Tips for concluding essays

  • Restate periodically what the witness has said
  • Determine if you have heard the witness correctly
  • Assure the witness that you have been listening
  • Close a topic and keep discussion on track
  • Ask follow-up questions (., “If ABC occurred, how would you explain XYZ?”)
  • If a witness avoids a question, ask it again later and possibly rephrase
  • Ask witness for new evidence, new leads, or relevant situations
  • You need not investigate remote leads or those not likely to have results
  • Give the witness an opportunity to disclose anything he/she wants you to know prior to concluding the interview
  • Allow a witness time to think before responding
  • Don’t be afraid to use silence (it may prompt a reaction)
NOTE-TAKING DURING THE INTERVIEW
  • Take detailed notes during interview
  • Review and finalize notes immediately upon completion of interview
  • Legible, accurate
  • Free from bias and subjectivity
  • Names, dates, time and place of interview
  • Sign and date the notes

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