The “Why Now” interview technique.

When you’re conducting an interview and the subject says something, ask yourself, “Why is he telling me this now?”

We know what the person says is important, but take it one step further and ask, “Why is he telling me this now? Why is he telling me this at this time rather then earlier or later?”

This is a VERY powerful tool to add to your investigative tool set!

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Don’t psych yourself out on surveillance.

In some ways I think this is one of my most valuable videos on doing surveillance because it deals with such a common problem investigators have when following someone.

With my course, The Investigator’s Ultimate Guide to Surveillance, I get a lot of feedback from people and I actually get e-mails from people who haven’t even bought my course yet.

One the thing I hear a lot is just the nervousness of doing surveillance. The fear that the subject just knows you’re there. It just feels like they know you’re following them!

Early on I struggled with this too. I mean, how can they not see me back here?

But, here’s the thing… Continue reading

Private investigator secrets for “snooping” through trash.

This is a “dirty trick” that seems easy until you go to do it, then you realize that you need to do it in a way the subject doesn’t know you’ve been there!

You don’t how know challenging this is – until you try to do it! That’s when you realize the WHAT to do is simple, but the HOW to do it gets tricky when you actually get out in the real world to do it! Continue reading

Avoid this resume killing mistake when applying for a private investigator job!

This is an embarrassing one for me.

I don’t even know why I’m going to share this with you except I want you to avoid the mistake I made!

What is an expert private investigator?

There’s a couple of different definitions of what an expert is.

One definition is someone who has spent 10,000 hours doing something.

If you’ve spent 10,000 doing it, that makes you an expert according to one definition and there’s a lot to be said for that. That may not be the best definition, but it’s an interesting little thumbnail way to look at it. Just a straight up, massive amount of experience doing something.

Another definition of an expert is someone who’s made all the mistakes there are to make in a very narrow field of study. That’s an interesting definition as well.

Whichever you choose, I qualify for both of them.

I have well over 10,000 hours in this industry and I feel like I’ve made every mistake possible. Please learn from my mistakes. This is one of them… Continue reading