Interview and Interrogation Training: Attitudes and Biases

In this week’s WZ / IAI interview and interrogation training tip, Dave Thompson, CFI discusses the potential issue that interviewers can possess regarding an attitude or bias towards the subject. These biases can sometimes be in favor of the subject, such as a person whom the interviewer has had a prior relationship or contact with. In other circumstances, a bias could be against the subject as the result of past experiences or other irrelevant issues the interviewer is aware of.

An interviewer is held to a high standard in regards to ethics and their ability to give an unbiased perspective on the investigation. Remember, as an interviewer you are a mediator and a fact-finder. It’s always important to maintain an ethical and impartial approach to every interview.

Attitudes and Biases Template

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Every loss prevention investigator should continuously strive to enhance their investigative interviewing skills as part of an ongoing commitment to best-in-class interviewing performance. This includes holding ourselves to an elite standard of interview and interrogation training that is ethical, moral and legal while demanding excellence in the pursuit of the truth. The International Association of Interviewers (IAI) and Wicklander-Zulawski (WZ) provide interview and interrogation training programs and additional guidance to investigators when dealing with dishonest employees, employee theft, sexual harassment, policy violations, building rapport, pre-employment interviewing, lying, denials and obtaining a statement.

By focusing on the latest information and research from experts in the field as well as academia, legal and psychological resources, these video tips provide interview and interrogation training techniques that can enhance the skill sets of professionals with backgrounds in Law Enforcement, Loss Prevention, Security, Asset Protection, Human Resources, Auditors or anyone looking to obtain the truth.

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