Polygraph testing for your job

If one local entrepreneur has his way, instead of employers doing only background checks on potential employees in Barbados, they would also let prospective workers do a lie detector test before getting the job.

Richard Blunte Sr is the owner of Reciso Services Inc., an online-based company offering polygraph testing.

Richard Blunte Sr


“You still have to do background checks, but it is used in terms of people lying about their resumé, and it is also used for drug testing,” Blunte said, adding that some people would lie about not using drugs in order to get certain jobs.

It was after his wife became very ill in 2010 that Blunte decided to leave the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), where he had spent 15 years, so he could better care for her. She passed away in March of last year.

Blunte took up a job in the private sector and almost immediately afterwards wished to have his own business; but he wanted to do something he believed could bring added value to various sectors.

So last year Blunte, 40, came up with the idea of offering polygraph testing.

“I was going to do my Master’s in security management. That was another four years of studying and I was like, ‘I don’t want to do that’,” he divulged.

It was on watching a polygraph system demonstration on television one night, and doing some research afterwards, that he decided this was the way he wanted to go.

And, without hesitation, Blunte got in touch with an instructor at the Academy of Polygraph Science in Fort Myers, Florida, United States.

On his return from studies in November last year, the Eden Lodge, St Michael resident offered the service to three employers. He said the responses had been favourable.

Currently, Blunte is in negotiations with at least two other companies, and is also seeking to work with a number of lawyers.

Individuals to be tested are asked to sign a consent form; they are given instructions and then hooked up to the machine and then given a short test where there is the initial monitoring of the body, including heart rate. The individual is then asked the questions, after which Blunte would do his reading and score.

That, he said, would be followed by a post-test if the individual failed, or a retesting could be done if he was unclear during the process. The entire process is also recorded on video.

“It detects lies. It is to find out the truth you would say,” Blunte told Barbados TODAY

He said while the service was popular in the United States, he believed it was a matter of time before it was widely accepted in Barbados.

“Polygraph in the private sector is becoming important, especially in the US, because instead of background checks, we do what you call a pre-employment screening. We would ask you questions, such as ‘Have you ever lied on your application or about any credentials you have?’,” he said.

Blunte said the service was also useful in companies “in terms of internal theft and breaches of confidentiality”.

“It could also be used in terms of fidelity testing to find out if a husband or wife was cheating. You can use it also in sexual accusations,” he added, pointing out that it was usually at least 92 per cent accurate.

“It is a new service to Barbados outside of the Police Force’s criminal aspect. For the private individual, it is a new service I am now trying to get out there,” he said.

Blunte, who believes it is a service ready to take off in Barbados, pointed out that it was useful in a range of industries, especially banking, and in sports.

“So it is also used not only to find lies, but to also find truth,” he added.

The entrepreneur explained that while some may see it as an invasion of privacy, anyone asked to do the test would have to first consent to it.

“And the employer . . . is who sets the questions for me to ask . . . because he would know the issue,” he explained.

“I also, as the examiner, have to sign for the confidentiality. Any breaches of that, you could sue me,” Blunte added.

The father of four said he did not foresee any challenges, except to “get people to understand it and accept it”.

His hope is that the computerized polygraph system would “become another tool for employment and getting the truth from persons”, since not everyone wanted police involvement in their business when an employer was believed to be in breach of a company rule.

“With [the polygraph] you could deal with the matter in-house,” he explained.

Blunte, who is due to return to the United States in March this year to do additional studies, said his hope was also to work with the Child Care Board to help solve cases of child abuse using polygraph testing.


45 Responses to Polygraph testing for your job

  1. Terry Phillips
    Terry Phillips February 10, 2016 at 8:41 am

    First place it should be used is where the most liars thieves addicts abuser and all round criminals are …RBPF

  2. David Lemuel Piggottt February 10, 2016 at 8:44 am

    We could also use this in Parliament and get Politicians declare assets, and start up integrity legislation.

  3. Stanton Peace
    Stanton Peace February 10, 2016 at 8:56 am

    is this for a job or a murder investigation,foolishness. Any one can have a past we all do,so why do you want to penalise persons for that,not even JESUS does that he says,go and sin no more.

