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    Question 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?

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    The ones i have done they ask you about 50 questions prior to the actual test. They then ask you the same ones randomly during the test to see how you react. IN the end they ask you maybe 10 questions 10 times each.

    Just be 100 percent honest. Be up front about things before the test so when they ask you, it wont seem like your lying.

    In mine they said i was having a problem with a question. I knew i wasnt lying so i dont really understand how the thing works. I passed. Dont sweat it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luch
    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.....
    Do a search on here on the polygraph. You are probably the third person this week to ask these same questions...etc...


    First off, you will be nervous, however, if you are too nervous, they will send you home and probably ask you to come back...if u are lucky enough..

    As far as any more adviec on the poly...ha...wrong place to come to bud. If you go in to a poly with advice you got from here, you will have it in your head to think about what you heard or so on here and that will make u nervous also. You need to go in there thinking you can pass and tell the truth.

    Thats all you can and should do. Asking what kinds of questions, etc. from here will get u thinking the wrong things. Just my advice...good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishlad2nv
    Do a search on here on the polygraph. You are probably the third person this week to ask these same questions...etc...


    First off, you will be nervous, however, if you are too nervous, they will send you home and probably ask you to come back...if u are lucky enough..

    As far as any more adviec on the poly...ha...wrong place to come to bud. If you go in to a poly with advice you got from here, you will have it in your head to think about what you heard or so on here and that will make u nervous also. You need to go in there thinking you can pass and tell the truth.

    Thats all you can and should do. Asking what kinds of questions, etc. from here will get u thinking the wrong things. Just my advice...good luck!
    agreed.
    i took a polygraph at the age of 18 and admitted to a ton of stuff...
    i failed that polygraph im assuming because i was such a wreck, and my polygraph examiner was a super *****. took about 7 hours out of my day lol.

    now my polygraph i just took was about 2 hours total time and about 50 min while hooked up. i answered every question he asked, and i did not volunteer information... i passed with ease, but im assuming im paying for that now during the background investigation... im may get DQed for "withholding information" seeing as they went and got my results from my polygraph 4 years ago. and its now my fault that the questions asked during my most recent polygraph examiner did not ask questions the triggered my memory to replay specific scenes from my life... some polygraph examiners will make an outstanding citizen feel like a criminal, and others dont go to those extremes.
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    Hummmm!!

    So what you should say. If for example, had you been in strip clubs? Yes. (Last time 6 years ago) Booze. YES..2 beers a week. I mean do you have to explain every single answer? Or just say YES or NO.
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    Hey Luch,
    I just took my poly about 3 weeks ago and let me tell you I have never been so nervous in my life, not because I told a lie about anything, I think because I had never had one before. I left there thinking I failed miserabely, the examiner asked me the same questions a couple times over and I thought that was a tell tale sign that I failed. Well...I passed it.
    Basically what they ask you are things pertaining to your background interview etc. Departments know that no one is perfect. They are more concerned if you are trying to be deceiving and lying to them. Of course, there are certain things that will automatically disqualify you. I am guessing that you already had your background interview, and if so then there must have been no red flags according to the things that you told them that would stop them from sending you to a poly. Remember the truth will prevail and try to relax during the test.
    By the way what depatment are you try for?

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    Gosox

    Well not yet .I have not taking any test( but I
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    what kind of questions they ask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mase2k
    what kind of questions they ask?
    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.

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    Thats all I need to know

    Excellent thank you Sir.
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    I have taken three polygraphs with different agencies and the things they seem most concerned about are drug use and theft from a workplace. Just be honest with the interviewer before your hooked up and you'll be fine. Most agencies provide a list of automatic disqualifers and as long as you don't have any of those you'll be alright. Ernesto, I wouldn't worry about going to strip clubs or 2 beers a week. That is much better than most of the people(myself included) I work with! Good luck.

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    Thank you JV!!!

    Weeeuuuff! :

    Great that is good to know.
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    I just took a poly on Wednesday. We sat for a while and went through my background questionairre that I had filled out when I applied. We discussed stuff in my background (my only real transgression was marijuana use as a teenager). After I owed up to everything, they hooked me up.

