Finding the Right Roommate: What to Look for
Choosing a roommate doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In fact, the interview process can actually be a very enlightening experience if you do it right. This article will look at ways to interview a potential roommate and how to find someone these can actually live with!
Take a Personality Inventory
You may not realize it, but your experiences and social lifestyle may be completely new and novel to someone else. It’s a good idea to take your own personality inventory and make a list of the things that you enjoy, as well as the little things that aggravate you. It can be stuff as small as dirty dishes in the sink or as large as partying at all hours of the night. If your lifestyles are incompatible with each other, this personality inventory will help make your needs clear up front and help both you and your potential roommate determine if you are suitable to be housemates with each other.
When interviewing potential roommates, you can easily gauge their personality and reactions to different questions to help you determine if you can live with each other. For example, if you have a unique lifestyle such as gay, lesbian, or transgendered, you may find it difficult to interview someone who isn’t exactly accepting or tolerant of your choice. One such website which can help with this is Pride Roommates, which specializes in matching like-minded individuals who share the same lifestyle and sexual orientation.
One of the most important things that you can do when interviewing roommates is to lay out all your expectations up front. No one likes to find out later that there are unexpected costs, curfews, or other restrictions on how they can live their life as a result of renting together. Be clear about how much rent is due and plan, and other expectations such as dividing chores, care and feeding of pets, and so on. This will make the process go much more smoothly for both of you!
Have an Open Mind
Remember that no one is exactly like you, nor should you have a roommate whose interests completely match your own. By finding someone who enjoys different things, you may learn and share new experiences that you otherwise may never have known about. No matter which roommate you choose, it’s important to have an open mind and be accepting of diverse experiences, upbringings, and lifestyles that may be different than your own. In doing so, you may learn new things about yourself that you never realized! Good luck!