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Top 20 Language Interpreter Interview Questions

Question 1 of 24
Do you want to keep learning and developing yourself?
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Question 2 of 24
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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"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."
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Question 3 of 24
Why are you interested in working with us?
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Be sure to research the company prior to your interview, and also know the job description really well. This will help you to prepare for questions such as this one. Express your true interest and tie in how well you think you would do, if given the opportunity.

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"I have known about your company for quite some time, as you have a very good reputation in the industry. I have followed your company page online and was very excited when I was alerted to the fact that a new position was open. Your company is well run and the online reviews are strong. I would be very thrilled to be a contributing member of such a reputable team."
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Question 4 of 24
What interpreting experience do you have?
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Your current resume should outline your experience but the hiring manager is looking for more specific facts on your interpreting experience.

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"I have a variety of experience that includes both public and private clients. I have interpreted for government, education as well as business. What type of experience are you most interested in?"
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Question 5 of 24
Have you taken classes/workshops to expand your education and skills that will help as an interpreter?
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A good interpreter will always work to better their skills. Hiring managers would like to know that you are never dormant in your education but that you are always striving to be better.

You could answer like this: "I continually take classes to expand my skills. This past summer I have expanded my skills in the Mandarin language. I plan to take additional workshops this coming year."
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"I continually take classes to expand my skills. This past summer I have expanded my skills in the Mandarin language. I plan to take additional workshops this coming year."
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Question 6 of 24
Do you have a passion for this type of work?
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Question 7 of 24
Do you see yourself staying in this kind of work for a long time?
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Question 8 of 24
Is this opportunity a good fit for you?
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Question 9 of 24
Do you feel you have what it takes to perform the role as an interpreter successfully?
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Question 10 of 24
Where have you gained the experience necessary to perform the job as an interpreter?
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Question 11 of 24
What have you done to prepare for this job?
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Question 12 of 24
What do you do if you didn't hear exactly what a person said but you get the general "gist"?
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Question 13 of 24
When you are interpreting, do you try to establish a relationship with the person or do you try to keep the relationship formal and more detached?
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Question 14 of 24
What types of clients do you typically work with?
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Question 15 of 24
How do you handle stressful situations?
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Question 16 of 24
How well can you understand different dialects and accents?
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Question 17 of 24
What would you do if you were interpreting and a person used gestures which are not understood in the culture of the other person?
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Question 18 of 24
What is so special about being an interpreter?
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Question 19 of 24
What can you do for us that other candidates can't?
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Question 20 of 24
Tell me about your interpreter experiences.
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Question 21 of 24
What languages are you fluent in?
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Question 22 of 24
What kinds of people do you have the most difficulty working with?
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Question 23 of 24
Did you perform a job shadow or mentorship/internship?
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Question 24 of 24
How long have you been an interpreter?
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About Language Interpreter

December 4th, 2014

Language interpretation is the facilitating of oral or sign-language communication, either simultaneously or consecutively, between users of different languages. The process is described by both the words interpreting and interpretation.

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