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I saw someone said this online:

Have an interview = you are being interviewed

Give an interview = you are interviewing someone

But as I know it, giving interviews is being interviewed, agreeing to answer questions, like "give an interview to the reporters".

It's quite confusing how to see the word "interview". Say, at a news conference or in a talkshow, which part is giving an interview, and which part is having an interview?

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    Very interesting! This makes me curious too. I usually thought that in a job interview, the interviewer is the one who gives an interview, while the interviewee is the one who has an interview. However, in the context of reporters, a politician would give an interview to them. – Damkerng T. Dec 19 '13 at 6:21
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    Have an interview is ambiguous. For example, I can say I have an interview at three if I'm going to interview a candidate for a job, or if I'm going to be given an interview myself. – snailcar Dec 19 '13 at 6:23
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    @snailboat This question makes me think that perhaps both of have an interview and give an interview can be ambiguous. – Damkerng T. Dec 19 '13 at 6:46
  • @DamkerngT. Yeah, I think you're right about that. – snailcar Dec 19 '13 at 6:48
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I agree with you that both "having" and "giving" an interview can mean that you are the person being interviewed; the difference falls more on the side of whether you are the supplicant or the granter.

That is, if you are applying for a job, you are having an interview (and I think most would agree that your potential employer is giving it); but if you are a celebrity and you agree to answer questions for a magazine article, you are giving the interview. (I think in this case that hardly anyone would say that the magazine is having the interview, though.)

In both cases, the person who is in a position to decide whether the interview happens at all or not is the one who "gives" it.

If you want to be clear about who has what role within the interview itself, I'd suggest that the person answering the questions is "being interviewed" (as we can all agree already, it appears), while the person asking the questions is "conducting the interview".

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