Marci Shuster, BSA, CFI

Security Specialist
Resource Protection
Overwaitea Food Group

Why did you become a Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI)?

I became a CFI for several reasons. First and Foremost, I wanted to Broaden my interviewing skills as interviewing and interrogation is a very important and very large part of my role as an internal investigator.

I am always eager and excited to learn different techniques across this field that will help me continue to grow and develop. In addition, it gives me access to incredible tools and resources to continue expanding my knowledge.

Having the CFI designation to me represents a strong dedication to your field and it speaks to your level of professionalism. It matters not only individually but for my organization and for the industry with which I work.

It also represents a commitment to ethical standards, mastering a technique, and a commitment to continuing education.

Having this designation has also been a catalyst for expanding my network and my visibility within the organization and the industry.

The CFI designation is elite and tailored to a very specific field within security as opposed to other designations that are available within the industry that are more generalized.

It is important to study for the one that will provide the most benefit to you, your career, your company, and your industry. For me, hands down, it was the CFI!

What was the most difficult challenge you came across while preparing for the CFI exam?

The most difficult challenge was, is, and always will be time. You must invest in the time to study and prepare. You must be able to balance this time with your career and personal life. This course, and the exam, were designed to test your understanding of concepts and your ability to apply those concepts to a situation. A second challenge for me, as a Canadian, was learning and understanding aspects of United States criminal Law vs. Canadian criminal Law. Admittedly, after the course, I caught myself referencing Miranda and the 5th amendment by accident instead of the Canadian Charter of Rights.

Do you use social media? If so which ones?

As far as social Media goes, I use social media for investigative purposes only. You will not find me tweeting, instagramming or liking things on Facebook. LinkedIn, however, is professional and should be kept separate from social media.

What are you passionate about?

I am most passionate about my career. I have always had a passion for learning, developing, and bettering myself.

Who do you most admire? Who is your favorite person? Why?

The person I admire most is my late Grandfather. My grandfather instilled the highest ethical and moral standards in his family.  He truly led by example. His integrity was second to none and I learned how important it is to be well respected and trusted, not just in business but in life.  And, when people trust you they will do business with you!

If you could trade places for a day with anyone, who would it be?

Nobody because I may not want to trade back the next day!!

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you bring?

Toothbrush, blanket, and potatoes.

What’s your favorite movie?

The Breakfast Club – a classic from a great decade!