In the Shadows Paranormal Project had a prepared series of questions to ask each potential member who responded to the Meetup announcement, and were interested in joining the team. This list is to give you an idea as to what to ask in order to gain a better insight about the strangers you’ll be inviting to your first meeting and learn their intentions as to where they’re coming from when it comes to the paranormal. As well as why they would like to join your new organization. These questions are better asked over the initial phone contact with the prospective individual and identify their knowledge about the paranormal. Keep in mind, this should not be a make or break interview. However if they just don’t seem right, let them know you’ll be notifying them by email (and do follow up) if 1) there’s a fit, and 2) when and where the meeting will take place. As well as allowing you to get to know them better with a personal contact. The Interview Process The Paranormal Interviewing Prospective Members Concluding Your Interview Concluding Your Interview Deciding Who to Invite Members to Consider 1. Have you ever had a personal experience with the paranormal? 2. Are you a believer, a skeptic, or somewhere in the middle? 3. Can you remain objective if the data collected during an investigation had to be discarded that perhaps other team members declared was a positive paranormal event? Including your own evidence? 4. What do you know about how paranormal investigators collect data? 5. Do you watch ‘ghost hunters’ on television? And what do you think of the program you watch? Do you believe everything you see? Please explain. 6. What equipment do you have at your disposal that you can use on an investigation? And how familiar are you with it? 7. Have you learned how to analyse evidence gathered from audio recordings (EVP) or video recordings? Any of from a real paranormal investigation? For example; Do you believe you’re capable of identifying; tampering, dust specks, insects, flares, white noise, film problems, etc? 8. Does your family, friends or colleagues know about your interest in the paranormal? 9. How much time can you dedicate to training meetings, investigations, and analysis sessions? 10. Is anyone else in your family interested in what you do regarding the paranormal? 11. Our group is starting from the bottom up, we don’t have corporate sponsors, we don’t get paid in any way, and all of our expenses come right from our pocket. Would that present a problem for you? 12. Do you have other basic equipment you’d be willing share with team that can be used in our investigations? Cameras, thermal devices, video surveillance equipment etc? 13. Do you have any technical skills with electronics like computers, networks, or surveillance equipment to help teach the team? 14. Do have a any religious convictions that would keep you from participating on an investigation? 15. Have you got any of the psychic gifts? If so, what are they? If not, would you discard these gifts of others claiming to have them? 16. Can you take objective criticism from others? And can you be objective when criticising others as long as it’s constructive? 17. Now, please tell us a bit more about yourself? Once you’ve had response from the web, you must ask yourself, ‘Which of my friends and family would be interested. The next place to look would be the social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, doing a search by subject matter and location. Check also for paranormal news boards, where you can post information about your team and that you’ve got open positions. . Be sure to thank your client for you time and also let them know that although the question may have seemed difficult, their sole purpose was to ensure whoever comes on board, will be a good fit and be as dedicated as we are. We’ll be getting back with you shortly and again, thank you. The best team is one that is comprised of like minded people. When most groups first bet started, they’ve done so with friends and acquaintances. It’s a good idea to look in your own group of friends for starting members. Then as your team develops and survives, begins to do cases, and now exist, you’ll get more and more people wanting to sign up, but it’s always a good idea to have people you know as starting members. Your main objective should be to design a diverse team, and fill the gaps with what’s missing, but this of course is at your discretion. Some examples of people you might search for, could be: The Investigator, follows through on all leads. Researchers, those that like to do the background searches. The Skeptic, questions everything and looks for logical answers ,yet is willing to admit defeat. The Tech, someone who is good with electronics, cameras, web sites, etc. The Case Manager, this is the person who initially deals with the clients. Some people even have theirs call places to do investigations. Many historical places will let you investigate but they rarely come looking for you. Some of these roles can easily be assigned and some can't. You can't point at a member and say ‘you're the skeptic.’ Get to know your members and use each other’s strengths to accentuate your team's advantage. Watching for Signs of Lying The prospective member of your team, or a paranormal client, will make less eye contact during the interview and will occur when they begin to feel uncomfortable or guilty/ Look at them in the eye, as police officers and lawyers often trained to do, and notice if the subject is: Constantly bring their hands to touch their face, throat, nose, mouth, ear, or neck... Is there physical expression limited and/or stiff... o The liar takes up less space with their hand, arm and leg movement the palm of their hand faces toward their own body. Pay close attention to the bridge of their nose and eyebrows, a usual sign of lying would be lowering the eyebrow, wrinkling the bridge of their nose, or twitching around the eyes: When eyebrows are lowered a person is usually frowning, signifying worry, deceit, criticism or disagreement, But look for supporting evidence to make up the cluster, o The frown may simply mean concentration or puzzlement, o Raised eyebrows can indicate surprise or disbelief, o One raised eyebrow suggests an element of suspicion or challenge to the interviewer. Also watch their mouth for tell-tale signs of lying: Their mouth dropping open can suggest either astonishment or surprise, o Or may simply be a question of relaxation, Tightened lips indicate the subject has put themselves in a defensive mode o A rebellious streak can be identified by thrusting out the chin. Keep an eye on the angle of their head When the head is being held straight up – it usually indicates a neutral position – listening hard to what you’re saying and evaluating every word, Small nods acknowledge that information is being received, but does NOT necessarily mean they’re in agreement, Tilting the head the head to one side signals a developing interest to what’s being said or asked, A downcast head could mean a problem. o Basically the gesture signals evaluation of the situation on their part, but with a negative connotation, leading perhaps to submission, o When you cannot see their eyes, they cannot pick up on your non-verbal signals – say something to get their attention and make eye-contact! Are they smiling? We associate a smile with happiness but during an interview it’s usually for a different reason, and their are different kinds of smiles, Watch for the grimace, the wry, resigned sardonic or coy smiles, These all of these represent very different emotions, particularly when linked with other associated gestures... These were just a few of the many things to watch for during an interview, which is why, if you can, video tape with a cam corder and review it later. Mention to them that it’s all part of documenting the case and simply documents the entire process of a paranormal investigation. Other points to learn more about body language include: The seated body signs Attitudes and gestures Confidence levels Cooperation willingness / relaxation Readiness / Expectancy Open / Closed -mindedness Interest and evaluation levels Dominance superiority/aggression Frustration Anxiety  and nervousness Boredom and Defensiveness. It’s often a good idea to invite guest speakers to your meeting (preferably the open-to- the-public meetings) to talk more about how body language is an important aspect to be learned by those conducting an interviewing, and often it’s what has NOT been said verbally that is more valuable than what IS! Being Selective When On-boarding New Members
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