Blind dates and investigation interviews are the same thing

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As my 30th wedding anniversary approaches, I have been nostalgic about my former life as a single lawyer in Manhattan. But not too nostalgic—what they say about life in a big law firm is true. With so little personal time, I went on 30 blind dates in one year.

Fast forward to today. In my work as an investigator, coach, and instructor, I constantly polish my investigation techniques. Conducting effective interviews is the most important technique.

Don’t we prepare for blind dates and investigation interviews the same way? The goals are different, but the techniques are similar.

I did some online research about blind dates. The articles are loaded with dos and don’ts about meeting someone new. The steps are essentially the same ones used to prepare for interviews.

Here are some of those blind date tips and how they apply to our work.

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