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Interviewing and Interrogation: Will Crushing Analysis Paralysis Ruin Your Interviews? | Tip # 23 of 101 Tips

Interviewing and Interrogation
Don’t Let Crushing Analysis Paralysis
Ruin Your Interviews and Interrogations

All too frequently, investigators become trapped during interviewing and interrogation focusing predominantly on finding where their subjects may in fact be deceptive.  Certainly that is important to know as their case progresses. The problem however is that with such a narrow focus, the interviewer can miss all the other valuable information the subject may generate during interviewing and interrogation and the interviewer may in fact be sacrificing another important element.  The being creating some degree of compliance and cooperation with their subject along with lasting and meaningful rapport.

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In order to advance any interviewing and interrogation event, the interviewer must look beyond just the analysis of their subject’s behavior.  They must look for topics or issues that generate significant reactions from their subject.  These “topics” will then become the focus of conversation later as the interviewer moves toward the cross-examination phase of interview.

Watch Tip # 23 and learn more about “Analysis Paralysis” and the detrimental effect it can have on your interviewing and interrogation.

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Interviewing and Interrogation: Should You “Stage” Your Interview Room? | Tip # 22 of 101 Tips

Interviewing and Interrogation

Is “Staging” Your Interview or Interrogation Room an Effective Tactic?

Great interviewers should not have to manipulate their subjects during interviewing and interrogation to get cooperation or information. They use effective and ethical persuasion tactics. So what role or value if any does “staging” evidence in the interview room have during professional interviewing and interrogation.

Maps, charts, sketches, DVDs or CDs with the subject’s name written on the label, file folders full of papers, crime scene photos and more. I’ve heard many of these ideas as being great tactics to convince your subject that the evidence is overwhelming and that it is in their best interest to confess. It’s as if the interviewer should even not to conduct any interviewing or interrogation of the subject?

I’ve got three problems with this tactic –

  1. If you ARE displaying this type evidence in front of your subject during interviewing and interrogation sessions, then you are contaminating your subject’s knowledge base. What you will wind up getting from them is nothing more than an “echo effect” and first hand knowledge. One of the three reasons interviewing and interrogation sessions fail is the contamination of your subject. To review, watch video Interviewing and Interrogation Tip # 17 “Do You Employ S.U.E.?
  2. If you are using made up or “faked evidence” then you are lying to you subject. You are “manipulating” your subject and not persuading them. You also run the risk at getting caught at lying to your subject and thereby losing all credibility as the interviewer. Watch video Interviewing and Interrogation Tip # 39 Lying to Your Subject.
  3. Such attempts at manipulation of the subject or lying to them during interviewing and interrogation dramatically increases the risk of false and coerced confessions. Watch video Interviewing and Interrogation Tip # 36 5 Keys to False Confessions.

If you are doing your job as a professional interviewer and interrogator and are using ethical persuasion tactics, you don’t need to “stage” your interview room.

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