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    Ok. So I have my polygraph for the department I've been being processed through for the last 6 months. I've passed everything so far with flying colors. This would be my last hurdle. Now I know what most will say, be myself, don't lie, they don't expect everyone to be perfect. But I'm just nervous, like anyone in this situation should be. I'm just looking for some constructive advice or even just somebody to tell me I'll do fine. The advice on these forums have got me through the other 98% of this process. Just need a little help for the last push!

  • #2
    You'll do fine.
    Poly's are bad for those who aren't honest, have sold drugs, committed serious crimes, etc. They don't care about the pack of gum you stole, they don't care that you occasionally-and legally- drink alcohol. They don't care that you smoked pot 50 times throughout high school.
    They do care if you currently or recently used drugs, committed a serious crime, etc.


    • #3
      Don't even look stuff up about polygraphs or even attempt to get a hint from another poster about polygraphs.

      You will fail then.

      Stay calm and answer truthfully. The questions are related to your employment packet.

      I went through it to get my top secret security clearance, it was a piece of cake.
      Captain Square Badge, reporting for duty!.


      • #4
        Go in there with a clear head. Don't over think the questions and answer truthfully, but don't ramble on with your answers. Ask the examiner if you will be able to have questions clarified if necessary before you answer them. A good example would be marijuana use. With the numerous states now allowing the medical use of marijuana, it may be an issue. What may be legal in one place may not be legal in another. You may be asked if you EVER experimented with illegal drugs. What may be illegal here in the U.S. isn't necessarily illegal in other countries where you may have visited, or even lived.

        Bottom line is be as truthful as you possibly can be. Contrary to what many people say, paired with a good operator, the poly is a good way to find the truth.
        Getting shot hurts! Don't under estimate the power of live ammo. A .22LR can kill you! I personally feel that it's best to avoid being shot by any caliber. Your vest may stop the bullet, but you'll still get a nice bruise or other injury to remember the experience.


        • #5
          Thanks for the advice so far! One question I have though is do you get a chance to explain answers or do you just answer straight yes or no?


          • #6
            Every question is discussed with you, up front. Typically, you fill out a questionnaire.

            Candidate Smith sees out question #4 which asks: Have you ever stolen anything from your workplace, what was it and what was it worth?

            Smith fills in his answer: "Yes, I took a bottle of ketchup, home, from the restaurant I worked at when I was 17, four bucks, maybe?"

            During the poly, the examiner will ask, "Other than what we've already discussed, have you ever stolen anything from your workplace, worth over $50?"

            Smith answers, "No" and providing he's telling the truth, no reaction.

            Some candidates, here, get all up in a bunch over questions like, "have you ever knowingly downloaded child porn?" Any user of the internet for viewing of sexual matter gets spammed by companies trying to push creepy stuff. The key to the original question is KNOWINGLY.

            Smith should know when he's deliberately set himself down, pantsless, to view "shaved underage Asian teen boys" on his Mac device.
            "You're never fully dressed without a smile."

            Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

            Three things I know for sure: (1) No bad deed goes unrewarded, (2) No good deed goes unpunished, and (3) It is entirely possible to push the most devoted, loyal and caring person beyond the point where they no longer give a 5h!t.


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