If you use this link to register, we both get an extra $10 after you complete your first study.
What is User Interviews?
User Interviews is an online research platform that matches researchers with participants. Despite the name, there are a number of different types of study available.
I most commonly take part in one-to-one video interviews and longer studies, but you can also apply for group interviews and unmoderated tasks.
What studies have I done so far?
These are the studies I have done so far, as at 13 October 2022. Note that the amounts are in dollars, but I always redeemed the gift cards in pounds (sometimes payment is PayPal, as indicated below) – I always pick Amazon (which then has a wide range of other gift cards), but there are other options:-
- $25 – 20 minutes – 1-on-1 interview – The process of buying a house
- $200 – 15 minutes per day for 1 week (total – 2 hours) – Unmoderated – Testing a video creation app
- $10 – 25 minutes – Unmoderated – browse a website and speak out loud
- $50 – 1 hour – 1-on-1 interview – Speaking about deodorant
- $200 – 4 x 15 minute session over 2 weeks (total – 1 hour) – Unmoderated – Testing a copyright-free music app
- $15 – 15 minutes – Unmoderated – Browsing an art website
- $50 PayPal – 30 minutes – 1-on-1 interview – Using a new fantasy football app
- £20 PayPal – 10 minutes – Unmoderated – Opinion on advert idea (advertised as $20, but I got £20)
Total earnings in approximately 6 weeks – $550, which translates to around £500.
Remember you get an extra $10 after your first study if you sign up with this link.
Can I use User Interviews?
Yes – user interviews is for everybody. I know a lot of people tell me that they are anxious, but the best thing you can do it give it a go. Whether a moderated or an unmoderated task, the onus is on the interviewer/study to get what they want from you.
The unmoderated tasks always have questions to prompt you, and when sitting with an interviewer, it is them who is concerned about what happens, not you! You just have to sit there and answer any questions.
Having a laptop with a camera will qualify you for a lot more studies, but there are studies that don’t require this so don’t let not having one put you off
Why do I like User Interviews?
I am quite new to product/market research, and I wish I had found it sooner!
The best thing about this, as it should be with any good side hustle, is the payout. Every earning opportunity should be measured on how much it pays vs both the time and effort required.
As you can see from the list of studies above , when we compare it to the time it is brilliant.
When we compare it to the effort, trust me, this is easy! If you have a one-to-one interview, the onus is on the interviewer, not you, to make it work. You just have to sit their and answer questions until the time is up (or if you’re lucky they will let you go early!)
Obviously I also like that if you sign up using this link, we both get an extra $10 after you complete your first study!
Why don’t I like User Interviews?
As with any website like this, the studies fill up fast. I have to keep checking the website and I don’t always do that – but it is what is is.
It has also happened to me once where I have been accepted for a study, but when I (immediately) go to sign up for a timeslot, it says it is full.
How do I get more studies?
The best thing you can do is check the website regularly.
Whilst I am working, I like to keep the website open and just refresh it every couple of hours.
Another thing to do is to make sure your profile is up-to-date – this will open up more studies to you if you have the correct information – for example, if you mentioned that you don’t have a laptop in the registration process but you do in fact have one, then you should update this.
What should I avoid?
One thing to avoid is not being logged in. If you check the website without being logged in you may think you have found a loophole – suddenly you will see a long list of studies. However, without being logged in, this will show you studies for which eligibility
Also don’t lie. For example, you might see that a new Fantasy Football app is being tested and they need guinea pigs – you haven’t played Fantasy Football so you might lie and say that you have to increase your chances of being accepted. But what you didn’t realise is that they want people who haven’t used the app – so you’ve kicked yourself out of the game?
What’s the link to sign up?
Use this link to register and once you have completed your first study with them, we both get an extra $10! This is worth about £8, but this varies with the exchange rate.