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  1. a formal meeting in which one or more persons question, consult, or evaluate another person: a job interview.
  2. 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.
  3. the report of such a conversation or meeting.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to have an interview with in order to question, consult, or evaluate: to interview a job applicant; to interview the president.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to have an interview; be interviewed (sometimes followed by with): She interviewed with eight companies before accepting a job.
  2. to give or conduct an interview: to interview to fill job openings.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for pre-interview


  1. a conversation with or questioning of a person, usually conducted for television, radio, or a newspaper
  2. a formal discussion, esp one in which an employer assesses an applicant for a job
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  1. to conduct an interview with (someone)
  2. (intr) to be interviewed, esp for a jobhe interviewed well and was given the position
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Derived Formsinterviewee, nouninterviewer, noun

Word Origin

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



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

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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]
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