Pre-Employment Polygraph Test
Even with the most sophisticated screening processes in place, hiring new employees is always somewhat of a risk. While everyone wants to believe the best in people, it is not always wise to do so, especially in an employment situation. You never know who may be deceptive enough to steal or participate in other, similar criminal activity. By having a lie detector test administered as part of the application process, you can be sure that you only offer positions to trustworthy individuals. In America pre-employment polygraph tests are run by most of the large agencies, the FBI, NYPD, Chicago PD to name but a few. Whilst the agencies aren’t looking for perfect people the polygraph results help to form a more rounded view of the candidate.
How Do Polygraph Tests Work?
When a person lies, there is a noticeable physical response. A tell-tale sign is an increased heart rate, accompanied by perspiration. Polygraph tests are designed to detect these changes in physiology. They start out with baseline questions, or questions to which the answers are known to be true. After these baseline measurements have been taken, the administrator moves on to the key questions. If there is a spike or a peak, the person is likely lying.
When Should They Be Used?
You should avoid using polygraph tests too early in the recruitment process. Having each one of the applicants go through the test could be incredibly time consuming. Instead, focus on other factors that can help you narrow down your applicant pool first. Some experts believe that lie detector tests should be administered after you have made the decision to hire someone but before offering them the job. If they pass the test, you can then bring them on board. If they fail, you can move on to the next best applicant.
There are a few industries in which lie detector tests can be especially useful. These include childcare, working with vulnerable people, manufacturing or working with controlled substances, working with sensitive information, and being occupied in finances.
Conducting a pre-employment polygraph test is the ideal way to ensure that all staff members you bring on board are honest and trustworthy. Don’t put your organization’s success, profits margin, or reputation at risk by hiring just anyone; be sure that you only offer the job to those who are most trustworthy.
Lie Detectors UK have been running pre-employment tests here in the UK for over five years for mainly corporate clients and private clients who are looking to hire someone in a position of trust, for example a nanny. Get in contact today and discuss your case with an examiner.