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 formsin·ter·view·a·ble, adjectivepre·in·ter·view, noun, verb (used with object)qua·si-in·ter·viewed, adjectivere·in·ter·view, noun, verb (used with object)self-in·ter·view, nounun·in·ter·viewed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for interview

Contemporary Examples of interview

Historical Examples of interview

  • For some time after the interview with his father, Paralus remained very wakeful.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • I summoned him to an interview, and informed him in decided terms that I must be master in my own ship.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • The superintendent would have refused an interview but for one consideration.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • How I closed the argument—the conversation and the interview—and escaped from her, I know not.

  • The interview with the Sultan was the last, and was interesting and characteristic.

British Dictionary definitions for interview



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)
(intr) to be interviewed, esp for a jobhe interviewed well and was given the position
Derived Formsinterviewee, nouninterviewer, noun

Word Origin for interview

C16: from Old French entrevue; see inter-, view
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Word Origin and History for interview

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.

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