High Strangeness: Interviewing Methods

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Interviewing Methods

I feel better and better about this Certified MUFON Field Investigator Exam every all the time. I've already tackled the most difficult of the five key content areas, so how hard could the rest be?

Let's find out...

Interviewing Methods. Preparation, controlling the setting, the sequence of obtaining a complete account, recognizing sensory perceptions, analyzing witness body language, active listening, interpreting the oral account, and drawing conclusions are all vitally important.

Um... pretty damn easy, as it turns out. To date, I have interviewed three witnesses to UFO sightings, and I believe my methods have been consistent with MUFON's standards. Here's how:

Preparation: I find that my UFO witnesses are uncomfortable if they know how much I've prepared, so these days I skip the maid service and relish tray.

Controlling the Setting: Blinding spotlights are a must.

Sequence of Obtaining a Complete Account: I always start at the beginning, end at the end and fill the rest in in between.

Recognizing Sensory Perceptions: Sometimes I feel a little scratch in the back of my throat when I'm interviewing a UFO witness, but it usually goes away.

Analyzing Witness Body Language: I figure if they're shaking uncontrollably I'm doing my job.

Active Listening: I always stay active when listening to a UFO witness; I'm an avid hiker and love to bike and play tennis. Sometimes I have to ask the UFO witness to speak up.

Interpreting the Oral Account: Seeing as how MUFON's interview template leaves nothing open to interpretation, I'm not sure where to go here. I guess I'll need to study up on this one.

Drawing Conclusions: UFOs are real, and the government has a lot of explaining to do!

And there you go... On to content area number three.

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