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Admit to failing on certain questions in the past?
Sep 23rd, 2016 at 10:36am
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I had to take a poly for 1 gov entity, failed while telling the truth, took it again, and passed.  Now I have to take it for another gov. entity. I remember the questions that I was told I was having trouble with for the last one.  I think I'm going to get nervous just hearing those same questions again.  Should I admit to why I am getting nervous hearing those questions or is that just going to make me look even more l like I'm lying?
  
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Re: Admit to failing on certain questions in the past?
Reply #1 - Sep 23rd, 2016 at 11:27am
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It sounds like you didn't really fail the polygraph the first time, but were simply brought back for a second round. This is common practice in agencies such as the CIA and NSA.

In any event, during your next polygraph "test," you'll no doubt be asked about any prior polygraph examinations you've had. At that time, you can mention your prior polygraph experience.

It would be a mistake, however, to offer excuses for why you might not pass or might be sensitive to a certain question. Such excuse-making will be interpreted as a sign of deception.

For more on polygraph procedure and what to expect, see The Lie Behind the Lie Detector.
  

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