    • Jema Goodluck
      Jema Goodluck February 10, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Amen to that. We must learn to forgive others

  4. Ike Turner
    Ike Turner February 10, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Use that in the police force

  5. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria February 10, 2016 at 9:21 am

    he did really want he face in the paper….

  6. Anon Bajan February 10, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Why not save money on computer equipment and use chicken bones instead? The polygraph test is pseudo-scientific nonsense. I wonder whether Mr. Blunte somehow doesn’t know this, or if he does know it and is willing to peddle deception that destroys lives for profit. Please see https://antipolygraph.org to learn more about why nobody should trust this foolishness, and how you can produce any result you like on a polygraph machine.

  7. Kingdom Hearts
    Kingdom Hearts February 10, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Why is this man trying to convince people to follow in the ways of America ? Fine another way to promote your business other than to subject black people to this bull shit . It’s hard enough to get a dam job already . Like someone said , use it in the courts and the police force and further more if you’ve done your home work many judicial systems no longer use these , it’s been proven that they can be beaten and often don’t work. Then again many of the things that no longer work in America often find their way in the Caribbean any how .

  8. Marlon Ellis
    Marlon Ellis February 10, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Like if getting a job in bim aint hard enough already… I does where these retarded concepts does really cum frm tho? Stupse ridiculous dread

  9. Shaunie Nurse
    Shaunie Nurse February 10, 2016 at 9:34 am

    So can we do the reverse? Can we test the immediate supervisor?

  10. Empresz Jana
    Empresz Jana February 10, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Y de fck ya don’t use it on the politicians, the police & the employers who is unfair workers wud tell thm in an interview thy pay is 300 thn whn thy strt wrk 200 thn tll thm afta 3 mnths probation nis wud be taking out an it’s a yr & still hasn’t taken out. Do it on the lay bck nurses & thing at qeh tht doing poor service . Doing on a frigging self also see y ya so damn stupid

  11. Prince Trémaine
    Prince Trémaine February 10, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I love how this country complains that we are adopting American practices when it comes to progressive views, however they embrace this backwards bullshit with open arms.

    Employers, if you are going to utilise this folly, please make it known before I apply as I have no intentions of consenting to such.

  12. Prince Trémaine
    Prince Trémaine February 10, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Bajans are gullible and would believe that they are actually useful. Guess he will be able to exploit the fools.

    Maybe I should conduct a few classes on how to beat a polygraph.

  13. Sue Rose
    Sue Rose February 10, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I wonder if he have the perfect past, what wrong with people all a sudden people have to be perfect to get a job. stupse and you know who pass this lie detector test the real psychos

  14. Mhizz Joan Moore
    Mhizz Joan Moore February 10, 2016 at 9:53 am

    freaking idiot, everybody lies at some point or another

  15. Jema Goodluck
    Jema Goodluck February 10, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Drink some cold medicine, and you will beat the polygraph test 🙂

  16. Jema Goodluck
    Jema Goodluck February 10, 2016 at 10:01 am

    The man trying to put money in his pocket.

  17. Dario K Alleyne
    Dario K Alleyne February 10, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Lolol stupse we int feeling u on this 1 at all

  18. Ann Annie Bowen
    Ann Annie Bowen February 10, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I would hate to work in a company that treats it employees as criminals. I dont think much ppl would want to work for you sir.

  19. Fay Ann
    Fay Ann February 10, 2016 at 10:38 am

    …those aren’t even accurate…

  20. Sue Rose
    Sue Rose February 10, 2016 at 10:53 am

    it cannot stand up in court so wht use is it, the man advertising his business

  21. Mark Boyce
    Mark Boyce February 10, 2016 at 11:06 am

    I does laugh at some of y’all. Any employer has the right to use any means they deem fit to select the best person or or persons for their business or organization. This isn’t about penalizing persons, some jobs require VETTING of the persons seeking employment in certain areas. Btw, for some jobs overseas or for some overseas agencies with offices here…its standard….so rather than saying Barbados is backward it is a rather progressive step that may be long overdue…..if half of u were in positions where u were qualified for certain jobs and applied for said jobs and wanted the job you would still go through the process because that is what is REQUIRED. Stop jumping on a bandwagon of ignorance because its comfortable for some of y’all …..please.

