Chapter 3

Preparation and So Much More

Abstract

Investigative interviewing is about having a conversation that results in gathering new information. You might think that success comes only from obtaining a confession, but there is so much more you can glean from fruitful conversations. Having a conversation might sound easy, but as an investigator or interviewer, you must be prepared for each conversation. Preparation is the single most important aspect to a successful interview. Even if you have a natural ability to interview, you still have to prepare. Preparation involves attitude, psychology, intuition, flexibility, curiosity, imagination, and research. This chapter takes you through each of these, the role each plays in every interview, ...

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