Why Choose a Polygraph Examiner?
You might be wondering why you need to choose a polygraph examiner? Surely they all just attach you to the polygraph and ask you some questions?
It’s not that simple. An examiner is responsible for a lot more than just attaching you to the polygraph instrument and reading you the results.
Read this handy infographic with 6 simple steps for you to follow to choose the right examiner for when you are considering using a polygraph test.
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Why do you need to know about the examiners training?
If the examiner was trained at a properly accredited school it should go a long way to reassuring you that the examiner conducts a test following the correct rules, procedures and techniques.
Ask what school they went to and whether it is accredited by the American Polygraph Association.
You can then use Google to check the examiner is being truthful.
2. Certificate and I.D.
We ask you to bring a form of photo I.D. because if you’ve booked the test, we want to be testing you and not someone else that has been sent instead…!
You can also ask the examiner to bring some I.D.! You want to make sure the person you spoke to on the phone about your issues is the one who turns up.
In addition, all the accredited schools will issue a completion certificate if the examiner has passed the course – you could ask the examiner to bring that as well if you wanted?
So they went to the right school, have the right certification, now you should check memberships.
If they are a member of any of the professional polygraph associations, then you can be sure that their training has been checked, their ethics, that they have provided references to be checked.
Basically, an examiner with proper membership is a ‘good egg’. But how do you check?
Well the biggest and main polygraph association, the American Polygraph Association, has a Member Directory which you can check through.
Other UK memberships you should check are to the British Polygraph Association which also has a member directory, and the British & European Polygraph Association with another member directory.
The polygraph exam is a high effective and very accurate tool, when used in the right circumstances.
“How Accurate is the Polygraph? Explained!” gives you everything you need to know about how accurate a polygraph is!
Once you are confident that the examiner you are in contact with is properly qualified and trained then you should discuss the issue you have.
However, the polygraph cannot be used for everything and the examiner should be honest and open with you about whether the polygraph can actually help.
They should ask you questions about the issue but also questions about a persons capability or eligibility to take a test.
If an examiner books a test without asking you questions, it should raise some alarm bells.
5. Proper & Ethical
This ties in with number 4 about asking you questions.
We follow strict ethical guidelines which can be found on the APA website here. We also assess whether or not a person is healthy enough to take a test.
An examiner should uphold proper polygraph ethical values. If they do not and go ahead with a test that should not take place, questions should be raised.
6. Trust Your Instinct
Probably the most important point.
At this point you should be confident that the examiner is properly trained and will conduct a proper and ethical test.
However, the use of polygraph in any situation usually means the situation is stressful, whether thats for individual or businesses.
If you don’t trust the examiner or have a funny feeling, stop! There are other examiners out there and don’t be afraid to ring around.
Choose a polygraph examiner wisely!