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Transcription of Focus Groups – Make Sure Your Recording is Up To Scratch


Reckon the following tips before you actually start conducting a focus group:-

  • While conducting a focus group, if you need to produce a transcript for the analysis then right from the start, you ought to take the transcription aspects into regard.
  • Moderating an information-rich and productive session is a really frustrating task. Actually, you merely have to trace whether the transcription has came back from the transcriptionist or not. Furthermore, you also have find out, is your recording unusable?
  • Focus group transcription is unquestionably a tricky business, a professional transcriptionist takes around 4 hours to transcribe a personal interview.
  • Now, if we take a focus group into contemplation, the transcription process will take more than 4 hours to get completed. Its happens because the transcriptionist comes across distinct accent & voices and he also have to judge which person is speaking at a particular point of time.
  • In the transcription process, the more irritating part comes when the transcriptionist have to listen the voices coming from the mouths full of food and eatables. During this phase, the transcription turns a bit trouble-some as you’ve to make out who’s talking with mouth full.
  • While recording, if good recording systems were used, the transcription process becomes a bit easier because the transcriptionist will get to hear clear and recognizable voices. While recording, the recording people ensure that the meeting must be conducted in a quite self-contained room (without any sort of distraction).
  • In case it’s requisite to know who is talking or speaking then it not that difficult to figure out because usually, you’ve around eight people altogether or 6 people of similar sex speaking.

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Recording interviews for transcription


Indeed, the uncertainty level is very high in an interview. You never know what an interviewer will ask you. Most of the time it happens that an interviewer don’t ask anything regarding the job but ask personal questions. So an interview is always unpredictable. But still, there’re several things that you can reckon before and during an interview. These things are imperative for both: an interviewer as well as interviewee.

Before going for an interview, you must prepare a checklist in which you must include List of questions, Recording equipment, Microphones, Microphone cables Headphones, Spare Batteries Labeled tapes or Mini Discs and Marking pen or pencil. These articles will thoroughly prepare your for an interview.

The moment you walk in for an interview, there’re certain things that you ought to keep in the mind before and during the interview.

  •  Switch off your mobile phone before you get inside for an interview
  • Place the microphones at a vantage position
  • Proper sitting arrangements
  • While interviewing, ensure that the conversation is being recorded
  • Simply being your talk with introduction
  • Don’t interrupt when the other person is speaking
  • Always ask sensible and thoughtful  questions 
  • Be attentive while listening and portray yourself as a very attentive candidate who likes to listen to the person.

These are the certain tips that you must contemplate while giving an interview. Remember; store your recorded tapes in a cool place after labelling the same. So, will you follow the above mentioned instructions before walking in for an interview?

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