HOW TO CONDUCT A ROOMMATE INTERVIEW

Monday, September 17, 2018

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Places4Students.com recently partnered with Compatibility, a company providing Roommates Connect, which is a research-based method for roommate exploration and matching. This aids landlords in finding a suitable pair or group of students to fill their rental. Compatibility works under the philosophy that compatible living relationships are based upon unique areas of both similarities and differences.

 

However, if a student isn’t able to use a complex algorithms matching tool such as Roommates Connect, then a detailed roommate interview is recommended. Seemingly insignificant habits or behaviours can sometimes ruin a roommate relationship, so it’s best to get as much information about the potential tenant ahead of time, before moving in together.

 

Here are some suggestions on how to conduct a successful roommate interview.

 

  1. Choose the right venue.

The best place to meet with a potential roommate would be in a public place in close proximity, such as a coffee shop where you would feel comfortable to talk. It also makes it less awkward to end the meeting, if the two of you don’t click.

 

  1. Prepare a list of questions to ask.

There are tons of questions you can find online for roommate screening. Pick the ones that are of most interest to you and then note your own answers. These questions can cover a variety of topics that could become controversial, such as:

 

  • social life
  • sports schedules and activities
  • cleaning and dishes
  • daily routines
  • work or study hours
  • guest visits
  • dietary concerns
  • grocery shopping and cooking
  • sleeping schedules
  • allergies
  • pets
  • tv and music preferences
  • shared bathroom schedules
  • smoking cigarettes
  • privacy
  • rent and bill payments

 

  1. First impressions are key.

As always, first impressions are key and very important. A roommate interview is like a date – it should be conducted in an informal and conversational manner. Dress for the occasion, be yourself and always be honest. Keep it light and enjoy the process as much as you can.

 

Break the ice by talking about any major events at school or both of your fields of study. Then go from there and begin to ask questions from the prepared list.

 

  1. Think it through and trust your gut.

During the discussion, you may discover minor conflicts in your schedules or disagreements on some small issues. Don’t jump to a negative conclusion yet. Talk more and ask how the potential roommate would deal with situations that are important to you. It’s impossible to predict what’s going to happen in the future, but knowing the potential roommate’s attitude towards issues and past behaviors can greatly help to narrow down the candidates.

 

The perfect roommate is not always about having things in common, but rather a willingness to accommodate each other and make things work. If you end up having a strong feeling that the two of you are not compatible, it’s best to speak up, shake hands and move on to the next applicant.

 

  1. Follow-up and make a decision.

Once the roommate interviews have been completed, follow-up with a thank you text or email. After the decision has been made and a roommate chosen, don’t forget to notify the unsuccessful candidates. These people could potentially become a new friend or help to expand your social circle.

 

Sharing your living space with a complete stranger is not easy – it usually takes more than just common interests for students to live in harmony under the same roof.  It all starts with getting to know the other person and finding the right fit. Everything else will be built upon this!

 

SEE ALSO:

Choosing a New Roommate – What to Look For

Getting to Know Your Roommate – Before Meeting Them



The Places4Students.com Team