Hotel Security: Helpful Interviewing and Information Gathering Techniques

By Marc Glasser Managing Director, RM LLC | May 27, 2012

Helpful interviewing and information gathering techniques can be vital to inquiries of significance to organizational, individual or other concerns. This article discusses information relating to successful interviewing and information gathering as well as challenges that could detract from attaining important information. Article information can be helpful, encompassing the spectrum of casual conversations to formal investigations; however, before conducting workplace interviews consult appropriate organizational representatives. Further, after reading this article, even if one is uncomfortable conducting interviews, the information provided will help in assessing the qualifications and techniques of those being considered to conduct interviews and gather information.

Interview Definition

An interview is the questioning of a person who is believed to possess knowledge that is of interest to the interviewer and inquiry and/or affiliated entity. In an interview the person questioned usually presents his/her account of an incident or circumstances and/or offers information relating to the inquiry.

Importance and Scope

In many inquiries interviews constitute the major source of information. The interviewer may have to demonstrate the qualities of a salesperson, actor and psychologist. He/she may be called upon to subject coworkers, strangers, or anyone in between, to extensive questioning on a variety of subjects with different levels of sensitivity. They must possess insight, intelligence and persuasiveness. And interviewer's speech should be suited to the situation, compelling and calculated to garner an appropriate and accurate response.

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