As a professional translation agency, we receive numerous resumes from translators and interpreters all over the world looking for work and collaboration. Some are very impressive with extensive experience and PhD degrees while some are mediocre with minimal experience and questionable capability. We have sifted through the numerous applications and interviewed many translators and interpreters. This enable us to retain the cream of the crop. Every project is different and every client has a specific requirement. So how do you decide which is the best translator for you? We’ve come up with a few guidelines to help you make an informed decision.
1. FORTE. What is the translator’s language pair expertise? What is his strength? Where does he excel? Does his education and training boost his qualification? How much experience does he have doing this type of work?
2. DELIVERY. Time is always of the essence which means they need to deliver on or before deadlines. Excellence of work is useless if not completed in a timely manner. Make sure your translator’s work load and schedule permits adequate time for delivery of a quality job. Rushed work frequently results in sloppiness.
3. AFFORDABILITY. It always makes sense to shop around. The good news is we’ve already done this for you. We literally have a roster of translators and interpreters all over the world and we know who charges the least amount for the best quality work. When you shop globally versus just limiting yourself to the US market you’re guaranteed that you’re getting the most competitive pricing.
4. RELIABILITY. Are they consistent with their work? Can you rely on them to deliver on time with first class output? Is this a part time job for them or is this what they do full time? This gives you an idea of focus and attention that is given towards your project. You want to make sure that they are always available when you need them. Prompt communication by phone and email is a top necessity. It needs to be crystal clear that customer satisfaction is job #1.
F D A R – this is the acronym you need to remember -Forte, Delivery, Affordability, Reliability. Next time you’re looking for a translator, keep these tips in mind. It will help you make the right decision.
At Affordable Interpreters we’re confident that we can provide you the best translator or interpreter for your next project. Call us so we can guide you accordingly.
To your continued Success…