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Interviewing and Interrogation: Do You “Google” Your Subject? | Tip # 18 of 101 Tips

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Interviewing and Interrogation:

Have you ever thought about “Googling” your subject?

Extensive research has shown that lie signs are in fact quite rare during interviewing and interrogation.  The signs a subject may possibly generate are very faint “signals” and are very brief which makes them hard to spot.  We know that during the interviewing and interrogation of subjects, that even though the subject may be experiencing a high level of “detection anxiety”, they don’t exhibit a large volume of deception signals. 

This is especially true for the stereotypical body language cues that investigators have been taught to look for for decades. In fact, by focusing the majority of their attention on body language lie signs, observers fall victim to “confirmation bias” and can make very egregious errors in spotting deception.  I call it “The Big Foot Syndrome.”  If you “think” you’re going to see signs of Big Foot while you’re out in the woods, then EVERYTHING looks like a sign made by Big Foot! The best and most reliable cues come from verbal content.

Although verbal content is comparatively more reliable than body language cues, detection still requires more effort on the part of the observer / interviewer.

Two things can change the investigator’s success at spotting deception and getting more information during interviewing and interrogation.

  • Don’t focus so much on spotting where the subject is possibly being deceptive.  If you only focus on winning the “you’re lying” battle, the odds are stacked unfavorably against you.  Identify which “topics” seem to give the subject the greatest problems and focus your questions around those issues.
  • As you’re interviewing and interrogation efforts progress, focus your questions around the “topic” areas.  Your goal is to energize any lie symptoms that “may” be present. At the same time, your questions will generate larger amounts of information.

Watch video Tip # 18 “Interviewing and Interrogation | Do You “Google” Your Subject?” and see how you can identify and energize your subject’s hot spots.

 

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Interviewing and Interrogation: Do You Employ S.U.E.?

Interviewing and Interrogation –

Do You Employ “S.U.E.”?

It is a proven fact! 

  • Investigators that employ S.U.E. during interviewing and interrogation get MORE information.
  • Investigators who use S.U.E. during interviewing and interrogation spot deception an amazing 68% of the time.
  • Investigators that work with S.U.E. are least likely to contaminate the subject they are interviewing.
  • Investigators that use S.U.E. during interviewing and interrogation are least likely to get a false or coerced confession.

It’s about time you learned about S.U.E.!

Watch Tip # 17 of 101 Tips for Interviewers and Interrogators and learn about S.U.E.

Interviewing and Interrogation: Want More Information? Use Narrative-Based Interviewing

Interviewing and Interrogation:

If you want MORE information then “Narrative-Based Interviewing” is your answer!

Information is ALWAYS the end goal during interviewing and interrogation.  If you are not getting the exact information you want or think your missing information, then it’s time to change your techniques.  Narrative-Based style interviewing and interrogation has proven to recover a minimum of 60% more information that any other method.

Watch Tip # 16 of 101 Tips for Interviewers and Interrogators and learn more about Narrative-Based Interviews.

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Interviewing and Interrogation: For the best results, interview face-to-face.

Interviewing and Interrogation :

For The Best Results, Go Face-to-Face

If you want the best possible results from your interviewing and interrogation, conduct those session face-to-face.  Obviously there are times when this may not be possible, but you are going to get the best behavior readings AND do a better job recognizing and adjusting to your subject’s reaction and response behaviors.

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Interviewing and Interrogation 101 Tips | Tip # 14 | Too Many Details…?

Interviewing and Interrogation:
Too Many Details…?

Is giving too many details really a sign of deception?  How many details would be one detail too many?  One detail less than what number would be a sign of a truthful person during interviewing and interrogation?

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