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Language Interpreter Interview

24 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 17th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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When did you decide to become an interpreter and why?
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You can add a personal touch when answering this question as very often we choose our career based on an experience in our younger years.
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When did you decide to become an interpreter and why?
You can add a personal touch when answering this question as very often we choose our career based on an experience in our younger years.

Rachelle's Answer
"My family is Chinese-American and I saw first-hand the struggles that they faced when first immigrating to the US. I wanted to find a way to help so I immersed myself in linguistics. It snowballed from there as I realized I had a true talent and passion for it."
Do you want to keep learning and developing yourself?
Being highly engaged in your line of work means that you will spend time developing your skills, even outside of work hours. Talk about this a little bit.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am an avid learner and really do try to take every opportunity that I can to develop my skills as an interpreter. I am a volunteer interpreter in my spare time and I also read many books to help me to further develop my communication and language skills."
Do you feel you have what it takes to perform the role as an interpreter successfully?
If you have been an interpreter for some time this will be a simple question to answer because you can draw upon your personal experience. If you are newer to the industry you should talk about the qualities and skills that you possess that align well with the desired qualities of an interpreter.

Rachelle's Answer
"Yes, I do feel that I have what it takes to perform the role successfully. I am an intent listener and am a strong interpreter. My skills have been proven throughout my internship and I am ready to put them to work for you."
Is this opportunity a good fit for you?
Your research of the company prior to your interview will be an important factor when answering this question. What is it about this opportunity that you feel is a good fit or match for you?

Rachelle's Answer
"This opportunity is a perfect fit for me. The skills you require are all skills that I have perfected over the years. The flexibility in hours and the support that your company offers are all reasons why I see this as a great fit."
Do you see yourself staying in this kind of work for a long time?
Longevity is important to hiring managers. Do your best to let the interviewer know that you are in this career long term. You can also talk about your previous tenure if you have a strong work history.

Rachelle's Answer
"Yes, I do see myself staying in this line of work for some time. I have been a language interpreter for 5 years now and continue to educate myself in a variety of languages so that I can continue to be the best in my field. This is a long term career choice for me."
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