he term interview transcription refers to the creation of a “transcript”—a “written/typed record”—for a recorded conversation. Though that sounds easy and really straightforward, transcription requires high skill, unwavering focus and attention, a strong sense of determination and persistence… and a lot more that we’ll cover below.
You don’t know how many times people—friends, colleagues, my mother—have all told me, “Oh, that sounds easy. I can do that!”
But when given our transcription test, they don’t even attempt it after experiencing just how difficult (and extremely time-consuming) transcription can be.
In fact, transcribing a 1-hour recorded interview can take, on average, between 3 and 12 working hours. (More on that later.)
So remember to weigh the value of your time when deciding whether to do your own research and academic interview transcription, or whether to hire a specialist.
This post will help you decide whether to type up your own interviews, pulling back the curtain on what you’re getting into if you do.
We’ll cover transcription styles, transcription templates, transcription software, and even guidance on managing unique situations you might encounter while doing the work.
Let’s get after it.