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Advanced Interviewing Techniques: Proven Strategies for Law Enforcement, Military, and Security Personnel, Second Edition

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John R. Schaffer, Ph.D.; Joe Navarro, M.A.
Date Published
192 pages
This book identifies and explains interviewing techniques for investigators.
This book updates the previous edition with the latest interviewing techniques and discoveries in psychology and related fields which enable interviewers to keep current with the latest interview and interrogation techniques. The first three chapters examine interview planning, the interview setting, and the use of interview props, the foundation for effective inquiry. The next four chapters on assessing the interviewee, establishing dominance, building rapport, and Miranda warnings focus on establishing effective communications under legal constraints. Chapters 8, 9, and 10 discuss deception and the verbal and nonverbal cues to detecting deception. Chapter 11 provides investigators with a variety of interviewing tools to overcome interviewee resistance. Chapter 12 demonstrates techniques to deal with angry people. Chapter 13 reviews techniques to break the interview impasse, a critical point in the inquiry. The final chapter focuses on the interview end game, an often overlooked component of the interview process. References and index