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Market demand for conference interpreting: Key factors affecting recruiting decisions in South Korea

Title
Market demand for conference interpreting: Key factors affecting recruiting decisions in South Korea
Authors
Huh J.
Ewha Authors
허지운
SCOPUS Author ID
허지운scopus
Issue Date
2021
Journal Title
Forum (Germany)
ISSN
1540-8884JCR Link
Citation
Forum (Germany) vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 24 - 48
Keywords
conference interpretingmarket demandqualificationrecruitment criteriasignal
Publisher
De Gruyter Open Ltd
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS scopus
Document Type
Review
Abstract
This study explored market demand for conference interpreting in South Korea, focusing on clients' views on the key factors that affect their recruiting decisions. The study conducted a semi-structured interview using fictitious resumes with 14 participants who are clients of conference interpreting services. The study's results indicate that: (1) participants place high importance on interpreting quality, particularly emphasizing quality items such as content accuracy and terminology awareness; (2) domain-specific interpreting experience, academic background, and price serve as important quality signals in their recruiting decision-making; and (3) price-quality association is present. Furthermore, the interview results suggest that a collaborative approach from clients is necessary to create an enabling environment for quality interpreting services. Ultimately, this study presents noteworthy information regarding clients' rationales for their recruitment criteria. This information is expected to widen our understanding of the interpreting market in South Korea. © 2021 John Benjamins Publishing Company.
DOI
10.1075/forum.20010.huh
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