The Art of Investigative Interviewing

The Art of Investigative Interviewing

3rd Edition - December 27, 2013

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  • Author: Inge Sebyan Black
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124115835
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124115774

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The Art of Investigative Interviewing, Third Edition can be used by anyone who is involved in investigative interviewing. It is a perfect combination of real, practical, and effective techniques, procedures, and actual cases. Learn key elements of investigative interviewing, such as human psychology, proper interview preparation, tactical concepts, controlling the interview environment, and evaluating the evidence obtained from the interview. Inge Sebyan Black updated the well-respected work of Charles L. Yeschke to provide everything an interviewer needs to know in order to conduct successful interviews professionally, with integrity, and within the law. This book covers the myriad factors of an interview — including issues of evidence, rapport, deception, authority, and setting — clearly and effectively. It also includes a chapter on personnel issues and internal theft controls.

Key Features

  • Provides guidance on conducting investigative interviews professionally and ethically
  • Includes instructions for obtaining voluntary confessions from suspects, victims, and witnesses
  • Builds a foundation of effective interviewing skills with guidance on every step of the process, from preparation to evaluating evidence obtained in an interview


Investigators and security professionals; law enforcement officers, private investigators, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and students in criminal justice.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication

    Mission Statement


    About the Author




    Chapter 1: So You Want to Be an Investigative Interviewer?


    Interviewing, interrogations, and investigations

    Benefits of being a notary public

    Research tools


    Qualifications preferred

    Chapter 2: Ethical Standards and Professionalism


    Ethical standards

    Ethics from the top down

    The code of ethics

    Ethical and unethical interviewing

    Conflicts of interest

    Review questions

    Chapter 3: Preparation and So Much More











    Review questions

    Chapter 4: Deception and the Interview


    The interviewer’s goal


    Review questions

    Chapter 5: Evidence


    Real, documentary, and testimonial evidence

    Voluntary confessions

    Legal tactics used in seeking a confession

    Evidence collection and preservation

    Report writing

    Testimony in a court of law

    Review questions

    Chapter 6: Public and Private Interviewing


    Reporting and classifying crime

    Violent crime

    Property crime

    Investigations in the public and private spheres

    The collection of evidence

    Testimonial evidence

    Review questions

    Chapter 7: Rapport, Active Listening, and Other Techniques


    Building rapport

    Active listening

    Signaling active listening

    Review questions

    Chapter 8: Authority


    Security’s place in the organization

    Authority and power


    Review Questions

    Chapter 9: Overview of the Interview Process


    The historical phase

    The personal preparation phase

    The initial phase

    Uncovering the truth

    The primary phase

    The terminal phase

    The follow-up phase

    Review questions

    Chapter 10: Setting, Location, Intensity, and Approach in the Interview


    Environmental setting

    Location of participants

    Review and encouragement intensities


    Putting it all together

    Review questions

    Chapter 11: Questioning Techniques


    Question formulation

    Question presentation

    Types of questions

    Techniques for effective questioning


    Review questions

    Chapter 12: Internal Investigations and Controls



    What is honesty?

    The dishonest employee

    Review questions

    Chapter 13: Investigative Interviewing: One Hundred Things You Should Know





Product details

  • No. of pages: 196
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2014
  • Published: December 27, 2013
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124115835
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124115774

About the Author

Inge Sebyan Black

Inge Sebyan Black
Inge Sebyan Black, CPP, CFE, CEM is the CEO of Security Risk, LLC. She has spent over 42 years in corporate security management, specializing in workplace violence, risk assessments, investigations and emergency management. Certified by FEMA and the State of MN as a Certified Emergency Manager she also attended DOJ training in WMD/COBRA from an appointment by President Clinton. She has held her private investigator license in both the United States and Canada since 1997. Inge authored the book, “The Art of Investigative Interviewing, 3rd ed.” as well as chapters in over 10 books on Security Management, Hiring the Right Fit, Officer Safety, Domestic Abuse, Rape on College Campuses, Workplace Violence as well as others. Inge was presented with the Karen Marquez award in 2014 for her achievements in Physical Security. She was appointed Council Vice President for ASIS International Councils, overseeing ASIS Councils in 2018 and continues to serve. In 2019, Inge entered the IT side of security and is currently working in Information Security/Cyber for a Fortune 100 Company.

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Security Investigations Consulting

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  • RadekWegrzyn Fri Feb 14 2020

    The Art of Investigative Interviewing

    Good book on the subject, featuring key components of effective investigative interviewing, interview preparation and effective techniques. Suited for subject beginners.