How to prepare for your interview
So you’ve applied for vacant room in a share house property & have been invited to an interview. That’s great! Going for a house share interview can be daunting because you are meeting with a bunch of people that you don’t know yet who will decide if they want you as their new house mate. To make things a little less stressful get yourself prepared with the help of these handy.
It’s natural to want to make a great impression at an interview. But you also want to be yourself because if you are successful this will be a place for you to relax & feel at ‘home’. So get yourself into a positive mood, smile, be polite, but it’s also super important to just be yourself. No need to overdo it and dress to impress either unless you want to. Dress as you normally would if you going to the shops.
Check your social media privacy settings
Not that you have anything to hide but think about what personal pictures, posts etc are on your social media. Is your account open for everyone to see or is it set to private? You don’t want to be unfairly judged before you get to the interview so have a think about whether you want to set your privacy settings.
The interview goes both ways
This is a mutual sussing-out situation. A house share interview is equally about you assessing your prospective roommates, the house and neighbourhood. Sure it’s good to make a good impression but don’t let that be your main focus. Before the interview, make a list of what’s important to you (click here to create your property wants checklist), look around the area to sense it’s vibe, make a list of questions you want to ask your potential house mates.
Click here to download some questions you might be asked during your interview. Ask a friend, family member or support worker to ask you some of the questions so you can practice what your answers might be.
In the interview you will be asked question to try to get you know you a little better to see if you would be a good fit. The About Me form in the rental pack will help you think about what makes you a good house mate. Are you a good cook? Do you like to clean? What are your likes & dislikes, hobbies? Have a think about what would make you a good house mate that you can bring up in the interview.