Also known as an interpreter, Translators assist with converting text from one language to another. Other responsibilities include sitting in on meetings to translate conversations and stay up to date with new translations for jargon used in the company's field.
When interviewing Translators a successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and have strong comprehension skills. Be wary of candidates who do not listen well and demonstrate poor communication skills.
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Interview Questions for Translators
1. Do you have the ability to adjust to speakers with diverse voices speaking rapidly at times?
The applicant's answer will display their skills as a Translator.
2. Could you give me examples from past experience where you demonstrated the ability to concentrate for extended periods?
Listen carefully. At times Translators have to translate monotonous communications for extended periods. The candidate needs to convince you they can proficiently handle this aspect of the position.
3. Are you impartial in your role as a Translator, and why would you say so?
Being a Translator is a responsible position. The potential hire needs to display the ability to treat all parties fairly and to desist from altering communications.
4. Could you give me a detailed list of communication barriers in interpreting, and how do you overcome these?
The prospective hire’s answer will share their awareness of potential challenges and their problem-solving skills.
5. Are you comfortable with interpreting vulgarity, profanity and unpleasant information, and why?
Working as a Translator requires interpretation and translation of a wide range of communications, which at times may be offensive to their sensibilities. The prospective hire needs to show the ability to overcome this challenge.