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pre·​in·​ter·​view ˌprē-ˈin-tər-ˌvyü How to pronounce preinterview (audio)
variants or pre-interview
plural preinterviews or pre-interviews
: a preliminary meeting or conversation occurring prior to an interview
Sitting in my house while on the phone doing my preinterview … I had what most people would call a breakdown.Jenny McCarthy
In the pre-interview, I would always outline exactly what I wanted to talk about and prepare carefully.Bob Newhart
preinterview transitive verb
or pre-interview
preinterviewed or pre-interviewed; preinterviewing or pre-interviewing
preinterviewed the job candidates


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variants or pre-interview
: occurring or done prior to an interview
preinterview jitters
preinterview research
a preinterview briefing

Word History

First Known Use


1958, in the meaning defined above


1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preinterview was in 1935

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Cite this Entry

“Preinterview.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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