated interview with him broadcast on Scottish Television.’
      • ‘He also gave an interview with a Dutch radio station, the web audio transcript of which a Dutch friend kindly located for me.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘His critics in the party also shunned his long-time penchant for rushing to Dublin for radio and television interviews with RTE.’
      • ‘Also, I did an interview with a journalist from a woman's magazine yesterday, about parent bloggers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A third has more than 250 interviews from radio, television, newspapers, and scholarly journals.’
      • ‘In an interview with a television news reporter, the minister said some farmers were still mistreating their workers.’
      • ‘She spent Monday morning doing television and radio interviews and followed that up with an afternoon of newspaper press conferences.’
      • ‘The documentary features exclusive interviews as well as radio and television footage from the time.’
      • ‘Councillors gained invaluable tips on how best they should approach radio and television interviews and build up good relationships with journalists.’
      • ‘This is why presidents give interviews to television journalists.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Magazine articles, radio interviews and some television appearances have happened for me, so I feel good about that, too.’
      • ‘I remember a television interview with him early in his career, at the Belgian Grand Prix.’
      • ‘Jorge himself began making appearances in schools and on public radio and gave interviews to newspapers and magazines.’
    2. 1.2An 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Candidates are selected by in-person interviews only.’
      • ‘Health bosses travelled to Madrid last month for a first wave of interviews with 14 applicants.’
      • ‘Perhaps not surprisingly, the researchers found that employers were considerably more likely to offer interviews and jobs to applicants with white names.’
      • ‘Each of us can articulate a kind of formal Australian that we might use at work, for meetings, job interviews and the like.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She was selected from 3,000 applicants after two interviews to attend the 1950s-style boarding school.’
      • ‘Three potential students have already been invited for an interview at the college next week.’
      • ‘The 17 year old's application to study medicine was rejected after an interview at Magdalen College, Oxford.’
      • ‘Now the sub-committee must sit down this week and examine the applications and will conduct interviews with the six men.’
      • ‘According to the election regulation, the council's 11 factions would select the candidates through interviews.’
      • ‘He is now seeking admission to a post-graduate course in Social Work and has already faced an interview at Loyola College.’
      • ‘College officials feared about a dozen students had lost work that they needed for pre-entry interviews at other colleges.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Though this is not possible under all circumstances, this is relevant when you are going for an interview for a college admission.’
      • ‘The lucky few were selected after three rounds of examinations and interviews.’
      • ‘He is also taking his campaign to Britain and interviews with applicants from both countries will take place in London early next year.’
      • ‘Furthermore, a consular official must interview applicants unless the interview is waived.’
      • ‘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.’


  • 1 Hold an interview with (someone)

    ‘he arrived to be interviewed by a local TV station about the level of unemployment’
    • ‘He interviewed me and reported in the government paper what I said about gay and lesbian rights quite accurately.’
    • ‘He is deaf too, reporters are going mad interviewing him because they have to learn sign languages.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When reporters interview me about press controversies, I'm frank to the point of self-destruction.’
    • ‘When reporters went to interview her about the campaign they found her in a distressed state.’
    • ‘I was the first person that got to interview her after her fall.’
    • ‘Even though I had many chances to interview her, I did not do what a news reporter is supposed to do.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People want you in their films, and people want to interview you.’
    • ‘Reporters all stormed forward trying to interview her.’
    • ‘He started in unblushing manner, giving a parking ticket to the Press reporter who had gone to interview him.’
    • ‘We even got some calls on the answering machine from some reporters who wanted to interview me.’
    • ‘The clever woman identified herself as a Washington reporter seeking to interview me but then embarked on a filthy tirade.’
    • ‘One afternoon in the early Seventies I arrived to interview him at his house in the country.’
    • ‘A Sukhum paper sent a reporter to interview him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One day, a magazine editor called Young and asked if he could send a reporter to interview him on his successful record.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
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    1. 1.1Question (someone) to discover their opinions or experience.
      ‘in a survey more than half the women interviewed hated the label “housewife.”’
      • ‘Despite the possible inconveniences, members of the public interviewed on the street supported the measures.’
      • ‘A structured questionnaire was administered to adolescents who agreed to be interviewed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2Orally 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’
      • ‘An investigation was carried out by the police and the Applicant was interviewed by them on 3rd June 1998.’
      • ‘Some applicants were interviewed by a panel of two officers, in which case the ratings were averaged.’
      • ‘The applicants were then interviewed and tested for suitability and contestants selected.’
      • ‘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 must be interviewed by me in person, and then I will make the hiring decision.’
      • ‘The applicant was interviewed and made a statement regarding his whereabouts at an early stage.’
      • ‘If so, the applicant will be interviewed by the facility's manager or a hiring designee.’
      • ‘Applicants are interviewed by agency staff, and the videos shown to prospective employers/agencies.’
      • ‘It seems that after several thousand applicants were interviewed, the choice was narrowed down to two men and a woman.’
      • ‘When he appeared I explained that I had filled out an application for the job and wanted to be interviewed.’
      • ‘Applicants will be interviewed by hospital trust chiefs and their language skills assessed.’
    3. 1.3[no object]Perform (well or badly) at an interview.
      • ‘He had the grades and the references from his school, and according to his teachers he would interview well.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They interview well and everything, and then when they come to writing, it is like, and duh…’


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.