Elements of Internal Investigations: Interviewing and Reporting (Online Self-Study)


Elements of Internal Investigations

CPE Credit: 4
Course Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Understanding of basic fraud examination techniques


Interviewing and report writing are both critical skills necessary when conducting an internal investigation. This online CPE course explores the strategies necessary to conduct a successful interview, from the initial planning stages to obtaining signed statement, and discusses how to successfully report the results for your investigation.

You Will Learn How To:

Determine the appropriate timing and setting for interviews

Assess the legal considerations involved in conducting interviews

Identify the elements of conversation that inhibit and facilitate effective communication

Determine the most effective approach for dealing with common problems that arise
during interviews

Recognize best practices in taking notes during interviews

Differentiate the purpose and structure of the different types of interview questions

Distinguish the goal and strategy for admission-seeking interviews from those of information-seeking interviews

Identify common signs of deception and the techniques used to assess them

Analyze the factors involved in obtaining a legally admissible written confession

Determine the appropriate audience and approach for writing investigation reports

Recognize the essential elements of an effective investigation report


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Field of study: Communications

Last updated: APRIL 2014


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Please note: To be eligible for CPE credit, you must complete the final exam within one year of purchase date. You may only claim CPE credit for a course once. 

Table of Contents: 


Lesson 1: Introduction to Interviewing Witnesses

Lesson 2: Planning the Interview

Lesson 3: The Interview Setting

Lesson 4: The Interview Strategy

Lesson 5: Legal Considerations in Interviews

Lesson 6: Basic Rules of Interviewing

Lesson 7: Fundamentals of Eliciting Information

Lesson 8: Inhibitors of Communication

Lesson 9: Facilitators of Communication

Lesson 10: Characteristics of a Good Interview and Interviewer

Lesson 11: Common Problems Arising During the Interview

Lesson 12: Dealing with Volatile Interviews

Lesson 13: Documenting Interviews of Witnesses

Lesson 14: Types of Interview Questions

Lesson 15: Introductory Questions

Lesson 16: Informational Questions

Lesson 17: Closing Questions

Lesson 18: Assessment Questions

Lesson 19: Admission-Seeking Questions

Lesson 20: Conducting an Admission-Seeking Interview

Lesson 21: Steps in the Admission-Seeking Interview

Lesson 22: Obtaining a Signed Statement of Confession

Lesson 23: Investigation Reports

Lesson 24: Legal Considerations for Written Reports

Lesson 25: Written Investigation Reports

Lesson 26: Writing the Report

Lesson 27: The Report Format

Lesson 28: Tips for Writing Fraud Examination Reports


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System requirements:


Internet access: High-speed connection recommended

Free Adobe Flash Player 

Speakers required for video sound

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