Definition of interview in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈin(t)ərˌvyo͞o/


1A meeting of people face to face, especially for consultation.
Example sentences
  • I tried having meetings, disciplinary interviews and discussing issues, but they still do nothing.
  • Questionnaires, snapshot surveys, focus groups, interviews, consultation meetings and postal consultation have been used to build the review.
  • By grounding interviews in recent consultation, we sought to minimise generalised or idealised accounts.
meeting, discussion, conference, examination, interrogation;
audience, talk, dialogue, exchange, conversation
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.
Example sentences
  • In four weeks he did 18 television interviews and 36 radio broadcasts alone.
  • This is why presidents give interviews to television journalists.
  • 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.
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
More example sentences
  • She was selected from 3,000 applicants after two interviews to attend the 1950s-style boarding school.
  • 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.
  • The lucky few were selected after three rounds of examinations and interviews.


[with object]
1Hold an interview with (someone): he arrived to be interviewed by a local TV station about the level of unemployment
More example sentences
  • He is deaf too, reporters are going mad interviewing him because they have to learn sign languages.
  • The guy came and they interviewed me from the top of Bolton Town Hall.
  • When reporters interview me about press controversies, I'm frank to the point of self-destruction.
talk to, have a discussion with, have a dialogue with;
question, interrogate, cross-examine, meet with;
poll, canvass, survey, sound out
informal grill, pump
Law  examine
1.1Question (someone) to discover their opinions or experience: in a survey more than half the women interviewed hated the label “housewife.”
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  • Attendees will be informally interviewed for their opinions and concerns regarding waste management.
  • Each of the participants was interviewed about his early interpersonal experiences.
  • A structured questionnaire was administered to adolescents who agreed to be interviewed.
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
More example sentences
  • If so, the applicant will be interviewed by the facility's manager or a hiring designee.
  • 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.
1.3 [no object] Perform (well or badly) at an interview.
Example sentences
  • 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…
  • He had the grades and the references from his school, and according to his teachers he would interview well.


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'.

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Syllabification: in·ter·view

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