After reading some facebook posts of students coming out of court reporting school, many of them have questions about what firms look for in perspective contractors. At Ruffin Consulting, we pride ourselves in providing great court reporters to our clients, and as such here are a few things we look at when interviewing new team members.
What Makes a Great Court Reporter?
1. Attention to Detail
This may seem like a no-brainer but we are in the business of making verbatim transcripts. Great transcripts aren’t the goal of Ruffin Consulting, they are a requirement. To be competitive, we demand excellence from all of our reporters. We treat each job as if it were the best money-maker we’ve ever had. That being said, attention to detail doesn’t stop at great transcripts.
Attention to detail means reviewing all of your paperwork ahead of time to prevent mistakes such as location or time issues before they become a problem. An example of high attention to detail would be noticing a discrepancy between the deposition notice and your Ruffin Consulting paperwork and checking with the office to make sure everyone is on the same page.
Being a great court reporter is an awesome first step, but being able to replicate your abilities on a consistent basis without any “bad days” is a must in our industry. Court reporters are expected to be at the top of their game 100% of the time. You might have the ability to put out a great transcript, but if you don’t exercise that ability at every job, it puts more pressure on the Ruffin Consulting support staff to catch mistakes.
3. Team Player
We know that every job can’t be the best. Believe us, we want every one of our reporters to be healthy, wealthy, and happy. Unfortunately, all of our jobs don’t come with multiple copy sales. We know that you’ve worked hard to get to this point in your career whether you’re a seasoned veteran or whether you’re fresh out of reporting school. The fact of the matter is that there just aren’t enough reporters out in the world for everyone to cherry pick the jobs they want (us included). The moral of this story is if we know we can count on you, we’ll do our best to even things out in the long run.