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[in-ter-vyoo] /ˈɪn tərˌvyu/
a formal meeting in which one or more persons question, consult, or evaluate another person:
a job interview.
a meeting or conversation in which a writer or reporter asks questions of one or more persons from whom material is sought for a newspaper story, television broadcast, etc.
the report of such a conversation or meeting.
verb (used with object)
to have an interview with in order to question, consult, or evaluate:
to interview a job applicant; to interview the president.
verb (used without object)
to have an interview; be interviewed (sometimes followed by with):
She interviewed with eight companies before accepting a job.
to give or conduct an interview:
to interview to fill job openings.
Origin of interview
1505-15; inter- + view; replacing enterview < Middle French entrevue, noun use of feminine of entrevu, past participle of entrevoir to glimpse
Related forms
interviewable, adjective
preinterview, noun, verb (used with object)
quasi-interviewed, adjective
reinterview, noun, verb (used with object)
self-interview, noun
uninterviewed, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for interviews
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  • His prices for these interviews worked out, as a rule, at about three cents a word.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • In all these interviews Violet's name has not been mentioned.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • She was calm and impersonal during these interviews, and he tried to be so.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • But how shall we fix the time and place for these interviews?'

  • I know what I am; at the end of a couple of interviews I shall rebel, and become wicked.

    En Route J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
British Dictionary definitions for interviews


a conversation with or questioning of a person, usually conducted for television, radio, or a newspaper
a formal discussion, esp one in which an employer assesses an applicant for a job
to conduct an interview with (someone)
(intransitive) to be interviewed, esp for a job: he interviewed well and was given the position
Derived Forms
interviewee, noun
interviewer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French entrevue; see inter-, view
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for interviews



1510s, "face-to-face meeting, formal conference," from Middle French entrevue, verbal noun from s'entrevoir "to see each other, visit each other briefly, have a glimpse of," from entre- "between" (see inter-) + Old French voir "to see" (from Latin videre; see vision). Modern French interview is from English. Journalistic sense is first attested 1869 in American English.

The 'interview,' as at present managed, is generally the joint product of some humbug of a hack politician and another humbug of a newspaper reporter. ["The Nation," Jan. 28, 1869]


"to have a personal meeting," 1540s, from interview (n.). Related: Interviewed; interviewing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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interviews in Technology

An object-oriented toolkit developed at Stanford University for building graphical user interfaces. It is implemented in C++ and provides a library of objects and a set of protocols for composing them.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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