Fraud Basics

Dealing with narcissistic interviewees

As fraud examiners, many of us are familiar with the cognitive interview technique, mainly developed by R. Edward Geiselman, Ph.D., as a core method to interview victims, witnesses or accused. (See the ACFE Fraud Examiners Manual, The Cognitive Interview Technique.)

However, during interviews we often focus on questions and methodological steps and less on interviewees’ characteristics. Awareness of interviewees’ psychological functioning can help us prevent conflicts and glean needed information. Here we focus on interviewees with narcissistic tendencies: how to spot them, how they think and how to best cooperate with them.

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