Whether your company is organizing a large-scale international conference or planning an important meeting with foreign counterparts, there is simply no room for misunderstandings in high-stakes business situations. On-site interpreters are essential in international business, and it is important to be prepared for situations in which a need for interpreters may arise.
Interpreters serve in a wide variety of environments, and interpreter services are commonly used in hospitals and doctor’s offices; during business meetings, teleconferences, and legal negotiations; during special events such as political or social gatherings where a large number of foreign language speakers may be present; or in the early stages of an employee’s international relocation.
CORE Languages provides professional, on-site interpreter services for businesses and meets the necessary requirements to be an approved interpreter services vendor to both government and military agencies. Requests for interpreter services that our team commonly fulfills include:
- Corporate meetings and functions
- Project management: meetings and business trips
- Consultations and management meetings
- Trade show representation
- Government and military relations
- Legal court appearances
- Conference and Skype calls
- Doctor appointments and hospital admittances
- Real estate meetings
To begin the process of requesting an interpreter, contact CORE Languages today and a support team representative will help identify the services you will need and connect you with a professional interpreter. You should be prepared to provide information about the assignment over the phone, including:
- When and where you will need an interpreter (date, time of day, and an exact address)
- If you are requesting simultaneous or consecutive interpretation*
- What languages will be communicated
- What industry will be discussed, and what type of topics will be covered
*Before submitting your request for interpretation, you will need to decide between the two main types of interpretation: simultaneous and consecutive. A simultaneous interpreter translates continuously into the target language while a speaker is talking. Simultaneous interpretation is smooth and fast, with limited interruptions, and is often used in large meetings when only a small number of attendees require interpretation; in these cases, the interpretation is delivered only to those who require it, usually through a headset or an interpreter positioned next to those attendees. Simultaneous interpretation is often more costly because of the high skill level and amount of preparation required, as well as any audio equipment used. More than one interpreter is typically required for long meetings or presentations in order for the interpreters to take breaks. Consecutive interpretation occurs in segments and involves more coordination between the speaker and the interpreter. The speaker delivers comments and the interpreter translates them mentally, and then speaks the interpretation aloud during pauses in between sentences or thoughts. This method involves close collaboration between the speaker and interpreter in order to determine the length and positioning of pauses for interpretation. This method is often more cost-effective, requiring fewer interpreters and no audio equipment, and it is ideal for meetings where a large portion or majority of attendees will need interpretation. However, consecutive interpretation is more time-consuming, extending — often even doubling — the planned length of meetings and presentations.