What to Expect when Hiring an Interpreter

ASL Translation by Cory Brunner

What to Expect

Thank you for your interest in Options Interpreting Cooperative.  When hiring an interpreter it is imperative that the communication needs of the Deaf person are compatible with the interpreter hired for any given situation. Below you will find information that will make the hiring process easier, clearer, and more efficient.

Does the consumer prefer a specific interpreter?  If so, it may be because they know they are able to communicate well with the interpreter.

Is the interpreter’s knowledge and skill level appropriate for the situation?  Do they have any background that will enable them to understand the technical terms likely to arise in that situation, i.e., medical, legal, etc.?

Interpreters are in high demand and often booked weeks in advance.  Contact the interpreter as much in advance as possible in order to insure that they are available.

Do I need more than one interpreter for this assignment?  How long will the interpreter be working?  What sort of interpreting is involved? .  For example, conferences with more than one Deaf participant attending breakout sessions require a sufficient number of interpreters to ensure coverage for each person. Note that interpreters often work together to ensure accuracy and minimize errors that might arise from interpreter fatigue.

To ensure that the interpretation goes smoothly for everyone, preparation material that is available in advance should be shared with interpreters so that they will become familiar with the content.

Interpreters hired through Options Cooperative will be hired and paid directly.  Each interpreter will submit their rates, terms and conditions in advance of confirmation of services.  Interpreter rates vary based on level of certification and years of service.  Interpreter rates range from $45 -$75 per hour with an appearance fee lasting up to two hours and then billed by half-hour increments.

Options Interpreters adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct set forth by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. This Code can be found on their website at rid.org/ethics/code-of-professional-conduct/.

Please feel free to contact us at any time for more information. We are happy to answer any questions you have.

Thanks again!