Tuesday, April 22, 2014

 

How to record interviews

Tips for recording group interviews

 

  • Use a small, quiet room with no interfering background noises (such as humming air conditioners or noisy cafes), as this will be picked up by your recorder.
  • Use a good quality external microphone, and ask all participants to speak slowly and clearly.
  • Allow interviewees to finish their sentences, keep interruptions to a minimum, and reduce over talk(when participants speak over each other) as best you can, otherwise words and phrases may be inaudible to the typist.
  • Sit still, don’t shuffle paper or type on a keyboard near the microphone, and don’t walk around the room.
  • If your interviewees have strong accents ask them to speak slowly and repeat their responses if necessary.
  • If you’d like speakers identified in your transcript other than with Q (for interviewer) or A (for interviewee), please provide details in the notes box when uploading files.

See Interview transcription services and Tips for recording interviews for more information.

Tips for recording telephone interviews

  • Telephone microphones are very sensitive and can pick up so much more than the ear can hear. Background noise and distortion can compete with your speakers.
  • Ask interviewees to choose a quiet location with no background noise.
  • A landline generally produces better results than a mobile phone or Skype
  • Don’t use your mobile phone on speakerphone – the in-built microphone is very sensitive and will pick up every sound within a short distance and may produce an inferior recording.
  • Use a telephone pick-up microphone to better capture the interviewee.

See Interview transcription services and Tips for recording interviews for more information.

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