Interviewing Skills for Financial Investigators

A critical component of any investigation is the ability to obtain credible and accurate information, regardless whether the interview involves potential suspects, a victim, or peripheral witness. This ICAR training programme focuses on interviewing techniques that relate to the questioning of a selection of such individuals. The emphasis is on developing interviewing skills, targeting financial information in particular. It draws upon concepts included in various recognised methodologies such as Cognitive Interview Method and the PEACE (Preparation and Planning; Engage and Explain; Account; Closure; and Evaluate) system as well as the personal experiences of the instructors.

The PEACE (Preparation and Planning; Engage and Explain; Account; Closure; and Evaluate) interviewing technique was developed in the United Kingdom and is now widely used by law enforcement personnel around the world. The Cognitive Interview Method is designed to help the witness recollect as much detail as possible, and to recreate the context of an event to stimulate the person’s memory.

The training programme draws upon both these techniques, combining lecture modules, examples and extensive practical interviewing exercises. The participants learn to apply various principles through a hypothetical case involving a whistle blower, losing bidder, bribe payer, other associates and the bribe recipient. Based on documents relating to the case such as diary entries, cell phone records, handwritten notes and financial records, they learn to develop an interview outline and conduct interviews. The training emphasises the importance of creating event timelines, establishing the sources and authenticity of documents, the exploitation of document information and tracing financial details.

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We recommend that the Financial Investigations and Asset Recovery programme be taken first as it lays the basis for the other programmes. In order to receive a Certificate of Completion and benefit from the interactive group work, participants are required to attend for the full duration of the workshop.

The costs of our training programmes include fees and trainer expenses, and are negotiated on a case-by-case basis in close cooperation with the partner country or funding institution, which has requested our training services. For more information, please contact us at: + 41 61 205 55 11 or

Target audience: Investigators

Number of participants: Up to 12

Duration: 5 days

Location: On-site only

Programme language: English; other languages possible with interpreters