Every day we hear news of many data leaks, and cyber crimes, the main conspirators of which are employees of companies. This has created a lot of fuss in the corporate sector.
Employers are very careful while hiring employees for their company and try to adopt all kinds of security measures. Most employers take the help of pre-employment checks.
Pre-employment checks are a process in which the information provided by the candidate in the CV is verified. Various aspects related to the candidate’s personal and professional life are checked so that the right decision can be taken.
Many candidates lie in their CVs and provide false information about their qualifications and work experience. In such cases, employers sometimes use lie detectors in pre-employment checks to detect truth and lies.
Today’s blog topic is also related to whether a lie detector is good for pre-employment checks or not. So we should first know
What does a lie detector mean?
A lie detector test is a device that measures physical changes that occur when an employer asks a question to a candidate. It is also called the Polygraphs test, it measures physical arousal factors such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, perspiration, and skin conductivity.
When it comes to the question of whether the lie detector test is good during employment screening or not, then everyone has different opinions.
The lie detector test is not required for every job. This is specifically required for the following fields.
- Security companies
- Government agencies
- Police departments
- Military branches
- Pharmaceutical companies
All these jobs require a lie detector test. Apart from this, if the employer wants to conduct this test for any other job then he has to keep in mind the requirements of EPPA.
The employer has to give a proper and valid reason why he wants to perform the lie detector test.
Benefits of Lie detector Test
Through a Lie detector test, you can get an honest report which contains all the information related to your possible candidate. With which you can make an informed hiring decision.
With this test, the employer does not need to do any other reference or background checks, so it saves the hiring team a lot of time.
This test is an affordable alternative to other pre-employment checks. Because the employer has to use different screening methods to collect different information which is both costly and time-consuming. But the lie detector test is a one-stop shop, with the help of which you can get all kinds of information.
Thus the lie detector test is a good tool for pre-employment checks but employers must keep in mind whether this test is legally authorized for open jobs. Apart from this, taking legal and the candidate’s permission is very important to avoid any legal action.
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