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Practical Interview Skills Course

  • 21 Nov 2023
  • 28 Nov 2023
  • 2 sessions
  • 21 Nov 2023, 9:00 AM 1:00 PM (CST)
  • 28 Nov 2023, 9:00 AM 1:00 PM (CST)
  • Grant Thornton, 8/F, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (MTR Exit F1)
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  • Applicable to ACFE HK / ACFE members, students / members of ASIS, ACCA, CIMA, HKICPA, IIA, ISACA, HKIoS, HKSI, HKAFA, iCRFO, GCFPA, CA ANZ
  • Applicable to ACFE HK / ACFE members, students / members of ASIS, ACCA, CIMA, HKICPA, IIA, ISACA, HKIoS, HKSI, HKAFA, iCRFO, GCFPA, CA ANZ; registration and payment before 1 October 2023
  • Registration and payment before 1 October 2023

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Notes for participants - (1) the two in-person sessions will be identical and you will be enrolled into one of the sessions.  You will be asked for your preference during the registration process. (2) Time of the sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hong Kong Time. We are fixing a technical difficulty that other time zones may be displayed on some devices.

This 4-hour workshop builds on the success and interest in ACFEHK's June 2023 presentation "The Interview". This course will reintroduce the PEACE method applied through cognitive interviewing. Through exercises and discussion the course will offer method and strategy to produce the best results for both the interviewer and person being interviewed.

To bring a successful investigation to the point where disciplinary action, civil litigation or criminal prosecution can be considered the interview is the final essential step. Considering the right approach and interview format are no less important than gathering documentary and computer evidence. There will always be a need to examine items with the help of someone with specialist knowledge, or to talk to the person most likely to have been responsible for the incident.

In the commercial environment PEACE investigative interviewing is a valuable tool that promotes ethical and efficient resolution of concerns within an organization. It requires both skilful investigation and inter- personal contact while maintaining an atmosphere of respect, neutrality, and empathy. The primary objective of PEACE investigative interviewing is to gather comprehensive and accurate information surrounding a potential conflict, misconduct, breach of regulations or law. By employing non-confrontational techniques, such as active listening and open-ended questions, interviewers create an environment which encourages disclosure.

In this course we will examine and explore interview management and questioning strategies for the varied circumstances a corporate investigator or private consultant might encounter.

This course is designed and based on the professional training and experience of the instructors covering law enforcement, corporate in-house and private consulting investigations.

The workshop will include practical exercises including a small group discussion session where the instructors can offer participants practical suggestions for case management.

There will be a hands-on exercise for course members to practice questioning skills in near real-life conditions.

Course participant numbers are limited to 20 persons per session to maximise audience participation and discussion. Two dates are offered to allow maximum participation.

4 hours CPE credits will be available for this course.


Ian Barlow, CFE, Softly Softly Consulting Limited

Ian Barlow is a security risk management consultant with specialist knowledge of fraud investigations gained during a career in the Commercial Crime Bureau of the Hong Kong Police, and working in Asia as a risk manager in the financial services and advanced technology industries. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and board member of the Hong Kong Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, an ISACA Certified Information Security Manager, ASIS Certified Protection Professional, and a member of the Business Continuity Institute. He now works as an independent security risk management consultant.

Kris Lee, CFE, Krisk Forensic Solutions Consulting Services

Kris Lee has over 30 years of fraud and corruption investigation experience with a mixed career of law enforcement, in-house investigation/ compliance as well as private consulting. With the intensive professional training in the Independent Commission Against Corruption and tremendous experience in private sector, Kris has developed unique and effective skillset for interviews in fraud investigations with proven success. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a board member and the immediate past President of the Hong Kong Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Kris is currently a private investigation consultant.

Dates and Location

21 Nov (Tue) or 28 Nov (Tue) 2023
Grant Thornton, 8/F, Lee Garden Two 28 Yun Ping Road Causeway Bay Hong Kong
(MTR Exit F1)


Presented in English supplemented by Cantonese.


ACFE members and associate organisations HK$3500
Non- members HK$4000
Full details of pricing is shown on the registration form.
Substantial discounts are offered for members of the Hong Kong Chapter, members of ACFE and students and members of affiliated organizations, including ASIS, ACCA, CIMA, HKICPA, IIA, ISACA, HKIoS, HKSI, HKAFA, iCFRO, GCFPA, CA ANZ.
In addition to member discounts, participants are also entitled to a 5% discount for groups with at least 3 participants and 10% additional discounts for registration before 1st October 2023.


  • A maximum of 20 places are available for each session of this course.
  • Seats will be reserved on a first come first-served basis and will be confirmed only after both a completed Registration Form and
  • payment are received. Pricing is shown on the registration form.

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