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Analytic Interviewing

Different types of interviews, including prospective employees, prospective licensees, background investigations, covert intelligence probes, undercover inquiries, fraud, etc. all have one thing in common. The purpose of the interview is to obtain information -- specific and accurate information.

The Analytic Interviewing course which has been taught to organizations worldwide focuses on detecting hidden emotions, recognizing signs of deception, establishing rapport and control, and communication techniques. This is achieved by observing both verbal and physical behavioral traits. The mastering of these skills provides each interviewer with the expertise to confidently evaluation truthfulness.

Objectives include but are not limited to:

  • Establish and maintain rapport with others.
  • Understand and read another person's nonverbal communication and identify masked signs of emotions.
  • Recognize signs of deception.
  • Maximize the completeness and accuracy of memory recall for events from witnesses and victims.
  • Learn how to formulate questions and when to ask them. Prepare, plan and conduct an effective, structured interview, without contaminating the subject.
  • Above all, lean to conduct a richer and more insightful interview that will promote truthful information elicitation


  • "Your analytical interview techniques and instruction are an important part of our training and truly demonstrate the value of your curriculum. Some of the students remarked that it was the best interview training they have attended." - A.J. Carrol, Asst. Chief Golden Gate Division, California Highway Patrol
  • "Enhanced the field agent's ability to recognize areas we should pursue when assessing the validity of individuals and information." - NCIX
  • "I want to take opportunity to thank you and your staff for the training you recently provided to this Agency's Security Protective Officers and the attendees from law enforcement agencies in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The Institute's interview/ interrogation methodologies, combines with academic research presented by Dr. Mark Frank, and incorporated practical exercises were universally well received by the class participants."- James Kirkman, Chief Protective Programs Group, CIA

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Courses Available

  • Analytic Interviewing
  • Rapport & Control
  • The Cognitive Interview
  • Forensic Questioning
  • PEACE Model
  • Language and Listening
  • Personality Disorders & Interviewing

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