North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

How to Survive Your First Three Minutes in An Interview

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December 4, 2017


Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course. 

Who Should Attend:

Investigators and other persons responsible for investigating/ interviewing those suspected of committing a crime.

Course Goal:

To provide insight into understanding phatic phase of the interview and the importance it plays in the conduct and subsequent interview outcome.  

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this training the student will be able to:
> Identify the six elements of the phatic phases of communication.
> Relate each of the six elements to the success of the interview outcome.
> Demonstrate the application of the six elements during the phatic phase of the interview.


This course employs lecture/discussion and practical exercises.

Course Requirements:

Attendance of 100% is required at all class sessions.  Students are required to participate in all practical exercises.  

Special Concerns:

This is a vendor course for which a $75 fee is charged for attendance.  Mr. Rabon will accept cash, credit card or a money order from students attending the course.  He does not accept purchase orders. Students wishing to pay the fee in advance may send payment directly to:
Don Rabon
191 Sweetgum Trail
Hendersonville, NC 28739
Class will begin at 8:00 am unless otherwise directed by the instructor.  It is recommended participants have successfully completed a previous course on interview training prior to enrolling in this course.


  1. Register for ALL NCJA classes (online, traditional, web-based) on our North Carolina Justice Academy Training Portal. After signing in to the portal, you can view ALL available classes. If you don’t have a portal account, instructions for creating one are located here.
  2. This is a vendor course for which a $75 fee is charged for attendance. Please see information above.



Course Coordinator:

Ross Robinson
Instructor: Don Rabon

Length of Course:

One (1) day