A request made to a freelance conference interpreter by a potential employer (a direct client or an agency.) Employer contacts an interpreter and gives him or her an “option” for a particular conference and particular dates. Options can be “unconfirmed” and “confirmed” (“firm”). An unconfirmed option is when  first initial contact is made with the interpreter to inquire about his or her availability and the job is not yet guaranteed. If the interpreter is available for particular dates, the interpreter will pencil the dates in as an unconfirmed option. The option becomes confirmed when the employer confirms the conference is happening and signs a contract with the interpreter that guarantees payment of a cancellation fee. The interpreter is free to accept several unconfirmed options for the same date and accepts the first confirmed assignment (firm option.)   

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