In this digitalized world, we have to communicate with people who speak more than one language.
Thus, interpreters are essential in communicating with foreigners. According to a recent report, the demand for interpreters and translators is constantly growing and is expected to increase by 19% by 2028. You can’t hire an interpreter based on linguistic skills alone. There are other things that you should consider when choosing a competent interpreter.
Therefore, it is very important to hire a competent translator who can meet all the requirements of your business.
Let’s review the qualities an interpreter should demonstrate.
♦️ Enthusiasm and knowledge of the industry
A competent interpreter is committed to helping people not only by interpreting, but also by focusing on understanding services. They take into account cultural nuances. In addition to knowing the language, an interpreter should have knowledge of industry terminology and the different dialects spoken in the target market. Some fields, such as medicine and law, use complex terms.
A good interpreter keeps all information confidential during and after the interpreting process.
♦️ Social skills and ability to handle pressure
An interpreter must have the intuition to be a good communicator. They must remain neutral in any emotional encounters. However, the best interpreter is someone who adapts to the environment and works cooperatively. Because all circumstances and conditions are different, they remain calm and wait for the next conversation.
♦️ Attitude and clothing
A good interpreter should be linguistically proficient, have interpersonal skills, be friendly and cooperative regardless of the situation.
In addition, the interpreter must be an active listener. Most of the time they are in the background, but if they have to come to the forefront, they can’t be rude and boorish or analyze anyone. Moreover, one of the other qualities of an interpreter is that they must be well-groomed and professionally dressed.
⁉️ What interpreter traits are the most important for you as a customer?