Have you ever been unsure about which question to ask next when interviewing flatmates? If you have, you’re not alone. It just means you understand the importance of asking the right questions, which is the key to finding the flatmate that is perfect for you.
The questions that you need to ask at your flatmate interview will depend on your own individual situation. The objective of each question is to help you decide if the person you are interviewing is the right flatmate for you.
So, which questions should you ask? As you need to ask questions that are specific to your own situation, you should start by holding your own brainstorming session. This session lets you find out what is important to you when living with a flatmate and helps you decide which information you would like to learn about potential flatmates during the interview. Once you have gathered your thoughts, you can put together a list of questions that will help you finding this information. Your questions should cover the areas of:
- Accommodation on offer
- Rent and Expenses
- Living habits
- Personality traits of flatmates
- Special rules and/or arrangements
- Past flatmate arrangements/experiences
These broad topic areas can be narrowed down into specific questions that can help you find out more about your potential flatmates. Here are some sample questions:
- Which expenses make up the rent? How often does the rent increase?
- Who is responsible for the lease?
- Have you lived with flatmates before? Why are you looking to move?
- Do you like to entertain and have friends over?
- What are your three worst habits?
- What are your preferred food and shopping habits?
- Do you smoke or drink?
- What type of flatmate are you looking for?
- Are there any special household rules?
- How much notice would you need to give before you could move in?
It’s important to put this list of questions together before your interview. Planning your questions before talking to potential flatmates lets you organize your thoughts. This will help you formulate any additional questions during the interview if you feel you aren’t getting the information you need from the questions you have prepared. To help you decide which questions you should be asking take a look at these flatmate questionnaires.
There’s no need to worry about asking the wrong questions as long as you are getting the information you need to know to make the right decision. Just follow these simple steps and you too will find out which questions to ask during your next flatmate interview.