TN 35 (09-12)
GN 00203.009 Difficult Interviewing Situations
A. How to handle problems that arise during the interview
Some interviews may involve:
conflicts of interest, or
people with mental impairments.
We are committed to providing the most effective service to the public, including people with limited English proficiency (LEP), language assistance needs, and hearing, visual, or mental impairments. We make communicating with us as easy and convenient as possible by providing options for conducting business with us. Individuals can choose to communicate with us in a way that makes them most comfortable (e.g., in-office, telephone, field visits, mail, and Internet services).
People who are emotionally upset or under stress may show outward signs of distress (e.g., they may grimace, be antagonistic, or withdrawn). We require special interviewing techniques and skills because the person's distress may be due to a physical or emotional impairment (e.g., terminal illness, mood disorder, etc.).
In spite of difficulties that may arise during an interview, we strive to handle each situation with tact, diplomacy, and discretion. Follow the routine interviewing procedures, including good listening skills. Protect the dignity of each individual, regardless of the nature of the interview (e.g., treat each person with respect; listen to what he or she has to say, etc.). If you need help, seek additional assistance from management staff.
B. References for difficult interviewing situations
For dealing with difficult interviewing situations, refer to the following sections:
GN 00203.010B Interviewing People who are Terminally Ill
GN 00203.010C Interviewing people with contagious disease
GN 00203.010D Interviewing people with behavioral problems
GN 00203.011 Special Interviewing Situations - Limited English Proficiency (LEP) or When Language Assistance Required
GN 00203.012 Special Interviewing Situations — (Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Individual)
GN 00203.013 Interviewing Hostile People
GN 00203.014 Interviewing People who may Be Victims of Abuse
DI 11005.070 Field Office Title II or Title XVI Disability Provisions for Claimants who are Blind or Visually Impaired
DI 11005.075 Difficult Interviewing Situations
DI 11005.076 Interviewing People with a Mental Impairment(s)