Who you hire matters. When it comes to hiring an experienced interpreter to help you communicate with a non-English speaker, you need someone you can trust and depend on. There are many people that can interpret for you, but not everyone is going to offer you the same level of quality. The person you hire has to be able to do the job for you to the level of quality that you need. That means hiring a professional who has extensive experience, the right background and training. So, how do you know what the right person will have?
Examine Your Needs First
Before you hire anyone to handle interpretation services, it is essential that you consider your needs. How important is having a seamless communication easily? How important is accuracy? Do you need someone that understands more than just words, but also body language and cultural differences? If you are going into a big contract negotiation meeting, you need a professional you can depend on with strong experience in business, international business or B2B interpretation. You may not need this level of experience, on the other hand, if you want to hire an interpreter to speak to your Lithuanian aunt who doesn’t speak English. Once you determine your needs, you can choose the right team to hire for the job.
What Experience Should You Look For In These Professionals?
Not every experienced interpreter is going to be a highly skilled linguist. In fact, not every one of those out there can provide you with high quality interpretation services. To find the best experienced interpreter for the job, there are a few things you will want to look for:
- What training and certification does the professional have and from who?
- Does the interpreter have experience in the field you need, so that they can keep up with the pace, communicate effectively and provide quality service?
- Does the individual have the experience in the culture? For example, do they have the ability to understand mannerisms, cultural differences and body language? Those are essential components of interpretation.
Ask the Right Questions
Whether you hire an individual experienced interpreter or an agency, you have to ask the right questions. Who is their client base? How many years have they been in business? Can they provide references? If using an agency, ask how they screen their linguists? A quality, experienced interpreter (or agency) will easily be able to provide you with clear, thorough information about quality control and years of experience. Professional agencies should also have letters of reference on hand should you request them, provide resumes for the linguists assigned to your service, and be able to provide proof of Errors & Omissions insurance coverage to back up their service.
Niki’s Int’l Ltd. provides expertly trained and highly experienced interpreters for on-site interpretation. Their strict quality control processes assure that your needs are matched with the most qualified interpreter. With full Errors & Omissions & 20 years in the industry, Niki’s Int’l Ltd. is sure to have the quality linguists you need! Call Niki’s Int’l Ltd. 24/7/365 at 877-567-8449 or contact them via email at [email protected].