The Qualities of a Good Private Investigator

Following the many requests for employment or training internships at our agency and regardless of the regulatory requirements to be able to practice this profession, we would like to indicate which, in our opinion makes us the best private investigators in Mississauga and which should be the intrinsic qualities that a good private investigator should have.

Analytical Skills

It goes without saying that an investigator must be informed about the subject matter of the investigation, skilled in the techniques, technologically competent and able to face the numerous requests, interests, people, and cultures he encounters during the investigation. In addition, the investigator must have the intellectual abilities to extract factual information from a wide variety of data, to keep contradictions, confirmations and pending decisions until all the information necessary to make critical connections between apparently facts has been collected.

Emotional Intelligence

This quality, which captures some aspects of the “soft” side of the intelligence described above, is equally important for a good investigator. It includes being smart or sensitivity and being able to decipher complex situations accurately. It includes being able to read meanings and evaluate the emotions and personal qualities of the accused complainants, and also of the witnesses, in order to accurately assess their intentions, their truthfulness. Emotional intelligence also includes reading and interpreting issues like what witnesses can “say” with body language, hesitation, vagueness, or other indirect and subtle forms of communication.


The ability to start and complete a difficult or boring task is a quality requirement for investigators. Sometimes an apparently trivial phrase or an observation of an unimportant witness is the detail that can open the door wide. The investigator who puts only the attention on the “big picture” or has seen too many television detectives who easily and conveniently solve cases on the basis of their intelligent “intuitions” will hardly find success in the investigation world where persistent work is a vital key for an effective result.


Surveys can be dangerous, usually not physically, but certainly emotionally, intellectually and morally. The abilities to face, prosecute, persist, resist intimidation of aggression or challenge, are clearly needed in some investigations. Subtler, but equally important, the investigator needs the courage to resist pity or give credibility to a sympathetic liar. Independence and being strong in integrity are also important, especially when the facts are proving to be contrary to the result desired by the client.

Speed and Flexibility

Although it is difficult to find the perfect conditions to describe this quality, investigators must be witty and adaptable because they are regularly subjected to emotions, situations, events, and people. They have to change direction quickly and appropriately when the survey paths are suddenly ending, branching out or veering in a completely different direction. The good investigator must be meticulous enough to catch any useful element on the rational conclusions.