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HockeyRu
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PostSubject: Did I screw myself up during screening?   Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:49 am

I had screening earlier this week and we actually had to do written screening because not enough detectives were on site to perform oral screening interviews. Anyways, I have never done drugs and have no tickets and no criminal history. One thing that freaked me out is the fact that departments talk to each other and inform each other of applicants applying at various departments; what scared me is that if you lie at one department you might not get considered at another. Anyways, it came down to the fact that I indicated that I used inhalers last month. I don't even use drugs, but I was mowing the lawn last month and I knew that people get high off of crap like gasoline, glue, nitrous oxide, etc. because I was watching the show Intervention and I was curious about that stuff so I took a whiff of it. I didnt even huff it, I just smelled it and it smelled like crap and never tried it again. I mean who the heck hasn't smelled gasoline in their life? So do you think that I did the right thing that I disclosed that information or did I just shoot myself in the foot by saying this? Do you think I'll be able to make it to polygraph? If I get a chance to explain this, I dont think I'll have a problem.
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PostSubject: Re: Did I screw myself up during screening?   Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:43 pm

If you only smelled or "took a whiff of" it, then you shouldn't have indicated that you have used inhalants.
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HockeyRu
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PostSubject: Re: Did I screw myself up during screening?   Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:05 pm

Yeah, I actually found out that I shot myself in the foot on that one. I spoke to a sergeant who is helping me out with this process and he said he is going to contact the hiring department or whatever. I hope everything goes well.
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HockeyRu
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PostSubject: Re: Did I screw myself up during screening?   Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:13 pm

Do you think it's possible for me to call the hiring department and tell them that I screwed up on the screening part of the process? Like I said, it was done on paper with little guidence from the hiring staff and I put the use of inhalants on there which I never used in my life. I wish I could fix this as this could prevent me from getting considered by other departments.
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Jenn
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PostSubject: Re: Did I screw myself up during screening?   Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:21 pm

It's possible, and it might not be a bad idea. Although they might think to themselves something like "I've heard that one before".
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HockeyRu
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PostSubject: Re: Did I screw myself up during screening?   Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:21 am

It shouldn't be a problem. I contacted the Sergeant who has been very helpful to me and he said that he'll take care of it. He also mentioned to me that when applying to other department, I would have to just explain what happened and it should be all good.

My question is, do most department have screening interview or do some do screening on paper or what?
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Eric
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PostSubject: Re: Did I screw myself up during screening?   Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:43 pm

Most police departments would do some sort of screening interview before they start a background investigation on you.
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HockeyRu
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PostSubject: Re: Did I screw myself up during screening?   Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:56 pm

I know they do screening, but is most of a time on paper or oral?
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Eric
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PostSubject: Re: Did I screw myself up during screening?   Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:42 am

Both.
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