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interviewnoun [C]

uk   /ˈɪn.tə.vjuː/ us   /ˈɪn.t̬ɚ.vjuː/
B1 a meeting in which someone asks you questions to see if you are suitable for a job or course: a job interview I had an interview for a job with a publisher.
B1 a meeting in which someone answers questions about himself or herself for a newspaper article, television show, etc.: an exclusive interview with Johnny Depp In a television interview last night she denied she had any intention of resigning.
a meeting in which the police ask someone questions to see if they have committed a crime

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interviewverb [T]

uk   /ˈɪn.tə.vjuː/ us   /ˈɪn.t̬ɚ.vjuː/
B1 to ask someone questions in an interview: We've had 200 applicants for the job, but we only plan to interview about 20 of them. Who's the most famous person you've ever interviewed on TV? Police are interviewing a 43-year-old man in connection with the murder.

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(Definition of interview from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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interviewnoun [C]

us   /ˈɪn·tərˌvju/
a formal meeting at which a person who is interested in getting a job or other position is asked questions to learn how well the person would be able to do it: a job interview
An interview is also a formal meeting at which reporters try to get information, esp. from a famous person or public official: an interview with the British prime minister

interviewverb [T]

us   /ˈɪn·tərˌvju/
to ask questions of someone who is interested in getting a job or other position: We interviewed dozens of applicants, and have narrowed the job search down to two.
To interview is also to ask questions of someone to get information: She interviewed voters as they left the polls.
(Definition of interview from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"interview" in Business English

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interviewnoun [C]

uk   /ˈɪntəvjuː/ us  
HR, WORKPLACE a meeting in which someone asks you questions to see if you are suitable for a job or a course: an interview for sth She has an interview for a new job tomorrow.an interview with sb Before getting a place at university, you may have to have an interview with the head of department. to be called for/invited for/selected for an interview She was very highly qualified, but didn't even get an interview. a job interviews Your second interview is likely to be more challenging than your first interview. interview techniques
MARKETING a conversation in which someone is asked their opinion about a product or service, so that it can be improved or better advertised: carry out/conduct interviews The company conducted research and interviews with customers throughout the country. a face-to-face/telephone interview
COMMUNICATIONS a conversation in which someone is asked questions about themselves or a subject they know about for a newspaper article, television show, etc.: an interview with sb/sth He made the allegations in an interview with the New York Times.an interview about sth I read an interesting interview about Smith's views on the oil industry.take part in/give an interview He never gives interviews. Company officials refused a request for an interview. a newspaper/radio/television interview

interviewverb

uk   /ˈɪntəvjuː/ us  
[I or T] HR, WORKPLACE to ask someone questions at a formal meeting to see if they are suitable for a job or a course: There were so many applicants for the job that we will be interviewing all week.interview sb for sth We interviewed 20 people for the hotel vacancy.
[I] HR, WORKPLACE to talk and answer questions at a formal meeting held to see if you are suitable for a job or a course: interview for sth He interviewed for a number of jobs with banks and telephone companies. Some people just don't interview well.
[T] MARKETING to ask someone questions to get their opinion about a product or service, so that it can be improved or better advertised: The marketing department interviewed a random sample of 514 people aged 18+.
[T] COMMUNICATIONS to ask someone questions about themselves or a subject they know about for a newspaper article, television show, etc.: interview sb for sth She interviewed 120 current and former employees of the company for her book. He declined to be interviewed for this article.
(Definition of interview from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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