Asking Questions in an Investigation – Interactive

Asking Questions in an Investigation – Interactive

Seven Dimensions
Updated Jul 22, 2024
Course Description

This interactive course teaches skills for effective interviewing, especially in investigations. Former homicide task force leader and author Colin McLaren explains the art of asking investigative questions and getting to the truth.


A manager or workplace investigator trying to ascertain the truth and resolve a problem needs to visualize their interview goal, then chart a series of questions with a suspect or employee. Questions must be subtle, short, establish and confirm facts, open-ended to uncover details, methodical and numerous, monitoring the person’s responses and taking cues from what they say. Colin discusses the importance of building rapport and listening with an open mind. Above all, body language must be calm and professional.

Key Learning Points

  • Visualizing a problem
  • Subtle building questions to a goal
  • Research preparation
  • Establishing rapport to win trust
  • How to ask closed questions
  • Observing people’ answers
  • Being critical and objective


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, learners should be able to

  • Examine the skills for effective interviewing and questioning of witnesses and suspects
  • Visualize the problem and the Q&A path
  • Prepare questions and use them to build to a goal
  • Build rapport to win trust
  • Use closed questions to confirm facts and open questions for establishing details
  • Examine a person's answers and demeanor, and listen with an open mind
  • Show a calm and professional approach


This interactive course is one of the Insights and Strategies Series, featuring psychologist Eve Ash interviewing a range of experts and business leaders who share their experiences and practical strategies for achieving best practice.