interview Definition

  • 1a meeting of people face to face, especially for consultation
  • 2a formal meeting in which one or more persons question, consult, or evaluate another person

Using interview: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "interview" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I have an interview with the manager tomorrow.

  • Example

    The journalist conducted an interview with the celebrity.

  • Example

    She passed the job interview with flying colors.

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    The candidate was nervous during the interview.

interview Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using interview

  • to question someone intensely or aggressively


    The police gave the suspect the third degree during the interview.

  • to ask someone a difficult or embarrassing question, often in a public setting


    The reporter put the politician on the spot during the interview.

  • to gain an advantage by having access to privileged information or insights


    By interviewing industry experts, the journalist was able to get the inside track on the latest trends.

Phrases with interview

  • a formal meeting in which a person is assessed for their suitability for a particular job


    He has a job interview at the bank next week.

  • face-to-face interview

    an interview conducted in person, rather than over the phone or online


    The company requires all applicants to attend a face-to-face interview.

  • an interview conducted with an employee who is leaving a company, in order to gather feedback and insights


    The HR department scheduled an exit interview with the departing employee.

Origins of interview

from French 'entrevoir', meaning 'to see each other'


Summary: interview in Brief

An 'interview' [ˈɪntərvjuː] is a face-to-face meeting between two or more people, typically for consultation or evaluation. It can refer to a formal meeting where one person questions another, such as a job interview, or a less formal conversation. Common phrases include 'job interview,' 'face-to-face interview,' and 'exit interview.' Idioms like 'give someone the third degree' and 'put someone on the spot' describe intense questioning, while 'get the inside track' refers to gaining an advantage through privileged information.

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