By Ross Watts, Marketing —
Does lie detection infringe too much on job applicants’ rights? Many employers wish they could put applicants to the test determining if they’ve ever been involved in criminal activity such as drugs, sexual crimes, theft, etc. With some companies, asking such in-depth questions might breach the comfort zones of applicants, but for law enforcement agencies, these types of questions are vital during the hiring process.
Lie Detector Discovers a Criminal
Albeit uncomfortable, in the instance of a pre-employment screening administered to applicants who desire to join the state highway patrol force, it proved to be a useful and necessary assessment. A man from Pennsylvania, during a lie-detection test, admitted to having sex with a minor on multiple occasions over an extended period of time. This confession obviously disqualified him from becoming a state trooper. Joseph Adam White, the man convicted of the sexual crimes, not only was accused of a solo event but of 14 different charges.
Many sexual predators are offending under the radar, oftentimes never being caught. Reports of such offenses like those committed by White are a daily occurrence. If it weren’t for the pre-employment lie detection test required to join law enforcement, White might not have ever been caught. Think of the hundreds of thousands of crimes committed where the guilty were never discovered and charged. Lie detection tests can assist in this process of catching the offenders.
Polygraph versus EyeDetect
In this story, a polygraph test was used during the screening. In order to administer polygraph tests, a polygraph examiner, a fee, and several hours are needed. Hiring polygraph examiners can be expensive as well as time consuming. The cost for a single test can range from $300–$900. Not only do the examiners conduct the tests for about 2.5 hours, but then they examine the results. The time consumption and high cost lead to fewer tests being administered per day, therefore fewer agencies are requiring lie detection tests during the hiring process. It takes too long to screen all applicants and the cost can be far beyond budget. With EyeDetect, an office worker can administer the lie detection test, it requires 30 minutes, and the results are available 5 minutes after taking the test. And the tests cost less than a polygraph test. With EyeDetect, more offenders could be caught and charged making America safer.
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