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Friday, November 21, 2008

Where's the fire?

Why is everyone now complaining about the polygraph for the HRM employees? They've been using it for years and no one has complained. And then the media "scoops" it now. Well, why didn't they find out before? I am not impressed by your supposed investiga

Posted on Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 10:14 AM

Why is everyone now complaining about the polygraph for the HRM employees? They've been using it for years and no one has complained. And then the media "scoops" it now. Well, why didn't they find out before? I am not impressed by your supposed investigative skills.

Yes, the questions are embarassing, but clearly not embarassing enough. And do you know why? Because a lot of the positions in the HRM that require you pass a polygraph are pretty sweet jobs. Take the fire department. They work two 24-hour shifts a week. Most have second jobs and therefore pull in good salaries. Yes, they run into fires, but only on occasion. This is Halifax. A good portion of the guys in the department are in communities outside of the city and the most exciting call they will ever see is someone's cat in a tree. So applicants might cringe at answering questions about sex with animals, but they don't rock the boat because they just want the job.

Some people will do anything to get a secure, unionized government gig with benefits. I would say answering those questions would be a small price to pay.

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