Recording Research Interviews Viable Tips

Recording academic research interviews is essential in collecting qualitative data. This exercise is mostly done in dissertation and thesis research project as it allows for descriptive data analysis. Research interview recording can be done in different ways such as recording the interview as well as notes written before or after interview. However, recording the research interview is essential as it helps in capturing the little very essential details that one is likely to miss out when writing notes when having one on one interview. The audio recorded gives a chance to play back and forth the different parts of the interview hence confirming the contents. In order for the recording research interview to be successful, there are some considerations to be made. Here are some viable tips on doing such recordings.

Right equipments

The success of every research interview recording depends on the availability of the right equipments. Unfortunately in this era of technological inventions, many result in using the iPhone and iPad to record an interview. This will definitely provided contents of poor quality as interruptions are possible from the incoming texts and calls. In addition, any mistake in handling the device is likely to delete the recorded interview. Therefore, it is worth investing in buying the right equipments that are affordable to all. The equipments with flash memory as they do not make noise that might interfere with the audio recorded. One needs to consider acquiring an external microphone for enhancing powerful voice recording. A good example is making use of a normal laptop with an external microphone. One can also make use of PCM or AIFF that allows for uncompressed audio format that can be shared for transcription purposes. This ensures that the desired quality is achieved.

Ideal location

The choice of the interview venue determines the quality of the recording made. Before setting the date for recording research interview, it is essential to designate the venue and visit it before hand. This helps in assess the suitability of the location as it should be free from any noise from the exact venue or the surroundings. It should be remembered that the right equipments might be available but the noisy environment ruins the quality of the recording. An ideal venue for interview is the boardroom, office or any other quite environment. One can also record the academic research interview in a quiet hotel room or at home making sure that there are no children around to make noise. Therefore, one should avoid holding the recordings in the restaurants, sport fields or even public parks as there is a high possibility of background noise.

Give respondent the chance

When carrying out the recording academic research interview, it is important to bear in mind that the interviewee is the key player. In this case, the interviewer should take the shortest time possible to ask the questions that should be open ended and allocate most of the time to the respondent. This gives the interviewee enough time to express and answer the questions posed. In addition, do not jump into conclusions but take time to clarify with the interviewee about the unclear issues. This helps in having a quality recording research interview.

Jessica Miller, Marketing Head in Transcriptionwave, General Transcription Services Company in the US.

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