How to prepare for a polygraph test

Facing a polygraph test is much easier when you are sufficiently prepared for it and have an understanding of the process, which will be made clear by a polygraph specialist, who will make you feel more comfortable about the test.

Here are a few helpful tips to assist you in preparing for a polygraph test

Ask your own questions about the process involved in the test

In the initial interview with the polygraph specialist, you’ll be able to ask your own questions about the test, so that you can understand how the equipment works, and exactly what it measures once you’re hooked up to it.

You’ll be asked a few questions to get a baseline, a few of which may be ones you are requested to lie about in order to measure physiological changes such as your blood pressure, perspiration and heart rate.

Enquire about which test form will be used

When you are given questions for the test, ask about which polygraph test form will be used, as there are different tests, such as the Control Quest Test, is the most common form used, or the Directed Lie Test and Guilty Knowledge Test form which are also sometimes used.

Here are the basics of what the different tests mean

A Control Quality Test has control questions mixed into the questions. These are yes/no questions.

A Direct Lie Test requires you to directly lie when answering these questions, which is also a way of determining a baseline for the real test.

A Guilty Knowledge Test includes multiple choice questions on a variety of facts which only you and the examiner know about.

Request to see the questions to be asked

You have every right to refuse to take a polygraph test, which may not bode well for you, depending on the circumstances, and, you would have to give written consent to accede to taking the test.

If you have given written consent, you will have the advantage of being able to go through the questions to be asked in the test, which allows you to gain a clearer understanding of the kind of questions you’ll be answering.

Be sure to disclose pre-existing medical conditions that may affect the test results

It’s important that you disclose any pre-existing medical conditions such as high blood pressure and what medication you’re on to control it, to the examiner. This will then be taken into account in terms of the outcome of the test.

Today, it’s becoming the norm for businesses to include pre-employment polygraph tests to ensure that you are who you say you are, that you do have the qualifications you say you have and that your references are genuine.

It is absolutely normal for you to feel somewhat overwhelmed and nervous about taking a polygraph test even though you know you are being 100% honest, just remember that you’ll be in the good hands of seasoned, highly trained professionals who know well how to read more than just what a polygraph test can show!

If you’re looking for a polygraph testing professional to assist you in getting to the truth, contact King Investigators in South Africa to be absolutely sure that you’ll be dealing with licensed private investigators able to tackle a full range of investigative services, as pure professionals!

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