- Have you even stolen more than ($ ) in
moneys in any one year from any of your
- Have you ever used a system to cheat
one of your employers?
- Have you ever had your drivers license
suspended or revoked?
- Have you ever had any traffic citations
in the past five ( ) years?
- Have you deliberately lied to any of
Values, such as age and number of years
is determined by the specific department.
The method used by John E. Reid &
Associates employs four standard
relevant questions: In the last five years
did you steal any merchandise from
previous employers? In the last five years
did you steal any money from previous
employers? In the last ten years did you
take part in or commit any serious crime?
Did you falsify any information on your
application? These standard questions
may be modified depending on
admissions made during the pretest
(e.g., a revision may be, In the last five
years did you steal any merchandise
other than minor office supplies?).
In addition to the standard questions a
fifth relevant question (e.g., concerning
the illegal purchase or sale of
merchandise; use of narcotics) may be
added. The Reid firm also uses what it
regards as control questions in
pre-employment interviews. Control
questions include, Did you ever steal
anything in your life? and Did you lie to
any of the questions you answered
during the application process for this
job? It is not clear, however, how the
Reid pre-employment control questions
differ from the relevant questions. It
seems reasonable to suppose that both
truthful and non-truthful subjects (in
terms of the relevant questions) may be
just as concerned with the subject
matter of the control questions as they
are with the relevant questions. It is also
not clear why employers would be less
concerned with the control than with the
Remember, the police polygraph is only a
tool used by law enforcement agencies to
gather background information on the
candidate. Though it is seen as a form of
intimidation, there are proven techniques
and strategies that should be employed
to ensure you pass the polygraph.
|Police Polygraph Questions
Police polygraph examinations fall under
the guidelines for employment
interviewing of title VII of the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission, so
examiners are obliged to conduct the
examinations in a way that would not
discriminate on the basis of sex, race,
etc. One central principle of ethical
standards is that relevant questions be
related to the job applied for.
Here are typical questions asked on the
police polygraph exam:
- Did you tell the complete truth on your
- Have you deliberately withheld
information from your job application?
- Have you ever been fired from a job?
- Since the age of ( ) have you
committed an undetected crime?
- Since the age of ( ) have you been
convicted of a crime?
- During the past year, have you used
marijuana more than ( ) per ( )?
- Have you used any other narcotic
illegally in the past ( ) years?
- Have you sold marijuana or other
narcotics illegally in the past ( ) years?
- Have you ever stolen more than ($ )
worth of merchandise in any one year
from any of your employers?
|Sergeant George Godoy (Ret.) is a 22
year police veteran. During his police
career, Sergeant Godoy served for 5
years as a police recruitment specialist
where he personally tested over 1,000
potential police recruits.
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