Selecting an Interpreter
Interpretation lends itself to hiring individual professionals to a much greater degree than translation because events that require a large group of interpreters in several different languages are much less frequent than technical or business negotiations that employ two or more professionals in a single language combination. And if you can find a single interpreter, you can find many because language professionals always operate in little circles. Therefore, opportunities for savings abound. There is a lot of overlap between the criteria used to select an interpreter and those for selecting a translator: Once your choice is made, offer the selected professional the assignment and take good note of any interpreters that turn the assignment down for various reasons. Keep their information on file and ask them to recommend other interpreters of their acquaintance for the job. These will, likely, be true professionals since "Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are".