Self isolating or working from home can get really boring, really quickly.

Even if “how to record an interview” isn’t the most burning question on your mind right now, you can only watch Netflix for so long.

Especially since you can’t binge watch entire seasons of certain shows in one go anymore because they’ve decided to release weekly episodes for them.  Grrr…

Anyway, sooner or later you’re going to want to do something else, something more productive.

Before we delve deeper into the topic, let’s get some of these questions out of the way:

Who is this Guide for?

In no specific order:

  • Podcasters
  • YouTubers
  • PhD Candidates
  • Lecturers
  • Students
  • Journalists
  • Doctors

Even if none of the above apply to you, whatever your niche, whatever your motivation, in these uncertain times when everyone has to stay at home, you may have to learn how to record an interview sooner or later.

And whether you’re experienced or a newbie, it doesn’t matter.

This guide will help you with tips and ideas on how to record an interview from home like a boss!

Do you need specialized recording equipment?

Depends on your needs.  If you’re a podcaster, then yes.  If you’re a YouTuber, maybe.

But for general purposes, no.  You can record high quality audio or video interviews with just your smartphone or laptop alone.

And once you’re done recording, whether you need to add subtitles to your podcast or video, or need verbatim transcription for qualitative research analysis, we will show you how to transcribe the interviews yourself or have them transcribed online from the comfort of your home!

What is an Example of Good Interview Recording?

We all know what a good interview sounds like, just listen to any one of the several thousands of podcasts on the internet these days.  Or any one of Joe Rogan’s Podcast.


The reason these podcasts sound so good is because they use high quality, expensive, studio quality microphones.

Now, while you can’t achieve crystal clear sound quality with smartphones or laptops,  with a few tweaks, you can come fairly close.

What is an Example of a Bad Interview Recording?

Hit the play button to understand what we mean by “difficult audio”.


While 2 minutes of this doesn’t seem like too much, imagine this going on for an hour or more with varying levels of background noise.

That does not sound professional, especially if you’ll be using this for a podcast or YouTube.

It may pass as acceptable quality in the field of academia, where you could extract more with audio transcription.  Or if you were taking notes during the interview, you could fill in the blanks later.