Even if you are not Irish, a little luck falls upon most people every now and then. Although I firmly believe that hard work trumps luck any day of the week, we all appreciate a nice break once in a while! Just make sure you don't live your life relying on luck to get by, or you may find yourself hanging out in casinos and investing in lottery tickets and scratch-off games, or maybe believing that you do have a long-lost Nigerian relative who is a prince and wants to leave you $350,000,000 million dollars! (By the way, if you believe you have a rich Nigerian Prince as a relative, I have a bridge I would like to sell you, click here)
One place you should never rely on luck is in the interview room. As a professional interviewer you should not "wing-it" when it comes to gathering information from a victims, witnesses or suspects. Rather than luck, you need a solid foundation of training that is supported by academic research. However, your training doesn't end there. You should spend time reading, researching, studying and taking training courses to constantly develop your skills and techniques surrounding interviewing and interrogation, detecting deception, memory, communication, personality assessment, interpersonal relations, public speaking, emotions and emotion recognition, and on and on. Anything that can give you an edge and bring up your skills should be on your radar and scheduled into your calendar. When you look at a professional athlete, whether in baseball, basketball, football, hockey or any other sport, they aren't lucky to be on top of their game, they spent a lot of time practicing, training and preparing. Luck had little if anything to do with it. As the say goes, luck favors the prepared mind! So prepare!