Interview and Interrogation Training: The Fear of Detection

This week’s International Association of Interviewers interview and interrogation training tip provided by Wicklander-Zulawski, has Wayne Hoover, CFI discussing the fear of detection.

The reason that so many people can get away with telling little white lies is because there are no consequences to the lies that they tell. If there are no consequences, then there is no fear of being caught, and then the chance that they will display behavioral symptoms decreases.

So someone being questioned about something they’ve done wrong usually has fears. They fear losing their job. They can fear losing future employment. They could fear losing their income. The greater their fear of detection, the greater the likelihood that they’ll display behavioral symptoms that you’ll notice.

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So remember—no fear of consequences equals no fear of detection; and in turn the likelihood of behavioral symptoms and your likelihood of reading those behavioral symptoms decreases.

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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