In previous articles in this series, we provided general advice on preparing an investigative plan
and discussed the value of triaging allegations
by performing some basic investigative steps to evaluate the credibility of the complaint as a first stage. In this article, we focus on the third and crucial stage of the investigation, confronting the subject in an investigative interview.
The interview is your game day. The interview tests your readiness for getting into the “end zone” and will result in as much success as you’ve prepared for. Choosing the right setting, establishing a rapport with your subject and making sure that you select your questions carefully and are in a position to counter any false exculpatory statements will sharply increase your chances of obtaining the valuable information you need for your investigation.