Interviewing Witnesses and Suspects

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An interview is a well-structured question-and-answer session designed to elicit information. It differs from an ordinary conversation in that the interview is structured, not free-form, and is designed for a purpose. 

Interviewing Witnesses and Suspects offers an introduction to interviewing by examining the entire interview process. From choosing an interview strategy to obtaining a signed statement of confession, this course provides helpful tips to make your next interview successful.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Types of interview questions
  • Legal considerations regarding the interview process
  • Common interviewing obstacles
  • Mechanics of an interview
  • Behaviors that either facilitate or inhibit communication
  • Techniques to obtain cooperation from interview subjects
  • Strategies for admission-seeking interviews and obtaining signed statements



You Will Learn How To:

Compare the different types of interview questions

Ascertain legal considerations regarding the interview process

Identify common interviewing obstacles

Recognize the mechanics of an interview

Discern behaviors that either facilitate or inhibit communication

Identify techniques for obtaining cooperation from interview subjects

Recognize strategies for admission-seeking interviews and obtaining signed statements

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 Introduction
Lesson 2 Obstacles in Interviewing
Lesson 3 Interviewing Strategies
Lesson 4 Inhibitors of Communication
Lesson 5 Facilitators of Communication
Lesson 6 Legal Considerations
Lesson 7 Communication Skills
Lesson 8 Developing Effective Questions
Lesson 9 Form
Lesson 10 Content
Lesson 11 Timing
Lesson 12 The Mechanics of the Interview
Lesson 13 The Subject Matter and Purpose of the Interview
Lesson 14 The Setting of the Interview
Lesson 15 Establishing Rapport and Calibrating the Subject
Lesson 16 Questioning the Subject
Lesson 17 Admission-Seeking Interviews
Lesson 18 Making a Direct Accusation
Lesson 19 Establish Rationalization and Diffuse Alibis
Lesson 20 Alternative Questions and Benchmark Admissions
Lesson 21 Verbal Confession
Lesson 22 Obtaining a Signed Statement of Confession
Lesson 23 Wrapping Up the Interview Process
Lesson 24 Conclusion

CPE Information

CPE Credit: 4
NASBA Information: Communications and Marketing
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: June 2019
Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study


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