One of the biggest changes in the anti-corruption space caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is the temporary halt of almost all in-person internal investigation interviews. As travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders begin to ease, it is a good time to take a close look at how to get the most out of internal investigation interviews – whether they are in person or via video. In the first part
of this three-part series, we discussed the logistics of preparing for an internal investigation interview. In this second part, we discuss the beginning of the interview – the initial cautions and explanations to give an interview subject, as well as the critical decisions about how to approach the witness that must be made in the initial few moments. The third
and final article will discuss how to obtain complete and truthful information and what kinds of records to keep of the interview. See “Investigation Strategies During Social Distancing
" (Apr. 1, 2020).