Hiring any new service provider for your business is not always an easy task. You must select carefully and ensure that they match your needs exactly.
The same applies for procuring an interpretation service. There are certain criteria for identifying a high-quality service. Here are some characteristics the interpretation service you choose should have.
1. Alignment with your Business Aims and Objectives
Hiring such a service is an investment, and you will only get value for your money if their service aligns with your business objectives. Ask yourself three questions:
• What kind of interpretation do you require?
• What languages do you need the interpretation for?
• What is the subject and nature of the interpretation job?
Answers to these questions will help you isolate what you need. If an interpretation service does not meet your requirements, they will not be an asset for you.
2. Experience and Training
Experience is imperative. Without experience there is a strong chance of errors.
Experience will allow the interpreters to adjust to your needs and preferences. Training can make them familiar with the process and requirements you need, but it should be paired with experience.
An interpreter without both experience and training should not be hired.
With the advent of interpreting assistive technology, interpreters are not limited to consecutive interpreting style. By using headsets, microphones, smart phones, short distance radio transmission, laptops, Zoom, etc., the delivery of the communication can be customized to your need. Interpreters can listen to what the speakers are saying and then interpret the meaning accordingly, on the fly. The modern interpreter is comfortable with a whole range of technical adaptations.
To meet all these requirements, the interpretation service should have available the latest equipment, making the experience seamless and smooth.
4. Their Conditions and Terms
A professional interpretation service is a business and of course, they will have service terms and conditions. It is important to read the service agreement and understand terms and conditions before you proceed to do business with them.
Finding the right interpretation service for your business can be a tough job, but can be done well if you follow these guidelines. Time spent on this selection process can be very helpful in the long run.
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