Schedule your appointment at the beginning of the day or right after lunch when you are still feeling fresh and alert. Do not schedule your appointment at the end of the day or at the end of the week, when you are feeling tired.
Get a good night's sleep. Don't stay up late watching television or reading. Get up on time in the morning to give yourself plenty of time to get ready without rushing.
Eat breakfast if your appointment is in the morning. Eat lunch if your appointment is in the afternoon.
Follow your normal routine. Drink coffee if you are a coffee drinker. Take any prescribed medications. Coffee and medications will not affect the results of your polygraph test.
Plan for an exam that will take about 2 hours. This includes pre-test preparation to ensure you are comfortable with the questions asked.
Know your legal rights. An examiner should not ask questions about the following areas during an employment exam: religious beliefs, opinions regarding racial matters, political beliefs or affiliations, affiliations with or lawful activities related to unions, and sexual preference or activities.
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