I will be completing my first polygraph soon and have a couple of questions for those who have been through it.
Some background: I have an active TS and am currently working as an investigator, so I am very familiar with the various forms and procedures. This poly is part of the hiring process for a potential new job. I will be doing both the lifestyle and the CT poly. I will obviously answer everything truthfully as I have nothing to hide.
Here’s what I’m wondering about regarding the lifestyle poly:
- From what I gather, the questions are based off of the SF86.
My only “issues” on the form are:
-foreign contacts (one friend from London, a great aunt in Switzerland, and a cousin in Cayman). No gov/mili affiliation.
-Marijuana use in 2016. One time. No buying or selling.
However, when I was in high school I was a regular user of marijuana. I also occasionally ecstasy. I was under 18 and it was outside of the time frame for the SF86 so I didn’t list or discuss it.
Should I expect them to ask about use before I was 18? Or frame it as “have you ever”?
Again, I plan to be totally honest. I just want to know what to expect.
- My teenage drug use was mainly inspired by a hugely traumatic event in my life when my mother nearly died. I mainly view this as mitigating/explanatory information, but I’m worried it might be interpreted as a risk that stress would cause me to use drugs. (Which is not the case at all. I was a stupid teenager back then.) Any suggestions as to whether that would be positive or negative to say, should it come up?