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  • Luch
    started a topic Polygraph Questions.

    Polygraph Questions.

    What exactly do they ask about on the polygraph? I have heard everything from drugs, gambling, porn (child and regular, do they really ask about CP?!), booze, strip clubs, adultery, theft, road rage, animal abuse, stealing from your mother, and lots more. Is this all true?

    I have never done any of these things (except gamble, legally of course, and I don't drink much) I just don't want to be surprised later and look at the polygraph operator like an idiot and laugh!

    Also, is it possible to be so nervous when you go in for the polygraph it says you are lying and you are not?

    Thanks.....
    Last edited by Luch; 04-07-2005, 08:37 PM.

  • SanDiego_Col
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    Thank you very much..

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  • PHSeaBee
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    Originally posted by SanDiego_Col View Post
    I'm having my 3rd polygraph in 2 weeks and I'm wondering why.... I have been honest with all my answers and the fact that they have not fail me makes me wonder more..

    i just want to see if anyone has gone by more than 1 polygraph and how the experience was....

    yes, I have for CBP. It wasn't about me lying or omitting It was about prior employer and ex-wife having negative things to say the extra poly was to clear up any loose ends Ridiculous I know but how Customs and many others do business? stay true and don't minimize you'll be great!

    Thank you all

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  • SanDiego_Col
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    3rd Polygraph for border patrol 15-3

    I'm having my 3rd polygraph in 2 weeks and I'm wondering why.... I have been honest with all my answers and the fact that they have not fail me makes me wonder more..

    i just want to see if anyone has gone by more than 1 polygraph and how the experience was....

    Thank you all

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  • D_Rex
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    The absolute worst possible thing you can do, is come into a Polygraph with preconceived notions. Do yourself a favor and just memory dump right now.

    All you need to do is get plenty of rest, be honest, attentive and focused thats it period.

    Just trust me on this

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  • Jp115p
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    Sorry to resurrect this thread from so long ago
    Last edited by Jp115p; 02-02-2015, 08:30 PM.

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  • chadliey
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    yes they ask everything. imagine what could be the worst skeletons in your closet...and it's asked. the majority of people don't have to worry about these questions and can answer them truthfully; granted some people will just be "nervous" because of the situational stimuli, however if you are concerned about CP at this point...then I would say that if you have those skeletons hanging in your closet then it's time to move on....I believe the most "question" people have issues with is the drug related issues...not CP.

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  • Kimble
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    Originally posted by Luch View Post
    What exactly do they ask about on the polygraph? I have heard everything from drugs, gambling, porn (child and regular, do they really ask about CP?!)...
    I have to ask, are you concerned about them asking about child pornography on the polygraph?

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  • o2force
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    My advice to everyone. If you are going to take a polygraph do not try and learn more about it.

    It's a secretive process of trickery and if you figure out the trick you could end up hurting yourself.


    It's best if you go in there honest, nerves high, and tell the truth.

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  • hopefullnewguy
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    I take my first poly tomorrow morning. I am a nervous wreck, not due to my past, but merely never having taken one. I am trying to tell myself to relax and to not worry about it as the department is uber-competitive and there are a lot of really good candidates out there, and my test score was not phenominal. (i know not real positive, but trying to relax a bit). Hopefully I will do well, and either way that this goes, I can at least say that I have completed one polygraph.

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  • hollowpoint40
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    When i took one it was pretty much certifying things on the paper work you fill out talking about your life etc. They know you will be nervous and judge that properly. The fact is, if you fill out your packet prior and are being honest you should be fine. I was the last one to finish filling out the packet out of 30 people, it took me forever, but i had let so much out that there was nothing they could have asked me that i didnt already put yes or no to on paper, so i went in there with a clear head.

    They dont really try to "mess" with you, but they are trying to see if you are serious in my opinion, she asked me a question about something on my resume that was so obvious i knew she was trying to gauge my reaction, i answered calm and cool, she asked again, answered cool again, that was it.

    Depending on the place is going to determine what they ask you, but just be honest and you will have no problems.

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  • UD4LIFE
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    I know multiple guys that passed State and Federal polys and passed who lied.

    I know others who were truthful and failed or were considered deceptive.

    Its a crap shoot IMO but part of the game.

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  • ten3zro
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    Originally posted by ford123 View Post
    Yeah right...

    The things are not accurate. I could expand on that, but it is a waist of time.

    Always tell the truth..That is the best you can do.

    The polygraph does what it was designed to due accurately 100% of the time. That is, measure physiologic responses. It is not a lie detector. There is no such thing. The science behind it requires the examiner to interpret your physiologic responses to his yes or no questions. So it is 100% accurate in that it measures your pulse rate and respirations. It is not 100% accurate in terms of detecting deception. That's where the examiner skill comes in, and as far as that goes, you either believe in the science or you don't. The science is not considered reliable enough to be admissible in court, but obviously govt. agencies rely upon the results for pre-employment screening, so you have to live with the process.

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  • ford123
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    Originally posted by VAsteve20 View Post
    well if you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to worry about...
    the polygraph examiner will beable to tell if your not telling the truth... the actual readings from all the physical reactions measured are more of a secondary thing... the examiner knows that the polygraph readings are not 100% accurate, but if he is a good examiner, then he knows what buttons to push to get the truth.
    Yeah right...

    The things are not accurate. I could expand on that, but it is a waist of time.

    Always tell the truth..That is the best you can do.

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  • LCOJR
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    Hello all. Can anyone give me some feedback about the Polygraph done on BSO office? I got mine scheduled soon. I'm not nervous about answering the truth, but I have never been strapped to one of these machines before.

    Can anyone who has done it in BSO give some advice and tell who was it? your experience etc?

    Tks

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