Investigative Interviewing & Report Writing


Report preparation has become part and parcel of today's professional routines. Company personnel are expected to prepare analytical reports that are accurate, easy to understand and possess appropriate details. They are also expected to possess investigative interviewing skills and communicate their research findings in a standard format.

The interview is the cornerstone of what is often a time consuming and costly investigation process, and is critical to its success. Poor interviewing technique may fail to fully establish the reliable truth, or worse, may render evidence inadmissible through failure to comply with the required procedure.

Effective interviewing delivers results; however it must then be put into a format that is easily understood so that others are able to rely on what is presented and make sound decisions based on information presented.

This workshop is therefore designed to provide the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to effectively conduct professional interviews and then translate those effectively to the required reports.


Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop participants should be able to:

  • Interview parties in such a way as to obtain, without oppression, all relevant evidence.
  • Know the basic concepts and purpose of Investigative Report Writing.
  • Identify the characteristics of a complete and quality Report.
  • Describe the steps in Investigative Report preparation.
  • Identify the techniques to enhance the quality of the report prepared.
  • Understand the fundamentals of analytical/critical thinking skills.
  • Write reports with greater confidence.


Programme Outline

The Communication Process

  • Communication skills including active listening, questioning techniques and non-verbal communication

Basic Writing Principles

Effective Report Writing Models

The Five C's of Communication

  • Conciseness
  • Clarity
  • Coherence
  • Concreteness
  • Context

Using Effective Writing Techniques

Using Effective Graphics

  • Tables
  • Figures

The Stages of Investigative Report Preparation

  • Data gathering
  • Results sorting and analysis
  • Report Outline
  • Report Writing
  • Report Review and Recommendations

Problem solving through analytical / critical thinking

Practical exercises in writing Reports

Group and individual exercises


Facilitator: Mr. Mirza Ali-Mohammed

Mr. Mirza Ali-Mohammed brings a wealth of experience as a practitioner and as a manager in small and large organisations across several sectors.

He is a graduate in Mass Communications from UWI, Mona, Jamaica and is currently in the final stages of completing an MBA in Project Management. He has been certified as a Master Trainer from the National Center for Construction, Education and Research (NCCER), USA.

Mirza has served in several capacities associated with Human Resources and Training & Development. His immediate past position was Divisional Manager, Human Resources and Student Affairs at the National Energy Skills Center. Prior to that, he served at Petrotrin as a Senior Human Resource Analyst responsible for all Technical Training. Other experiences came from Petrotrin Trinmar Operations and BWIA Ltd.

Mirza previously lectured in the field of Communication Arts at UWI, School of Continuing Studies, where report writing was part of the programme outline. He also taught Technical English including Technical Report Writing at John Donaldson Technical Institute. His experience working in a technical environment at PTSC and BWIA allowed him the opportunity to prepare and train supervisors in the skill of effective Technical Report Writing.

Mirza has conducted Training & Development interventions for many companies locally and in most English speaking islands of the Caribbean. The regional programmes were funded by the UNDP and the ILO.



Date View Event Calendar 20th - 21st July, 2015
Time 8:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Duration 2 Days
Cost TT $4,000.00 (inclusive of training materials, refreshments and Certificate of Participation) 
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice.
Venue Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business
Max Richards Drive,
Uriah Butler Highway, North West,
Mt. Hope


Tel: 645-6700
Fax: 662-1411


Brent Cassim - ext. 330
Anastasia Mohammed - ext. 328



Certificates will only be issued to participants who have attained a minimum attendance rate of 75% for the duration of the course.

Course Cancellation/ Reschedule Policy

Arthur Lok Jack GSB (ALJGSB) reserves the right to cancel training at any time. If ALJGSB cancels the training due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of ALJGSB, you are entitled to a full refund of the course fee, or your course fee can be credited toward a future training, based upon availability (providing payments have been made before original advertised date).

ALJGSB reserves the right to reschedule training at any time. If ALJGSB reschedules training due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of ALJGSB, the training will take place at the next available time. Participants will be informed via phone and/or e-mails.



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