Skip to main content

Respect your clients!

One of my good clients sometimes asks me to hold interviews for their prospective employees to assess their language skills. That's only natural since my client wants to be sure they hire the right people who can work with English speakers. Today there was an interview with a person who applied for a position of a telephone interpreter. Another person from the client's company was present there to be sure both of us provide an objective report. Well, we were shocked. From the very beginning, this person behaved as if HE was hiring us. He even said once something like 'I decided to test my language skills, so I am holding this interview...' That's when I had to remind him that it was the company's owner who made the decision about the interview. Anyway, I learned some good lessons today about how NOT to behave with your clients or prospective employers. After all, they do have a lot in common since they both hire other people to do the work.

So, here are my tips:
1) DON'T try to show off. A job interview is not the right place for that. Show your skills and qualifications instead.
2) DON'T try to dominate the conversation since that won't help you get the job. Listen well to the questions and answer them as well as you can.
3) DON'T refuse to answer the questions you don't like (not talking about personal issues here, just normal questions asked at any interview). You may not like some of them because the answers to those questions may reveal some facts that don't go well with the position you are applying to. My advice would still be to answer those questions as honestly and openly as you can; but as soon as you're finished with the answer, point out your strengths that outweigh those negative 'elements' of your background!
4) The most important thing is that you should RESPECT your clients. They have chosen to spend their time on this interview, which means they respect you enough to listen to what you have to offer. Besides, they are willing to pay you money. So, please, show your respect to them.

Those are some of my lessons for today. Hope they are helpful to you, too!
Have a wonderful week!


  1. Must have been a weird experience! Some people just don't know what humbleness is. Thanks for sharing, it's a very interesting post!

  2. Thanks for your comment, Ewa! Yes, I'd say it was ... a super-extra weird-weird-weird-weird (one "weird" is clearly not enough) =( UPD: My client is still in doubts whether to hire that person or not. His language skills are excellent, but now they are not so sure they want him.

  3. oops, forgot the word "experience" after "weird" =)


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

10 interesting facts about the Russian language

In my previous post  I promised to follow with the  interesting info about some other languages. So here are 10 facts about the Russian language which might be of interest to those who are studying it. If you would like to have this list in Russian, please contact me and I will send it to you by email. So, what do I find interesting about my native language? 1. Russian has about 500,000 words, but only 2,000-2,500 of them are used frequently. 100 most frequently used words make 20% of all written and oral speech. A high school graduate's vocabulary usually has 1,500 to 4,000 words. Those who have graduated from a higher educational institution normally have a richer vocabulary consisting of approximately  8,000 words. 2. It's compulsory for all astronauts in the international space station to learn Russian, so we can call it an international language of space :)

15 interesting facts about the English language

I prepared this list for one of my English classes. And then it dawned on me that I can share it with you, too! So here are 15 facts about the English language that I find very interesting. Hope you do, too ;) Rudyard Kipling was fired as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. His dismissal letter said, "I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language. This isn't a kindergarten for amateur writers." No language has more synonyms than English.

Translation Forum Russia 2017: my report

A few days ago I came back from Translation Forum Russia which took place in Ufa, Bashkortostan . My daughter Delia went with me because she never visited Ufa before (neither have I) and because of the trip to the Southern Ural mountains we planned to take after the conference with a small group of colleagues. Ufa is not considered one of the primary tourist attractions of Russia, though I am convinced now that it definitely should be. Some pictures of the city (not all of the pictures are mine, some were made by the official photographer of the conference Elena Ekaterininskaya, our company CEO Fedor Kondratovich and some other colleagues): The bee is a symbol of the region as Bashkortostan produces the best honey in Russia. We saw installations shown below in different parts of the city. There were still covered because of the cold weather, but they will be full of blooming flowers as soon as the warm weather comes. The bee as we saw it That's what it