Hamlet's Mind - An Interviewing Newsletter

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In the second edition of Investigative Discourse Analysis, Rabon and Chapman demonstrate that these verbatim sources of information can be applied to the process of inquiry on much deeper and effective levels. Through systematic analysis these reservoirs of information can enhance an understanding of precisely what has been communicated. From structuring the flow of the inquiry to planning the subsequent interviews, the ability to analyze discourse is a skill that has proven time and again to enhance the opportunity for a positive examination outcome. Click Here or on the picture for more information.




Fraud-Related Interviewing concerns itself with the interview process as it relates to the fraud investigation, a fraud-related audit, or inquiry into a reported fraud. The authors’ position is that the dynamics of fraud itself are inexorably connected to the subsequent fraud interview and ultimately the outcome of the investigation. The interview is not an isolated event but rather a part of the nagare, (a Japanese word meaning “flow”) of the entire (in this case) fraud dynamic from precursors, to the commission of the crime, to closure. In the fraud-related interview, the interviewer connects three different time periods—the past, the present, and the future. The past addresses the dynamics of the individual and his or her subsequent behavior resulting in the commission of the fraud. The forecasting of future events is sought after successful outcome of the fraud investigation. In the present, the interviewer seeks to connect the past and the future—the flow, if you will, of all three. Click Here or on the picture for more information.





Of the three elements in the interview process — questioning, detecting deception and persuasion — the last proves to be the most challenging and problematic. Utilizing a transcript of a successful persuasive interview, the text examines which communication dynamics must occur to influence the behavior of another person; and how those dynamics are incorporated into the interview process. The text is accompanied by a student workbook and instructor guide.  These provide a chapter by chapter break down of the analysis, a lecture guide, related knowledge assessments, various correlated practical exercises and application questions.  Included within the application exercises are contributions from the works of Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, Charles Dickens, Machiavelli, Moses and Aristotle.  The text is designed and targeted for use in academic and educational environments, as well as training settings. Click Here or on the picture for more information.




Interviewing and Interrogation: The goal in an interrogation, or in any situation where a person with information might be uncooperative, is to effect a transition in willingness ethically and legally. A successful interrogation becomes, in fact, an interview when the subject grows willing to yield details freely and honestly. Click Here or on the picture for more information.