How to pass a polygraph?

More and more often, commercial companies are asking for their future employees to pass a polygraph test before being hired. Since, in ordinary life, people rarely encounter such a procedure, it may seem frightening to them. We will tell you how to pass a polygraph, what you need to remember and what you need to know about this process.

How it works?

A polygraph is a device that records various vital signs that change under the influence of emotions. This could be breathing, blood pressure, heartbeat, muscle contraction, etc. In fact, it is not correct to call a polygraph a lie detector, as the device is not able to register its manifestation, it only informs the tester about your emotional outbursts.

Recommendations for the passage of the polygraph

Since the procedure is actually not quite pleasant, psychologists have prepared a number of instructions on how to pass a polygraph productively and painlessly.

  1. Be sure to get enough sleep before the procedure. Healthy sleep the day before will help you avoid excessive stress.
  2. Do not take any drugs or alcohol before the test. Various kinds of medications or even a “pacifier for sedation” can seriously affect the reliability of the results obtained. If this is not in your plans, then don't risk it!
  3. Give your consent to the test. No one has the right to force you to undergo a polygraph. This is only your voluntary decision. Your unwillingness to pass the "lie detector" can not be the reason for the refusal to take you to work (only if you do not face a trade secret).
  4. Specify the range of questions that will be asked. This will help you feel calmer during the procedure. Knowing in advance what you will be asked about, you can be sure that no one will climb into your personal or intimate life.
  5. Calm down and honestly answer the questions of a specialist. Then the result will be reliable, and you will have less reason for stress.

What does the polygraph law say?

It is very important to understand that no one can force you to undergo this procedure. The federal law defines a group of persons for whom the test for a “lie detector” is obligatory (but even they can refuse it): this is mainly due to joining the bodies or with state secret.In all other cases, to pass or not a polygraph is only your voluntary decision.

To check on a polygraph are not allowed:

  • persons under the age of 16;
  • persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • pregnant women in the second half of pregnancy;
  • persons in a state of mental or physical exhaustion, as well as having any mental disorder;
  • Persons with abnormal physical reactions that are being investigated.