    • Ryan Williams
      Ryan Williams February 10, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Why is this good? A polygraph test is not 100% accurate. They believe lying makes your heart rate increase…..thus causing the polygraph to spike……many people can tell lies calmly….Also, nervousness can also give a fake reading……I think this is silly and he should have asked himself why polygraphs are not used on suspects daily…..they are not accurate.

    • Ryan Williams
      Ryan Williams February 10, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      There is a reason why the police do not use these daily.

      They are easy to be beaten…..as if the only way your heart beat rises is when u lie? NAH

    • Himmel Klar
      Himmel Klar February 10, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Lie detectors are not without its flaws therefore there is a reason why they are not admitted in Courts of laws. Being nervous can make it appear as though someone is being deceptive. Besides there are ways to beat detection Sir.

  22. Rohan Wharton
    Rohan Wharton February 10, 2016 at 11:40 am

    You people make me sick….but none of ya all will put your hand up to say you did this or that! Get a life and leave the man alone

    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria February 10, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      poor you, if you allow the comments of strangers to affect your disposition….

    • Rohan Wharton
      Rohan Wharton February 10, 2016 at 12:40 pm


    • Ryan Williams
      Ryan Williams February 10, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Who is troubling the man? Lie detectors don’t work…..they are 30% accurate….He will lose more great workers than he does weed out bad ones….This is why the police don’t use them 24/7.

      This is a stupid article from that point of view.

  23. Anthony Michael Hinds
    Anthony Michael Hinds February 10, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    should use this for/on gvmt ministers also.

  24. Juanita Blanco
    Juanita Blanco February 10, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Ok, no problem, but include ALL politicians too!

  25. Tom Cabrinie
    Tom Cabrinie February 10, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Times are so hard & the last thing people want is someone hindering their chances of landing a job . With this Zika virus going around it would be better if he was selling Vape Mats. I am sure he would get sales.

  26. Ryan Williams
    Ryan Williams February 10, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Why is this good? A polygraph test is not 100% accurate. They believe lying makes your heart rate increase…..thus causing the polygraph to spike……many people can tell lies calmly….Also, nervousness can also give a fake reading……I think this is silly and he should have asked himself why polygraphs are not used on suspects daily…..they are not accurate.

    He has the right to use what he sees fit but, he will cheat himself out of great employees.

  27. Ryan Williams
    Ryan Williams February 10, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    In my opinion, this is a silly article…..i hope he gets his polygraph and not one interview………stupseeeee

  28. jrsmith February 10, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    If this guy was from the other side , nothing would be said, but he is a black bajan and that’s sad, how we hate our own , no matter what. This is very good , would help our police..

    • rof February 10, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      No he would have been cussed royal and called a racist who still wants to keep black people down.

      It’s a terrible idea.

  29. Maksim February 10, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Good start. I wish you to be lucky.

  30. Mhizz Sharika
    Mhizz Sharika February 10, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Full of BS

  31. Bobby Gilkes
    Bobby Gilkes February 10, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Note what he said if he had his seeing that he is the only person with this service he would be a rich man in no time dont blame for being smart lol

  32. Shelly Ross
    Shelly Ross February 10, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I hope you have a good test in place for teachers and principals

  33. Himmel Klar
    Himmel Klar February 10, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    I hope he loses his business. I am sure he lie on a daily basis. If the politicians pass any law like that they should all be required to take one…lets see who will be left as an MP.

  34. john jickum February 11, 2016 at 12:57 am

    Instead of dat damn stupid computer and dem gadgets ,man get yuhself a damn weed whacker and earn a decent and honest living do !

  35. romeo February 11, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    It’s a waste of time. Lie detector test do not determine if you are lying or not. It just measures your nerve response . Which a polygraph can be easily be fool. Mankind hasn’t event a machine yet, with a 100% accuracy determines a truth or lie.

  36. Bernard Clyde February 13, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    It’s unfortunate that so many people may feel the need to lie about their personal lives to get a job. I can see the benefits of using a polygraph to ensure more honesty in the hiring process. At the very least, they can help verify those who are telling the truth.


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