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Interview Transcripts: The Best Way to Transcribe Full Interviews

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An interview can be a reliable source for fresh or hard-to-find information. However, referencing that information while it’s still a recorded audio file can be difficult to work with; no interviewer or researcher has the time to listen to full interview recordings. To get the absolute most from your captured information, interview transcription is the perfect solution. Transcribing your interviews will allow you to:

  • Save dozens of hours of otherwise spent manually transcribing.
  • Get a completely clear picture of the interview, word-for-word.
  • Index and reference interview sections quickly, and edit into any type of research.
  • Easily perform analysis on interview text for qualitative information.
  • Quickly read interviews rather than wasting time listening to audio recordings.

By letting our expert transcriptionists take some of the heavy load off of your shoulders, you’ll be freed up to take a break, get your thinking juices flowing, or even perform more interviews to collect further data.

How to Transcribe an Interview

Here’s how you can transcribe an interview recording in just a few quick steps:

1. Login to your TranscribeMe account, or sign up for an account for free.

2. Upload your recorded interview file by clicking “Select files from my computer” — you’ll see a real-time upload status to see what’s happening along the way.

3. Once the file is uploaded, click “Transcribe” to start the process.

4. After verifying details and confirming your order, you’ll receive your finished interview transcripts within the turnaround time specified!

Using NVivo for your qualitative analysis? Qualitative information is always easier to understand, digest and re-format when it’s in clear, accurate text. Our NVivo integration makes it easy to receive and send final transcripts directly to your account for fast, in-depth interview analysis.

Bonus Tip! Trim your recorded audio file before submitting it for transcription — you’ll save money and unnecessary text to sift through later. 

Tips for Better Audio Quality

Using enhanced audio files is the best way to ensure you receive the absolute highest quality transcripts possible. With some attention to a few small details, anyone can master the ability to produce crystal clear audio recordings.

  • Make sure only one person is speaking at a time, and request that subjects speak clearly to pick up everything.
  • Place the cell phone or recorder strategically where it is likely to pick up all of the people who will talk.
  • Record in a quiet space. Choose your interview venue or meeting room carefully to prevent background noise.
  • Serve any refreshments before the interview starts, and be mindful of noises, like shuffling paper or tapping your finger, that can create unwanted noise.
  • Use our transcription app to dictate anywhere, and integrate with helpful services like Evernote to easily pass along your finished interview transcripts.


Ready to save time and money by transcribing your interviews? Sign up or get in touch with us!

This article was originally published on February 16, 2017.