National Interview Day

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Have you ever had a job interview that was so memorable, it deserved its own national day? Well, you're in luck because we're celebrating National Interview Day! Dust off your resume, practice your handshake, and get ready to make a lasting impression. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a nervous newbie, this day is all about recognizing the art of interviews and the impact they have on our lives.

When is Interview Day?

It's national interview day on the 9th August.

The Origins of National Interview Day

Every year on August 9th, job-seekers and employers alike come together to celebrate National Interview Day. Its origins can be traced back to the early days of the internet, when online job boards started gaining popularity. As more and more people began searching for job opportunities online, the importance of acing an interview became evident.

Since then, National Interview Day has grown into a day of both reflection and action. It's a time to honor the nerve-wracking experiences, the lessons learned, and the triumphs achieved in interviews across the nation.

History behind the term 'Interview'


The Inquisition

In 1475, during the reign of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, the term 'interview' first emerged as a legal term during the Spanish Inquisition. During this time, the inquisitors would question suspects or witnesses to gather evidence against them. These questioning sessions were referred to as 'entrevistas' in Spanish, which translates to 'interviews' in English.


Job Interviews

The modern concept of a job interview started to take shape in the 17th century. In 1662, Samuel Pepys, an English naval administrator, recorded in his famous diary that he had undergone an 'interview' for a position. This marked the earliest known use of the term in the context of a meeting to assess someone's suitability for a job. Since then, job interviews have become a common practice in the hiring process.


Journalistic Interviews

The term 'interview' expanded its meaning to include journalistic interviews in the 19th century. In 1824, The Vindicator, a British newspaper, used the word 'interview' to describe an interview with Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington. This marked the first documented use of the term in the context of a conversation between a reporter and a public figure. Journalistic interviews continue to play a significant role in news reporting and have become a crucial element of media coverage.


Radio Interviews

The advent of radio in the early 20th century brought a new dimension to interviews. In 1923, the first radio interview was broadcasted, featuring the American historian Edward S. Ellis. This marked the beginning of a new era where interviews could be conducted remotely, reaching a wider audience. Radio interviews became a popular form of entertainment, news dissemination, and a way for public figures to connect with their audience.


Television Interviews

The rise of television in the mid-20th century revolutionized the way interviews were conducted and consumed. In 1946, the first television interview show, titled 'Meet the Press,' aired on NBC. This groundbreaking show set the stage for television interviews as a powerful medium for political, cultural, and celebrity interviews. Television interviews allowed viewers to see the expressions and body language of the interviewees, adding a new layer of nuance and depth to the conversation.


Digital Interviews

With the advancements in technology and the rise of the internet, digital interviews have become increasingly prevalent. In 2004, the term 'digital interview' was coined to describe the process of conducting interviews remotely using video conferencing or online platforms. This has revolutionized the hiring process, making it more efficient and accessible for both employers and candidates. Digital interviews have also expanded beyond job interviews, with video interviews becoming a common tool for media interviews and content creation.

Did you know?

Did you know that the shortest job interview ever recorded lasted just 30 seconds? Talk about keeping it short and sweet!


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26th October 2016

Most mentioned on

9th August 2018

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