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Interview Questions to Understand a Candidate’s Family Lived Experience

As Family-Run Organizations (FROs) hire family peers, they want to know that their potential new employee has the lived experience necessary to effectively support families of loved ones with mental health and/or substance use challenges. Please note that employers of family peers are permitted to ask questions about a potential employee’s personal life experiences because they are “bona fide occupational qualifications” necessary to perform the job duties of family peer support.

Asking questions during interviews like the ones below can illuminate individuals’ family lived experience.


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