    The examiner did ask me questions repeatedly, but assured me ahead of time that it was not indicative of me doing poorly on a particular question, but was to provide him the opportunity to see how I reacted to the questions several times so he could get a better reading.

    All in all, it wasn't a bad experience. I found it somewhat amusing that I had a "strong response" to questions about my name, and to two questions regarding stuff that I have never done. The stuff I was nervous about (which I was honest about) had no problem.

    He did say I was difficult to read, and he would have to take some extra time to analyze my charts, so I should hear from him tomorrow.

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    Okay, I'll try to answer some of the questions brought up here:

    #1: What types of questions do they ask?

    It depends on the department and the examiner. Like they said above, drugs and theft seem to be popular topics. Also, it may help to know how a polygraph works (the old ones anyway, I'm not sure if the new voice analyzers work like this also). The polygraph measures "truth" by a combination of physiological responses (breathing, pulse, skin response, etc.) to the questions they ask. Since it is human nature to feel "different" when lying to somebody (specially if you are hooked up to such a machine!), then those physiological responses are automatic, kind of like shivering to warm you up. Having said that, don't be surprised if the examiner asks you some embarrasing questions, such as "have you ever had sex with an animal" or "do you ever have erotic thoughts about other men?". These questions aren't meant to catch you in a lie, the answer doesn't really matter. These are questions that will invoke the physiological responses similar to a lie, no matter if you lie or not. Think of these as comparison questions. If you have the same response to the sex with an animal question as you do to the "have you ever smoked marijuana" question, then that may be an indicator of lying. I hope that helps you out, if you want more information on how the polygraph works, ask jeeves or google works wonders.

    #2: How are the questions formatted?

    Every polygraph I've ever seen or been involved in has been "yes" and "no" questions only. Before they hook you up, you will answer a series of questions with the examiner. They may have you fill out a piece of paper where the question say's.."Have you ever smoked marijuana? If so, describe how many times and how much below". Then later when they hook you up, they'll ask.."Other than what you put on the sheet, have you ever smoked marijuana?". Then at the end of the test the final question is usually.."Have you been untruthful on any of the questions on the paper or questions asked during the test?"

    #3: Should you sweat the polygraph?

    The easy answer is no. If you filled out your personal history truthfully and are truthful during the examination, chances are excellent that you'll pass. You WILL be nervous, everybody is, just hang in there and it'll be over before you know it.

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    [QUOTE=Bravo8]I just took a poly on Wednesday. We sat for a while and went through my background questionairre that I had filled out when I applied. We discussed stuff in my background (my only real transgression was marijuana use as a teenager). After I owed up to everything, they hooked me up....

    All in all, it wasn't a bad experience. I found it somewhat amusing that I had a "strong response" to questions about my name, and to two questions regarding stuff that I have never done. The stuff I was nervous about (which I was honest about) had no problem.


    That's funny you say that...I took a poly about 2 weeks ago and the examiner also told me that my strongest response was the question about my name...I have never heard that before, this is my second poly I have ever taken...I passed by the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ind76pi


    That's funny you say that...I took a poly about 2 weeks ago and the examiner also told me that my strongest response was the question about my name...I have never heard that before, this is my second poly I have ever taken...I passed by the way.
    ignorant question: what exactly is a "strong response" ?

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    See my above post to help you understand...a strong response is when you show strong reactions to the questions via your psyiological readings. I.E. when they asked them if their name was John Doe (or whatever their name really is), they said "yes" but their pulse went up, their galvanic (sp?) skin response went up (sweat production), and their breathing changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibbmusic
    See my above post to help you understand...a strong response is when you show strong reactions to the questions via your psyiological readings. I.E. when they asked them if their name was John Doe (or whatever their name really is), they said "yes" but their pulse went up, their galvanic (sp?) skin response went up (sweat production), and their breathing changed.

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    okay, that is what I thought - but didn't know if there was more to it.. for example if "Stong" was directly linked to deception or what-not.

    thanks

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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?

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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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