Originally posted by Daughter2
I have wondered exactly HOW they determine a person can be trusted or the type of person who would be at risk?
I would think this would be more important than being a loner. The person feeling happy wouldn't be a concern to them more than their ability or
desire to keep silent.
Lie detectors are more after the fact, how do they prevent any type of secret from being disclosed?
Well, from my end of the process, it seems to be a multi-faceted sort of thing.
One facet is that they look for you to either lie or be deceptive or incomplete in your answers to really personal questions. One reason is that they
want to make sure you'll tell them if something twitchy comes up - if you're willing to share nasties up front, you are less likely to be
blackmailable in the back.
Another is what you tell them and what they find out from your friends should pretty much match up, and the story it had better tell is one of
basically pretty good character, decent judgment, sort of a knight sans peur et sans reproche. If you're too goody two-shoes it might be less ok than
if you're semi-human, but what they do NOT want to see is that you have a habit of getting drunk and getting into trouble (drinking some is ok,
fighting in bars you can get away with slightly if you're in service, not at all as a civvy). You cannot have a track record of using drugs, EVAR,
unless you're a Master of the Universe, in which case you have to swear off.
They're looking for a pattern of responsible behavior, and when you weren't, it couldn't get too far out of hand. You probably ought to have no
record with the cops whatsoever, past a few speeding tickets. You can't have an OTH discharge or worse. Truthfully, you pretty much can't have a
general discharge, either. If you were in service they'll go through your service records as well. A pattern of bad decisions is bad.
You can't be an obvious fruit cake - no psych counseling, and I'd have to assume if you are scoffing down the anti-depressants or whatnot it'll
probably be a derog.
You can't be whack with the money. You have to pay your bills on time, and you have to be able to account for all the money you get and spend. If you
have weird unsourceable income or mysterious regular withdrawals of large amounts of cash you can't account for, you can forget it. If you have a
gambling habit, that's a derog. If you have gone bankrupt and you don't have a good reason why (buyin' the bling ain't it), that's a big derog.
You could go bankrupt following a valiant attempt to repay after your wife's cancer surgery and you'd probably get away with it. Not so much if you
bought one too many sports cars.
Then you have to pass the psych eval. There are indices they look at to see if you are a good bet. One thing to watch for is that the tests they use
can detect an attempt to answer deceptively. Being honest on the psych test is a biggie. Some MOSs in the Army will give you the psych test, send you
on a 12 mile, then run the test again to see if you answer differently tired. Or wake you at 2AM and give it to you again half asleep. They don't do
that so much for the civvies. Other indexes that are important are grandiosity and narcissism, and the ones for anti-social behavior and borderline
personality. There are patterns of indices that they look for that tell them you won't keep your mouth shut in certain circumstances.
Then for some positions, there's the poly. You can get a poly up front in your eval, as well as during employment if they think you should do it.
What they're looking for is a lot of the same things they asked in your background info, to see if you act nervous when they ask if you have ever
used drugs, or been to a shrink or whatnot. Just in case they missed it on the background check.
A new thing I've heard them do is ask for your web aliases, so they can google up what you post about.
What else...you can't have anorexia or bulemia. (NOT my problem). It is generally a derog to have dual citizenship, but some people get away with it,
I was eyeballing taking a dual Australian one once but was discreetly informed not to. Your sponsor can impose a continuous evaluation restriction on
you - like our three drink a night in public limit.
If you were posting "Attaboy!" for that tard that intercepted the diplomatic communiques for wikileaks, that's likely a derog. If you have a
foreign family member and they're not "approvable" that's a derog. My wife has a dual British citizenship, that's ok. Dual Yemeni, probably not.
Membership in the Little Oktobrists or Young Pioneers because your Berkeley parents thought it woudl be cute would be bad. You might not want to
answer the interviewer in Russian unless you're interviewing for a translation position.
There's a ton of other little things you'd rather not do, can't think of them at the moment.