Users of the Iranian Counterintelligence Interview Training system are government agents or those interested in cultural awareness training. Through a series of simulated conversations with Sirous Shirazi, users can ask questions about his life in America, life in Iran, and Iranian culture in order to establish a better relationship with this potential source. While discussing Sirous' experiences in the United States and Iran, users practice conversational strategies to become comfortable utilizing various interviewing methods and cultural points. Sirous is different in every conversation, varying in mood, personal history, and regard for government agents, keeping the interaction between agent and potential source interesting after numerous plays.
If the user is able to convince Sirous to agree to a second interview, he will remember all that was discussed during the previous conversation. This leads to further challenges, as the user must remember what information was discussed during the first interview and what information has not been discussed but is in Sirous' file.
It is the user's job to build rapport with Sirous and determine whether he will agree to further contact with an American government agent. This training system aids in increasing skill levels with tough conversation topics, especially discussing culturally sensitive subjects. Users receive real-time support and feedback from an on-screen coach and post-conversation feedback based on rapport, the ability to convince Sirous to schedule a second interview, knowledge of cultural points, depth of conversation, proper interview techniques, and handling of "show stopper" questions. During the second interview, the user will be additionally scored on the ability to secure a third interview and whether Sirous agrees to undertake a task.
After playing this training system, users will be able to approach these difficult topics with potential sources.