Interview

(7 Posts)
LondonMother Wed 23-Oct-13 16:29:10

'I interviewed.' To me, this means 'I was the interviewer'. Increasingly, though, people use it to mean 'I had an interview'. Is this an Americanism? Haven't we lost a useful distinction here?

nomorecrumbs Wed 23-Oct-13 16:30:44

I've never heard this said in this context before but I guess they're missing out the "was". And yes, it is confusing!

LondonMother Wed 23-Oct-13 16:46:08

I interviewed at .....

I'm hearing it in my mind with an American accent but I'm sure I've heard it here too.

FalseWidow Wed 23-Oct-13 19:59:34

whaaaaat? people are saying this? bloody imbeciles

Onsera3 Sat 30-Nov-13 20:54:51

I first heard this on the original season of The Apprentice USA when the finalists were told they were going they were going to 'interview' or 'interview with' people. Thought it was very strange.

LiberalPedant Sun 01-Dec-13 15:15:11

Interesting question, especially from an etymological standpoint. An interview is a two-way conversation, is it not? The applicant also interviews the prospective employer.

I think the usage is supported by the etymology: inter/entre=between

Lib that's one thing you're not supposed to do at an interview!

Seriously, I'm with FalseWidow - noooooooooooo!

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