Transcription is one of those things that people often desperately want to avoid. This is especially true of longer pieces of content, and it’s easy to see why. Interview transcription takes time and effort, and it’s some of the most tedious work that someone can have to do. The main problem is that most people can’t type at the rate that people speak, which means that to accurately transcribe they have to continuously go back and re-listen to things to catch everything. Furthermore, there are often difficulties in identifying what people are saying or fighting through things like background noise. However, there are a few tricks of transcription that our professionals are aware of to help people do a better job and make their results more successful, and we’ve decided to share some of them with you today.
One of the biggest problems that people have is with words or phrases that they can’t discern. The key here is to make sure that you mark what you cannot hear and continue on, then when you go back it’s likely that you can see in the context what they meant to say. If not, just leave it, it’s better to be unsure than to make false claims. How you should do transcribing an interview depend on the situation. If it’s for your own use then simply go as fast as you can, leave out inaudibles, don’t correct grammar, delete repeated words, and try and skip the obvious ones if you have trouble keeping up with speech (things like and just use a plus sign, etc.) If you can, pick out the most important parts and leave that which is disposable.
No matter what tricks and tips you use, transcription isn’t going to be fun, and it’s going to be a tedious way to spend your time. It’s also likely that some mistakes will find their way into the final product. Why not simply get guaranteed perfect transcription without having to worry about any of this? That’s what our professional interview transcription service can offer you!