You’ve finally found the home of your dreams. Now, only one thing stands between you and your perfect apartment: the co-op board. Though a co-op board interview can be intimidating, use these simple tips and tricks to impress the board and get approval for your new home.
Dress to impress. You want to make sure you look presentable and put together to meet with the board. Though you don’t have to break out a full suit, business casual is a safe bet. Classic colors and silhouettes are a good option to guarantee a polished and professional look.
Be on time. Start the interview on the right foot. Try to be at least 10 minutes early to ensure you can settle in and mentally prepare before the interview takes place. Plus, if you’re taking the subway or other public transportation, it’s best to build in cushion times in case of delays.
Bring your paperwork. Though the board will likely have copies of your application and financial information, bring a few extra copies just in case. It never hurts to be overly prepared.
Know your financials in and out. If you’ve made it to the interview stage, that means that you’re conditionally approved for the apartment based on your financials. The board still, though, has the opportunity to ask you questions about anything included in your application. Make sure you know the details so you can quickly and clearly answer any of their questions.
Do an inventory of your social media. Either make your profiles private or delete any posts that you wouldn’t want your employer to see—think of the co-op interview like a job interview in that way.
Be friendly, but brief. Be polite and answer any questions that are asked, but don’t elaborate. Remember, you aren’t trying to sell them on your hobbies or personality but simply convince the board that you will be a good neighbor. Keeping your answers concise ensures you won’t bring up any topics you shouldn’t.
Don’t talk renovations. While you can renovate your apartment once you’re the owner, it’s best to keep these plans to yourself in the interview phase. The board will eventually have to approve any of your renovation plans, so cross that bridge when you get to it.