I think I know few wish list that Interpreters would *LOVE* to have, something that they will *NEVER* get. Transparency to the hearing people providing voice, perfect and illustrative visual aid without any mistake, custom made for that specific deaf client and show differently to each deaf client according to their reception levels. And become a "visual aid tool only" to deaf client(s) in a way that they can't ask questions to visual aid tools without talking to the targeted audience.
Now with these "impossible" wishlist abeforementioned, is there a way that we can "optimize" as close as possible to these "impossibles"?
Preparation (repeat if you have to, I know it's pain in the butt, but to save your time in later time):
1.) Coach to the hearing person before interview, classes and so on that *YOU* are transparent and that *YOU* are NOT responsible for deaf client actions. ALL communications *WILL* be directed to that deaf client and NOT to expect any answer from an interpreter by themselves. Give them an example "Do you expect an answer from air?" If deaf client happen to meet different hearing person and that hearing person talks to you concerning deaf client, just don't tell him "You have to talk to that person" just immediately interpret to that deaf client. I LOVE it when an interpreter do that, makes me show my true color. "Tell him who? *looks around* who are you talking about?" (If first timer I would go as this) "heh, sorry, I was kidding. Just talk to ME directly as if I'm hearing." If that person presist few times, then I would say "Him who?"
2.) "It is wise to study one's adversary" I'm sure you all already had this experience, analyze one's level(s) and to adapt. If more than one deaf client is in present and their levels are incompatible to each other (i.e. English buff and ASL only without grammar knowledge) then what is the soluiton to this scenario?
3.) Becoming visual aid to deaf client(s), instruct them the same way you did to hearing person. "Do you ask air to review what went on for you?" or something like that.