Definition of interview noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪntəvjuː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntərvjuː//
    Job interviews, Producing TV shows, TV shows
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  1. 1  a formal meeting at which somebody is asked questions to see if they are suitable for a particular job, or for a course of study at a college, university, etc. a job interview to be called for (an) interview interview for a job, etc. He has an interview next week for the manager's job. Wordfinderapply, appoint, candidate, CV, experience, interview, job description, qualification, reference, shortlist CollocationsJobsGetting a job look for work look for/​apply for/​go for a job get/​pick up/​complete/​fill out/ (British English) fill in an application (form) send/​email your (British English) CV/(North American English) résumé/application/​application form/​covering letter be called for/​have/​attend an interview offer somebody a job/​work/​employment/​promotion find/​get/​land a job employ/ (especially North American English) hire/​recruit/ (especially British English) take on staff/​workers/​trainees recruit/​appoint a managerDoing a job arrive at/​get to/​leave work/​the office/​the factory start/​finish work/​your shift do/​put in/​work overtime have/​gain/​get/​lack/​need experience/​qualifications do/​get/​have/​receive training learn/​pick up/​improve/​develop (your) skills cope with/​manage/​share/​spread the workload improve your/​achieve a better work-life balance have (no) job satisfaction/​job securityBuilding a career have a job/​work/​a career/​a vocation find/​follow/​pursue/ (especially North American English) live (out) your vocation enter/​go into/​join a profession choose/​embark on/​start/​begin/​pursue a career change jobs/​profession/​career be/ (both especially British English) work/​go freelance do/​take on temp work/​freelance work do/​be engaged in/​be involved in voluntary workLeaving your job leave/ (especially North American English) quit/​resign from your job give up work/​your job/​your career hand in your notice/​resignation plan to/​be due to retire in June/​next year, etc. take early retirement See related entries: Job interviews
  2. 2  a meeting (often a public one) at which a journalist asks somebody questions in order to find out their opinions a television/radio/newspaper interview interview (with somebody) an interview with the new Governor to give an interview (= to agree to answer questions) Yesterday, in an interview on German television, the minister denied the reports. to conduct an interview (= to ask somebody questions in public) The interview was published in all the papers. Synonymsinterviewinterrogation audience consultationThese are all words for a meeting or occasion when somebody is asked for information, opinions or advice.interview a formal meeting at which somebody is asked questions, for example, to see if they are suitable for a particular job or course of study, or in order to find out their opinions about something:a job interviewinterrogation the process of asking somebody a lot of questions, especially in an aggressive way, in order to get information; an occasion on which this is done:He confessed after four days under interrogation.audience a formal meeting with an important person:The Pope granted her a private audience.consultation a meeting with an expert, especially a doctor, to get advice or treatment.Patterns an in-depth interview/​consultation a police interview/​interrogation to have/​request a(n) interview/​audience/​consultation with somebody to give/​grant somebody a(n) interview/​audience/​consultation to carry out/​conduct an interview/​interrogation See related entries: Producing TV shows, TV shows
  3. 3  interview (with somebody) a private meeting between people when questions are asked and answered an interview with the careers adviser Interviews and questionnaires are the most important tools in market research. see also exit interview
  4. Word Originearly 16th cent. (formerly also as enterview): from French entrevue, from s'entrevoir ‘see each other’, from voir ‘to see’, on the pattern of vue ‘a view’.Extra examples All police interviews are recorded and transcribed. He did a live interview on the CBC News Morning show. He gave the paper an interview about his musical tastes. He had an interview with IBM. He said in an interview that he wanted to get married. He’s a very private man and rarely does interviews. I get a lot of interview requests from journalists. I have a job interview tomorrow. Prepare answers to possible interview questions. She taped an interview to appear the following day on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’. She’s been called for an interview for the manager’s job. Telephone interviews with over 400 Scottish businesses picked up impressively high rates of satisfaction. The company contacted her to arrange an interview. The documentary combines interview footage and clips from his films. The questions are the central point of the whole interview procedure and should be planned in advance. The survey team carried out over 200 interviews with retired people. This month we feature an interview with Nicole Kidman. We have an exclusive interview with the director of the movie. We’re about to start the second round of interviews for the post. a police interview with suspected terrorists an interview between the French Foreign Minister and the President of Egypt an interview for the post of sales manager an interview with the Vietnamese leader He came across very well at the interview. He has an interview next week for the manager’s job. He’s going for an interview at Birmingham University. I was one of 20 people to get an interview after over 1 000 people applied. In the interview they asked me about my future plans. She sounded like just what we were looking for, so we asked her for an interview. She’s been called for (an) interview. She’s had an interview with the careers adviser.
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