The Hired Guns have the perfect gig for Guns with journalism or social sciences chops and strong attention to detail. As a Research Interviewer you will be conducting telephone interviews with U.S.-based financial services professionals. This is NOT telemarketing! The interviews involve quantitative and qualitative questions that require good judgment, flexibility and the ability to probe skillfully for information. This gig offers a tremendous amount of flexibility. If you are a grad student working on a dissertation, a journalist, a freelance writer, or anyone else with a highly flexible schedule, this gig is a fantastic way to earn income while doing interesting work during what might otherwise have been downtime between projects.
Assertive, diplomatic, and easy to talk to — and most importantly an excellent interviewer — you’ll have no problem managing comfortable, collegial phone conversations with folks you don’t know. Whether you’re in journalism or have academic or professional experience in the social sciences (think anthropology, psychology, sociology), your communication skills, organizational skills, and writing skills are all second to none. You’ll need proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, impeccable grammar and spelling, and an I’s dotted/T’s crossed approach to life. A bachelors degree with a strong academic record is required.
As a research interviewer you will be conducting telephone interviews with banking professionals, asking quantitative and qualitative questions and probing for more detailed responses when appropriate. Again, this is by no means telemarketing, and you will not be “cold-calling”: the people you interview will have been notified by the client that a researcher will be calling. Your diplomacy and assertiveness will be important, though, to help convince the often-busy respondents to follow through and complete the interviews.
The work is part-time and flexible. Although the calling needs to take place during business hours when the respondents are at work, you can do the transcribing on your own schedule. You will conduct the interviews remotely from your home office or other remote workspace, which needs to be equipped with broadband Internet. To ensure quality connections on your phone calls, it is preferred that you have a wired Internet connection (for VoIP/Skype) and/or a land telephone line.
This research project will begin in early April. Do impressive work on this program, and you can expect to be invited back for periodic projects that come up throughout the year.