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What Makes a Successful Interpreter?

Propio Language Services   |   Aug. 23 2016

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Interpreters go through years of schooling and rigorous testing to meet certification and skill level requirements. Knowing the language is one thing, but what makes a professional certified interpreter successful? Here are some key traits every successful interpreter will possess:

Time Management Skills: Practicing strict time management skills will propel you to complete assignments within an adequate amount of time is key for successful interpreters. This awards you with efficiency as appointments are met, and professionally you’re able to show you can work within a specific time frame, making you a reliable asset.

Familiarization with culture: Language and culture go hand in hand. Understanding and familiarization with culture will enable you to make judgment calls where tone, diction, and vocal inflections are needed to express the message into the target language and vice versa. It’s not just what is said, it’s sometimes how it’s said that keeps the integrity of the interpretation intact. You’ll also be readily familiar with colloquialisms, regional idioms and the like, enabling you to quickly interpret those phrases.

Communication and client relations skills: Being armed with firm communication and client relation skills will help generate quality from your meetings or appointments. Understand who you’re working with, find out about the meeting or appointment’s pertaining information, as well as who the client is. Having that extra edge of great customer support only adds to your professionalism as clients will feel comfortable working with you.

Volunteer your services: Looking for a great way to flex your interpreter skills while giving back to your community? Volunteering community interpreting skills mutually benefits you and the local organization, allowing you to sharpen your skills while gaining valuable hours of experience toward becoming a successful interpreter.

A successful interpreter understands that perseverance with fine tuning their skills plays an enormous role in their success. When you need a reliable certified interpreter that goes the extra mile to ensure they’re providing premium service, Propio Language Services will be your trusted source. Whether it’s for an appointment or an emergency, our team of 4,000+ certified interpreters are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Now, for even faster connections, download our breakthrough app for iPhone, connecting you to a live telephonic certified interpreter in just seconds!

Professional, expert, and certified interpreters!

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