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Pre-Employment Polygraph-Read before you ask!

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jpainter2728 says ...



how can they tell if your heart rate is up just from being there, and you are all sweaty that you are lieing or not.



The ones running the Polygraph are trained in what to look for on the print out, as well as your physical actions/reactions. Even without the machine, most seasoned officers can detect when a subject is not being truthful based on their body language. Have you ever seen the TV series "Lie to Me"? There's a lot of truth to that (no pun intended).


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Oh ok , i was just wondering but that does paint a much clearer picture of how it works, like i said i am not going to lie that would just be dumb i was just thinking about that lol


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 I have a question about the polygraph. I've heard that one of the questions is "Have you ever viewed child pornography". And for me, technically that answer would be yes, even though it wasnt intentionally. What happened is, I had a girlfriend in Arizona my freshman year, when I was about 14. I moved away, and then 3 or 4 years later, she tried to get back in touch with me on facebook. At first I thought it would be fine, but then she starts sending me naked pictures of herself. I blocked her immediately, but she was under 18 at the time. (17, i think.) So technically that would be child pornography, and I did see the pictures. I have no problems with being honest about it, but I know there are very intense feelings about child pornography out there, and I dont know if I would even be given a chance to explain past "Yes." And even if there was, would I be persecuted for my answer? People arent generally very tolerant about that sort of thing. Guys sleep with 17 year old girls all the time who say they are 18, but it isnt the girls who go to jail, and judges generally dont listen past, "Yes, I did it." When I was 13 or 14 years old, I also accidentaly found a video of two very-likely underage girls playing around with a camera from a fake link on a music website. I also closed that, and am fully prepared to be honest and explain, but again, would I even be given the chance? I remember both events very clearly, because I felt/feel very bad about both of them. Would the test-giver assume I was lying? Would the two events hurt my chances of being a police officer? I really want to be a police officer, and would never view child pornography intentionally.

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Just be honest with the examiner and explain your situation as you have here.  The examiner is looking for illicit (criminal) viewing of child porn, not the type that you describe.  Don't make the mistake of over-thinking the test and/or the questions.  The examiner can take your explanation into account and adjust your test accordingly (Other than what we have talked about, have you ever viewed child pornography).  Relax and don't let the stigma of taking a polygraph examination scare you.


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 Just out of curiosity....


I've only taken one poly in my life. it was not required to be an MP.


So. Back in the early 90s, while I was on patrol my barracks room got broken into. Pretty much everything I owned was stolen out of that room. I was given a polygraph to ensure I had nothing to do with the theft (I didn;t pawn my own stuff then try to make a claim)


Needless to say, I did not steal my own things, and was legitimatly burgalarized.


I took the poly and told 100% the truth about everything.


It came back as "Inconclusive"


Even though I never lied about anything.


Can anyone explain this result?


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There can be a number of explanations for an "Inconclusive" result in a polygraph examination.


1) You had concerns about another theft or fraud issue totally unrelated to the burglary being investigated.


2) The questions asked by the examiner were "weak" and did not appropriately focus your thought process on the matter at hand.


3)  You were "Over-thinking" the question to the point that it impacted your test results.


4)  You were impacted by some external stimulus (noise, medication, medical condition, etc).


There are other possibilities but I will keep the list short.  Generally speaking, if you come in with a"Inconclusive" result the examiner will retest you after speaking to you and attempting to identify and correct the reason for the "Inconclusive".


 


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Great thread it actually calmed me down, not that worked up on the Poly anymore

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I've passed one and then failed one a year later... Dunno why or how i failed it but i still made it into law enforcement. i think every tester is different.

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Taking the Poly September 10th, this definitely helped me feel more relaxed about the process! Thanks.

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Just a reminder to those who insist on debating the veracity and/or credibility of the Polygraph.


Note:  This thread was started to provide some general information to prospective LE candidate Polygraph Examination subjects.  It is not a forum to debate the merits or reliability of the Polygraph.  All posts that attempt to turn this thread in that direction will be deleted without notice.


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