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Why Investigative Interviewing Skills Are Essential for Professionals

Investigations May 9, 2024

Reliable information is the cornerstone of successful investigations, whether in the public or private sector. Often, the key to unlocking this information lies in conducting effective interviews. By mastering investigative interviewing techniques, you will gain the ability to gather accurate and complete details, build trust with interviewees, and ultimately, achieve better outcomes. 

The Irish Landscape 

Ireland’s commitment to ethical and evidence-based investigations necessitates well-trained interviewers across a wide range of professions. An Garda Síochána, for instance, has adopted a new Investigative Interview Model, emphasizing the importance of standardised, best-practice approaches. Similarly, internal investigations within private companies are becoming increasingly commonplace, requiring employees to conduct interviews with sensitivity and professionalism. 

Beyond Law Enforcement 

While investigative interviewing is often associated with law enforcement, its applications extend far beyond the criminal justice system. Here are some key areas where strong interviewing skills are crucial: 

  • Human Resources: HR professionals regularly conduct interviews for disciplinary procedures, grievance investigations, and internal complaints. The ability to gather factual information and navigate sensitive situations is vital. 
  • Loss Prevention: Security personnel and loss prevention officers often interview individuals suspected of theft or fraud. Strong interviewing skills ensure thorough investigations and the gathering of admissible evidence. 
  • Social Work: Social workers may need to interview children, vulnerable adults, or family members in sensitive situations. Building rapport and utilising effective questioning techniques are essential for obtaining accurate accounts. 
  • Insurance: Insurance investigators interview policyholders, witnesses, and adjusters to determine the validity of claims. Meticulous questioning and the ability to identify inconsistencies can save companies significant resources. 

The Benefits of Effective Interviewing 

Investing in investigative interviewing training offers a range of benefits for both organisations and professionals: 

  • Improved Information Gathering: Structured interviewing techniques ensure all relevant details are obtained, leading to more comprehensive investigations and better decision-making. 
  • Building Trust and Rapport: Skilled interviewers can create a comfortable environment, encouraging interviewees to be open and forthcoming. 
  • Identifying Deception: Understanding how people behave when lying allows interviewers to recognise inconsistencies and uncover potential falsehoods. 
  • Meeting Legal Requirements: Understanding best practices and legal frameworks ensures interviews are conducted ethically and that evidence is admissible in court. 
  • Enhanced Professional Credibility: Strong interview skills demonstrate professionalism and competence, fostering trust with colleagues and stakeholders. 

 Investing in Your Future 

La Touche Training’s Investigative Interviewing course provides a comprehensive and practical program suitable for professionals at all levels. Through a blend of theory, interactive exercises, and role-playing scenarios, participants gain the skills and confidence to conduct effective interviews in any setting. 

We live in a data-driven world, and the ability to gather accurate and reliable information is key. By developing strong investigative interviewing skills, professionals across the public and private sector can ensure effective investigations, protect their organisations, and ultimately, achieve better outcomes. Investing in this crucial skill set really is an investment in your professional development and the success of your organisation. 

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