What are the characteristics of a good interview in the context of an internal investigation? Is there one technique you can use which will provide you the results you want to achieve? How should you think through your questions and document review prior to the investigation? At this point in time, how do such issues play out in the time of Coronavirus?
There is no one right way to prepare for and conduct an interview. What is important is that you have a plan and execute on that plan. Begin by obtaining an understanding of what the various stakeholders want answers to. This could include the Board of Directors, C-Suite executives, the GC and legal department, the CCO and compliance function or up to government regulators such as the SEC or DOJ.
Three key takeaways:
- There is no one right way to prepare and do an interview.
- The interview should not be confrontational.
- The interview, like the entire investigation process, is a chess match.