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And this post has nothing to do with dogs or woof.  We wish though.

This post is about the numerous benefits of interview transcription.

And how you can transcribe your interviews yourself.

This is also one of the most complete guides on this topic on the internet.

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What is Interview Transcription?

In simple terms, it is the process of converting an audio or video interview into text.

Why is it beneficial?  It is much easier to find what you’re looking for in a block of text compared to recorded audio or video.

Especially if your interview is long.

Whether you are a:

  • PhD Candidate
  • Student
  • Lecturer
  • Podcaster
  • YouTuber
  • Serial Procrastinator
  • Gollum Impersonator, etc.

Interview transcription can benefit you in many ways.

It has long been the standard and most common data management strategy in qualitative research.

Furthermore, it is widely considered to be one of the best tools for analysis and interpretation of data.

Interviews are being used increasingly as a tool for collecting information for various purposes such as health issues, education, social issues etc.

Interview transcripts can also be used as a source for subtitles, or to use on your website for SEO benefits.

How to Record Interviews for Best Results

how to record interviews during lockdown

With social distancing rules in place (at the time of writing), the above picture is probably a true representation of how you will be recording interviews in 2020.

Let’s be honest, if you’ve recorded your interview with tons of background noise or other disturbances, it will make interview transcription that much more difficult.

Below are a couple of reasons why:

  • You will spend more time and effort transcribing bad quality audio.
  • If you hire a freelance transcriber, they may make mistakes which you’ll have to correct later.
  • A transcription services company may charge you extra for difficult audio.
  • Difficult audio can lead to inaccuracies in data, which will affect your outcome.
  • You may have to waste time recording the interview again if it’s really bad.

To avoid the above from happening, we’ve created a couple of helpful, in-depth guides like: