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Interview transcription is an umbrella term used to refer to any question and answer session. It covers a broad spectrum of fields such as journalistic interviews, university Q/A sessions, job interviews or business meetings. They serve as a record for future reference, for documentation purposes and as legal proof.
It serves as a handy tool for journalists who cannot take down each and every word when an interview is in progress, it can lead to frayed nerves both for the interviewer as well as the interviewee! The need to record the conversation hence arises to reduce time consumption and errors. To transcribe the recorded conversation into a text file is a tedious process and requires an eye for detail as even a minor error can lead to a huge controversy. Journalists all over the globe being the busy professionals they are outsource their transcription work to save on time.
The text documentation of job interviews and business meetings is also of prime importance as they serve as a reference point. A valid legal documentation of business conversations and transactions is a must as it goes a long way in avoiding legal wrangles.
In university Q/A sessions and lectures, text documentation plays a pivotal role as they can be saved for posterity and used for future research, sent to academic journals for publication or as a tool to gauge the level of interest and understanding of the students.
The need for text documentation corresponds with the need for transcription services as it is next to impossible in today’s fast paced world to take time off from dizzying schedules to transcribe audio bytes. Transcription services have thus penetrated each and every sphere of life as every professional worth his salt needs the service of a transcriber for transcription and documentation needs.
To cut back on costs individuals and institutions are turning to developing countries to transcribe their work. The major advantage of outsourcing transcription work is the abundance and low cost of skilled labor.
created June 15, 2011
updated September 28, 2011