At interview she was casually dressed with good hygiene and engaged well.


At the interview she was casually dressed with good hygiene and engaged well.

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    ...begs the question...exactly how was the candidate's good hygiene ascertained? – Cascabel Jan 23 at 21:34
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    Both are grammatically correct. The second is far more common, but the first one is occasionally used - it would be taken to mean "at interview stage". A bit like you can say "at dinner" or "at the dinner". – Chappo Jan 24 at 11:20

It is not necessary in this specific context to use the definite article because, from the point of view of the writer, the sentence NOT is about some specific situation about some specific interview. It is about the interview stage in some organisation's recruitment process.

The hygienic lady who was interviewed would undoubtedly refer to 'the interview' but for the writer, apparently the person reporting the results of that interview, who has probably interviewed dozens of applicants, it is a generic description of that part of the process.

The usage is exactly the same as you will find in the medical profession: 'the patient presented with a painful shoulder, on examination a growth was found, in surgery more complications emerged, in convalescence the symptoms abated'.


From the context, it is evident that the sentence is about some specific situation about some specific interview. "Interview" is not an abstract term in this case, so it is necessary to use the definite article. Please view The definite article

Use the to refer to something which has already been mentioned.

Source: (https://www.ef.com/wwen/english-resources/english-grammar/definite-article/) - EF Education First English Grammar Quide

  • Hello, Victor, and welcome to EL&U. Please feel free to take the Tour, or visit our Help Center to see what a good answer should look like. – Cascabel Jan 23 at 21:41
  • The actual question is about the use of articles, and why in certain circumstances we have definite articles or zero articles. Possibly it wasn't clear the way it was written, but I have edited the Q to make it more clear. – Cascabel Jan 23 at 21:51
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    @Cascabel, I have updated the answer. – Victor Jan 23 at 22:08
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    @Cascabel, Thank you for the suggestions. I have updated the answer one more time. – Victor Jan 23 at 22:24
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    @Cascabel, interesting information about Attribution, thanks.But the more full and more correct answer has been added. :) – Victor Jan 23 at 23:29

Interview is a countable noun with the plural form being "interviews" (there's no abstract form that I know of).

An article is definitely needed or it would be grammatically incorrect.

If the listener doesn't know what particular interview you're talking about use At an interview and if the listener is aware of the context use At the interview

Hope that helps.

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