What is an Interview ?

WHAT IS AN INTERVIEW ? (A) definition

An interview is “a formal face-to-face meeting, especially, one arranged for the assessment of the qualifications of an applicant, as for employment or admission…. A conversation, as one conducted by a reporter, in which facts, or statements are elicited from another.”

The interview is the primary technique for information gathering during the systems analysis phases of a development project. It is a skill which must be mastered by every analyst. The interviewing skills of the analyst determine what information is gathered, and the quality and depth of that information. Interviewing, observation, and research are the primary tools of the analyst.

The interview is a specific form of meeting or conference, and is usually limited to two persons, the interviewer and the interviewee. In special circumstances there may be more than one interviewer or more than one interviewee in attendance. In these cases there should still be one primary interviewer and one primary interviewee.

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