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Guide on How to Hire a Translator

When determining eligibility of a prospective translator, it is recommended to hire a translator (as well as editor and reviewer or proof-reader) with the language expertise, experience as well as translation credentials. If you are unable to select a credentialed translator for languages of lesser diffusion, the translator may be chosen from other reliable lists or from alternative, credible sources.

It is important to check the translators’ qualifications and experience before engaging their services. Be sure to consider the following before making a final decision: language match, level of qualification, membership of a professional body such at the American Translators Association (ATA) and references.

translator may be obtained through an interview process or through a bidding process. Common industry practice is to charge a per word rate; however, some translators charge per page with a project minimum. Keep in mind that the average translator can translate 2000-2500 words per day.

The cost of a translator depends on many factors, including turnaround times, volume, language, and possible formatting requirements. While most linguists charge a per word rate; some charge a per page rate. While cost is important, it should not be the only consideration. You should consider who your audience is and how many people will come across the document. Ask yourself, is it for court, if is it for publication or a reference piece for use within your organization?

Additionally, you want to know what quality assurance steps are taken to ensure 100% accuracy. Most projects involve a three-step process: translate, review, and edit. Usually at least two linguists work together to ensure that the product is accurate and complete.

Once a translator has been hired, brief the translator and establish proper procedures and preferred protocols. Make available information and specialized knowledge the translator may need by providing relevant background information and supportive materials whenever possible. Lastly, be sure to appoint a person for the translator to contact for clarification on linguistic issues, discrepancies and/or additional information.

For immediate assistance, please call our Translation Department.

They can be reached at 1-800-915-0638 ext. 102 or email: translations@excelinterpreting.com