Definition of interview in English:


Line breaks: inter|view
Pronunciation: /ˈɪntəvjuː


  • 1A meeting of people face to face, especially for consultation.
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    • 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, question and answer session, examination, evaluation, interrogation; audience, talk, dialogue, exchange; talks
    informal rap session, confab
  • 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: a half-hour interview with the prime minister
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    • 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 place, etc.: I am pleased to advise you that you have been selected for interview
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    • 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.
  • 1.3A session of formal questioning of a person by the police.
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    • I was in conversation with the respondent about his views on the tape-recording of formal interviews at the police station.
    • It regards a course of official questioning by a police officer as an interview.
    • Firstly, she gave a very full account in long interviews with experienced police officers.


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  • 1Hold an interview with (someone): she was interviewed by a reporter from the Daily News police are keen to interview two men seen nearby
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    • 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, hold a meeting with, confer with; question, put questions to, probe, interrogate, cross-examine; poll, canvass, survey, sound out, ascertain the opinions of
    informal grill, pump, give the third degree to
    Law examine
  • 1.1 [no object, with adverbial] Perform (well or badly) at an interview.
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    • 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.



Pronunciation: /-vjuːˈiː/
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  • Many of the interviewees seem to be engaged in a contest to see who can speak in the most impenetrable patois.
  • About 90 per cent of interviewees said they had more choices in their social life as well as hobbies.
  • But exactly how far should interviewees ' control be allowed to extend?


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  • He said interviewers prepared questions but there were no prepared responses.
  • The questions that the interviewers presented me with were unexpected generally.
  • Sometimes they even question the interviewer instead of answering him or her.
questioner, interrogator, examiner, evaluator, assessor, appraiser; journalist, reporter, correspondent
rare examinant


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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