Interviewing Techniques

1 Credits: Auditing (Governmental)


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Interviewing Techniques

Course Level
CPE Credits

1 Credits: Auditing (Governmental)

Course Description

In this course, two retired Federal Regional Inspectors General will discuss Audit Interviewing.  While the course is directed to government auditors, the information should also assist CPAs conducting Single Audits.

The course addresses why we conduct interviews, who we should interview, the types of interviews, conducting the interview and dealing with difficult interviewees.  It also covers the difference between interviews and interrogations and some aspects of nonverbal communication, including body language.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Why interview and who to interview;
  • Types of interviews;
  • Preparing for and conducting interviews;
  • Differences between interviews and interrogations; and
  • Dealing with difficult interviewees.
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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
December 18, 2023


Advanced Preparation


Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220

CFP Notice: Not all courses that qualify for CFP® credit are registered by Western CPE. If a course does not have a CFP registration number in the compliance section, the continuing education will need to be individually reported with the CFP Board. For more information on the reporting process, required documentation, processing fee, etc., contact the CFP Board. CFP Professionals must take each course in it’s entirety, the CFP Board DOES NOT accept partial credits for courses.

Meet The Experts

Until his retirement in October 1996, Sefton Boyars was the Department of Education’s Regional Inspector General for Audit in Regions IX and X. During his 35-year career, Sefton worked for a variety of federal and local government audit agencies. He is a member of the California CPA Society and was a long-time chair of his chapter’s combined committee on Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards and Government Accounting and Auditing. Sefton Boyars is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Government Financial Manager, a Certified Fraud Specialist, and a Certified Internal Auditor. He is a past chair of the Western Intergovernmental Audit …