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FBI Poly Problems
Mar 31st, 2004 at 5:17am
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Angry This is a great site!!! I wish I would've found it sooner. 

I have two questions....

1) I took the FBI Poly, was told that I failed inspite of the fact I told the complete truth.  I read on this site that the polygrapher sometimes bluffs to get a confession despite the fact that the test would indicate no deception.....I didn't confess to anything during the post interview, should I expect a DQ letter in the mail or is there still a chance I could be hired? 

2) If I am DQ'd will this affect my current applications that are pending with other federal agencies?  Has this happened to anyone and if so what were the agencies?

Any help would be appreciated

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Re: FBI Poly Problems
Reply #1 - Mar 31st, 2004 at 9:16am
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The fact that, in the context of a pre-employment polygraph, you were explicitly told that you "failed," and not that you were simply "having trouble" with one or more questions, suggests that your polygrapher was not bluffing. I expect that you will be receiving the DQ letter.

At this point, I think it would be wise to start drafting a letter of appeal disputing the polygraph results and requesting a "re-test." The FBI has become more liberal in granting re-tests, but the results seem to almost always be the same. Indeed, the Bureau's polygraphers cannot afford to be seen reversing very many polygraph decisions: to do so would confirm the unreliability of polygraph screening.

Failing the FBI polygraph can only have an adverse effect on your applications with other federal agencies, especially those that also require pre-employment polygraph screening.

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