QualStage is a web-based online interview platform that guarantees anonymity and personal data security. It was developed by a team of healthcare market research experts to give M3 panel members a private and convenient experience when participating in online interviews with M3 Global Research.
Compared with other web conferencing platforms, QualStage keeps you fully anonymous, and you won´t need to download any software to use the platform. When you’re invited to take part in an interview, you´ll be sent a unique interview link that you click on when it’s time to join the session.
When invited to an online interview powered by QualStage, we recommend that you use one of the following devices and set-ups:
The interview link that you receive via email is a unique link created just for you and ensures that your participation is fully anonymous.
Your unique interview link can be found in both your email confirmation, and the reminder sent by the M3 project management team. Your link will be highlighted in yellow under the ‘QualStage login instructions’ section.
Once you have completed the tech check and your attendee code has been verified, you will enter the virtual waiting room until the moderator has started the meeting and granted you access.
You will then be able to join the meeting by clicking the ‘Join Meeting’ button, or you will be added automatically after five seconds.
If the meeting ends prematurely, or you happen to ‘drop out’ from the platform, please try the following:
The meeting tools give you access to these functions during the interview, such as “Mute my Mic”, “Chat”, and “Camera”. Here, you’ll find a description of each tool:
Mute my Mic
Click the microphone icon to mute and unmute yourself at any point during the interview.
The camera icon can be used to turn your camera on or off as needed.
The bell icon lets you know you have a new message, which will disappear once you click within the text box. To send a message, type into the message box and click the plane icon to send. You can define the recipient(s) as follows:
When the meeting is officially over, the moderator will end the meeting and you will be sent an alert saying: The moderator has ended your session. Please reach out to our QualStage support team if you have any questions.
QualStage is great for your anonymity and personal data protection. When you participate in an online interview with QualStage, you are automatically assigned a numeric ID to make sure your anonymity is protected throughout the research. This function is not available in other web conferencing platforms such as Zoom.