29 July 2022 gotranscript audio test passed

Speaker 1:
This audio is used for the transcriber test at GoTranscript.

Speaker 2:
In response to some questions we’ve had about how we grade our tests and decide who’s accepted as a transcriber. At GoTranscript, I would just like to tell you that you do have an equal chance with every other applicant. We do not discriminate by country, or gender, what we are looking for are people who can listen to the audio, and do research on weird terms that are used, such as in a Trojan Initech.

And if we asked them to identify which movie those terms were from, it’s really important because we have a lot of clients who do things like medical transcription, or legal transcription, and they need to have terms in their audios that may not be just ordinary everyday words. And they want those words to be spelt and notated and formatted correctly. There are brand names of products like Vix quill that you need to properly spell and punctuate and capitalize. Also numbers, it’s really important to look at the guidelines and see how numbers are supposed to be formatted.

So I would say that nine out of 10 applicants are declined because they didn’t look at the basic number formatting in the guidelines. You could make a case for accepting someone’s application if they spelt a name wrong. But you can get past that a little bit if you at least spell the name consistently all the way through. Like earlier in the transcript, I refer to Detroit and Initech. So even if you misspell them, at least misspell them the same way each time.

That’s so the client can go back and do a search and replace those terms and make sure that they’re all caught. It’s really annoying when you misspell it in different ways throughout the transcript because that’s what makes the editors a lot more time. Finally, I just like to say that, yes, we make our test difficult, because our transcripts can be difficult. And our clients expect the best transcribers that we can possibly get. Because they want a good finished product that’s better than anything they can get for free with AI programs. So if you’re just using an AI program to do this test, then it’s really annoying, because we will figure it out after you do a few transcripts. But honestly, it’s just you just can’t do that. Okay. We understand that using AI is easier. And at some point maybe in the future. We’ll start using it ourselves. And at that point, we won’t be hiring transcribers anymore. We’ll only be looking for editors who have good proofreading skills. So why not develop those skills now and avoid the rush.

Speaker 1:
This audio is used for the transcriber test at GoTranscript.

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