The main aspects to consider when choosing an interpreter are experience of the interpreter or organisation offering the service. It can be hard to know where to start when you need an interpreting service. Perhaps the first question to ask would be do they offer the interpretation service in the language you require? For example, you need Chinese interpreter in China.
It’s worth asking for a company’s references – who else have they worked for? This will give you a good idea of their capabilities, breadth and scope.
Another important aspect to consider is whether the interpreter is going to do face to face work, or are they just required to provide interpretation over the telephone – sitting with a headset on in a booth, for example, providing instant interpretation of a foreign dignitary’s speech at a conference say – or standing next to the speaker. If face to face is required, presentation and social skills move higher up the list of requirements. It’s important for the Chinese interpreter in China to emulate the emphasis, delivery and authority of the speaker, to render the full meaning through the interpretation and ensure there is no ambiguity.
Consider too that interpretation is not just a matter of substituting words in one language for words in another. The interpreter needs to understand the thought expressed in one language and then be able to explain it using the resources and cultural nuances of another language.
A professional interpreter carries a load of pressures, when compared with a translator. He is efficient enough to translate spoken words in different languages and pass them towards different directions verbally. Here it should be kept in mind that this language expert does not carry any reference materials. Irrespective of this limitation he is bound to carry on his verbal interpretation work instantly whenever any person speaks a word on the spot.
An interpreter needs to execute some challenging tasks as well. He is a virtual human bridge who diligently provides a strong platform to carry on a complicated discussion between several people. He is not merely a passive participant in the discussion. On the other hand his caliber influences the success rate of the meeting outcome. If the discussion between participating heavyweights turns ugly, resulting in heated exchanges of verbal words, he needs to keep his cool and control his emotion and showcase his rare talent, i.e. is showcasing his proficiency in top-grade diplomacy. No wonder, such verbal linguistic professionals enjoy great demand in the international organizations.