Copyright Tracy DeVore


When you started your group, it was likely either you by yourself, or you and one other person. You talked, you shared common interests and beliefs, and you decided to become co-investigators of the paranormal. Some people are content to leave it at that, but others would like to expand not only their knowledge and equipment, but their group.

Maybe you’re looking for some diversity, people with different talents who can add their own insight to investigations. You might be looking for a particular type of person, perhaps someone with some camera or other technical experience, or even someone with psychic abilities.

The first thing you’ll want to do is put some “feelers” out for people who might be interested (expect a lot of response to this query). Once you’ve got some names and contact information, the next step is to send out a questionnaire, something to give you an idea of the person’s background and strengths. A sample form might be something like this (with any other questions you might add that are specific to your group or needs):

Paranormal Investigator Application

Date:___________________

Name_______________________________________________________________________

Address______________________________________________________________________

Telephone Number(s) __________________________________________________________

E-Mail Address _______________________________________________________________

How did you find out about our group? ______________________________________________

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What qualifications do you have to be an Investigator?

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What, if any, investigative equipment (digital or analog recorder, camera, flashlight, etc.) are you most comfortable working with?

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What, if any, investigative equipment (digital or analog recorder, camera, flashlight, etc.) do you now own?

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What are your religious beliefs? Are you practicing?

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Are you interested in the occult (Ouija board, séances, psychics, spells)?

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If so, when have you used a Ouija board, been part of a séance, seen a psychic, or performed any

spells?___________________________________________________________

Have you had any personal paranormal experiences? If so, describe.

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Do you routinely experience paranormal events or consider yourself psychic? If so, explain.

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In the event you become a team member or meet our members for an investigation, would you be comfortable following our protocol (a copy is attached)?

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Additional Comments:

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Once you’ve received and reviewed all the questionnaires, you then narrow the applicants down to the select few who interest you. Then you’ll want to schedule a “live” interview, including everyone currently in your group, to see how each of you meshes with the new prospect.

Of course, the real test will be in the field, where you will then be able to distinguish between those you’re comfortable working with and those you aren’t. In any event, you’ll have the opportunity to meet many people who share your interests, and hopefully learn something new.


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  1. 846 Studios says:

    Very nice and informative post, keep them coming.

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