Interview and Interrogation Training: Suspect Strategies

This week’s International Association of Interviewers interview and interrogation training tip provided by Wicklander-Zulawski, has Wayne Hoover, CFI looking at strategies that dishonest associates employ during an interview.

Research shows that when an individual realizes that they’re being interrogated they will employ one of three plans:

  • They will deny quickly and often; staking themselves to a position and defending that position no matter what.
  • They will want you to show them the evidence to learn what you have so that they can defend against it and make excuses for their actions.
  • They have no plan.

Know what these different plan options are so that when you are preparing for an interview you can create interview strategies to handle whatever approach the subject might choose.

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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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