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5 Tips to Avoid the Awkward Flatmate Interview

Your old flatmate has moved out of your property to rent in Aberdeen and you’re back in the unenviable position of having to find a new flatmate. You’ve searched high and low for a new guy or girl, but will they be the one?

Taking into consideration such things as interests, the likelihood of doing chores and the ever so joyous topic of who pays what regarding the bills. You know it’ll be tough for things not to get awkward.

Having an interview is a great way to figure out what the person is really like. You can find out what their character, attitude, personal preferences and lifestyle is like. The following tips can help out regards having an awkward free meetup.

Meet Publicly

This may sound counter intuitive considering your having an interview about the flat and you’re both not in it. However, it is good idea to have your interview in a café or restaurant. Reason being is that this could be the first time you have ever met this person.

Meeting in public will also avoid the awkward moment of showing them the door if the interview proves to be unsuccessful.

Plan Ahead

You probably have a whole bunch of questions to ask them but when it comes down to the actual interview, you might have a mind blank. Writing down your questions in advance means that you won’t forget some of the all important questions.

Some questions that you might want to ask could be:

  • How long do you plan to stay?
  • Are you a smoker?
  • Do you have a steady income?
  • Do you go to parties often?
  • What’s a typical day for you?
  • What chores do you like/don’t like?


Honesty is the best Policy

So you have asked your potential flatmate some questions and now it’s their turn to find out a bit more about you. Don’t feel under pressure to lie about who you are or your habits. Be honest about it. You might be eager to get someone in due to the cost of living in Aberdeen but if you’re honest, it will save you from some very awkward moments later on down the line.

 Get a Second Opinion

Do you live with other people already? Get their opinion as well. If not, ask friends or family to join you at the interview. Let the potential flatmate know so that they don’t feel accosted but get whoever is with you to write some notes down. You can get their thoughts and feelings afterwards; they might have seen something you missed.


Get a written agreement

After all the interviews and you have decided on a particular candidate, the best thing to do is to write up an agreement. This will avoid any confusion later on down the line.

Some of the topics that should be covered in your agreement could be:

  • Bills and deposits and how they will be paid
  • Policies on pets in the household
  • Any curfews or silent times
  • Expectations and chores


Next time you are looking for a new flatmate, take into consideration our 5 Top Tips and hopefully you can avoid any awkward interviews and will find the perfect flatmate.


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