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(Another) Poly question...

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by MeefZah, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. MeefZah

    MeefZah Cover is Code 3

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    Is anyone familiar with a pre-employment polygraph test that:


    * is conducted without any "control questions" (e.g. "lie on this answer so we can get a baseline") but just jumps right into the pertinent questions

    * involves THREE (not two) tests of the same questions

    * does not involve any kind of follow up questions... as in, when that third test / last question is asked, that's it. It's over. No interview to clarify any answers that the examiner thinks were deceitful

    ?

    I had one today, and it's a funny story which I will elaborate more on later, but right now I'm still scratching my head over the unusualness of this test. I've taken 3 other polys (granted most recent was 11 years ago) and they were nothing like this; and from the reports I've seen here and while looking up poly testing online I can't find any description of this sort of test. The lack of baseline questions is the really wierd part, to me...

    :dunno:
     
  2. Cochese

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  3. MeefZah

    MeefZah Cover is Code 3

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    Nah man, they don't ask the beastiality questions any more.
     
  4. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo Lifetime Newb

    They sure did on mine back in May. LOL :supergrin:
     
  5. CAcop

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    With a screen name like yours they had to make sure you weren't "that guy."
     
  6. KiloBravo

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    :rofl: great point! And not one I had considered. Lol

    To be honest, it was tough holding back a smile when asked about my "no" response to that question. I don't even want to think about some of the weird sickos that apply for such a career. Lol
     
  7. Cochese

    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

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    Hmmm. I coulda sworn that guy was legit. He even had a lab coat on. Oh well.
     
  8. msu_grad_121

    msu_grad_121 BOOSH

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    Is that like the old "So the guy checks my prostate and then says the doctor would be right in" joke?
     
  9. trifecta

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    I don't recall being given a "lie" baseline question. I think it was just "true" baseline questions like name or something. It's been a few years, though.
     
  10. FiremanMike

    FiremanMike Way too busy

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    I've only ever taken CVSA exams, and they required a "lie" for a baseline..
     
  11. steveksux

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    Maybe you answered the preliminary questionnaire more like Cochese... :rofl:

    Randy
     
  12. KiloBravo

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    I plead the 5th! :whistling: :supergrin:

    (And yes, I answered no to that question on both the initial screening packet and the actual test itself.)
     
  13. collim1

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    Yeah, I can...My poly did not involve any screening questions, and involved the same 5 questions asked in about 60 different ways.

    I am mega claustrophobic so the needles didn't settle for ten minutes after being hooked up.

    The poly operator recommended that I not be hired because it was his opinion that I had showed deception when questioned about making terroristic threats to the US gov't!

    I have ZERO faith in this so called "science" of polygraph. It was the worst hour of my life, seriously.
     
  14. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo Lifetime Newb

    My opinion is that they are designed to scare the dishonest people into telling the truth and spill their guts before they even get hooked up to take the test. There might be some sort of technical way they work, but I think it is one big scare tactic.
     
  15. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

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    I agree!

    They are total junk. I can read body language well and am USUALLY correct when I think someone is lying to me. However polys are junk, and the operators have real need to justify their existence...and pay.
     
  16. RetailNinja

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    Truth here.
     
  17. ChinaCave

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    Not in LE -

    Have a friend who sat in or administrated Poly tests in the southwest many years ago.

    He told a tale of one gent who when asked the bestiality question replied "yes, with a dog." When the eyebrows across the table quickly rose, he followed with "but it was a female dog, nothing kinky!"
     
  18. steveksux

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    Always remember: WATCH THEIR HANDS!

    Or in this case, watch their hand. If you see both hands you're in a lot more trouble than you bargained for :wow::rofl:

    Randy