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NCJ Number: 119199 Find in a Library
Title: Myths of Interviewing
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:58  Issue:7  Dated:(July 1989)  Pages:14-16
Author(s): J Hess
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 3
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Language: English
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Annotation: The myth that interviewing cannot be taught is wrong; an interviewer must master the fundamentals which can be taught.
Abstract: An interview is not merely a list of questions, but an attempt to win another's confidence, develop rapport, or discover "what makes someone tick" by establishing a two-way communication process. Interviewers are not born interviewers; they must prepare for an interview by gathering all available information about the case. Interviewers must not stick to the facts but must deal with a source of information that has feelings and emotions. Listening is a skill, not a natural process. The inability to recognize listening as an active process that requires considerable effort causes many interviewers to fail. Note-taking is not as important as the nonverbal behavior that may be missed during the flow of conversation. Interviewers must not dominate the situation but exhibit an air of serene confidence. Cross-examination is not the same as interrogation, and the failure to distinguish between the two will not produce results.
Main Term(s): Interview and interrogation
Index Term(s): Federal law enforcement training
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