- Ewandro Magalhães
- Int'l Civil Servant, interpreter, author, speaker, trainer. Married to Mena, father to Dani, Bia and Nana. This is a personal blog.
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Lesson # 1: Quality is a package
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It's interesting how the same rules apply to different industries. In film crews would rather work with someone who's good as well as punctual and nice than with someone who's excellent but constantly late and obnoxious.
As for interpreters, I met the head of an important Latin American company who chose to hire someone who was bilingual and not at all an interpreter over the professional interpreter he normally used because he just couldn't stand the pro interpreter.
And thank you for mentioning manners! I'm in interpreting school and I WISH there were a whole class on manners because it seems to be a dying trait for many. When I try to imagine my classmates as co-workers (or heaven's forbid booth mates) I mostly cringe, especially at the younger ones. They're all good, in fact they're much better than me, but as an older person with previous (real life) work experience, I can see how unpleasant it would be to work with these classmates, or to have to deal with them as clients.
Ewandro, I’m glad you point out manners as part of good professional quality, extended,even, to smelling good in the booth.:-) While one can learn booth manners through interpreting skills courses, one should come to the booth or to the interpreting class with manners learned at home, which unfortunately, not all are leveled from this point. So, like in any other profession, the good quality package professional is stable, secure, reliable and considerate; he / she is seen not only as a great professional, but also as a great one to be around and to work with.
Hi, Thais and "Anonymous".
Thank you for your comments. While most of us can keep our cool heads under normal circumstances, some people tend to lose balance under severe stress. And that, I think, is where more training is needed. Finding aplomb in a crisis is a learned skill.
Thank you for posting these great tips for all of us to follow. When I get to refer interpreters I go for the competent, punctual, and polite who are not full of themselves, just like you said. First and foremost, we work in teams that means being a good team player not a prima donnas.
I wish this concerned only the 'prima donnas', I had a huge problem and the worst booth day because a not very good interpreter used the wrong channel (retour instead of A language for speaking in his A language) and got furious when I calmly switched them back... He screamed with his mic on, spilled coffee on my iPad, etc... and just to be spiteful, went on speaking in his A language on the B channel:-)