4. Interviewing a Potential Roommate

1. Repeat

A: Hello, this is Albert.

B: Hi. I'm Jack. You called about the room for rent. Are you still interested?

A: Yes, I am.

B: I was wondering if I could ask you a couple of questions.

A: Shoot.

B: I just want to be sure that we get along.

A: I agree with you 100 percent--we must get along.

B: Are you a party animal?

A: Oh, no. I'm a very quiet person.

B: Great! Next: Are you neat or are you a slob?

A: I'm a pretty neat person.

B: Are you a night owl or a day person?

A: Early to bed, early to rise.

B: Finally, do you smoke?

A: Actually, I quit smoking four years ago.

B: Excellent answers. Do you have any questions for me?

A: Just one: Is there a parking lot?

B: Unfortunately, you have to park in the street.

A: Well, I'm desperate. I'll take it anyway.

B: Great! Let me know when you're ready to move in.

A: I think it will be tomorrow if that's okay.

B: No problem. I'll be here all day tomorrow.


2. Repeat


A: Hello. You've reached Albert.

B: I'm Jack. Are you still interested in renting a room?

A: Yes, very much so.

B: Would it be all right if I asked you some questions?

A: Fire away.

B: I just want to make sure that we are compatible.

A: That's a good idea. We need to get along.

B: Do you like to party?

A: I don't party, and I don't like people who do.

B: Great! Now, are you a neat person, or do you leave trash all over?

A: One of my mottoes is to clean as you go.

B: Do you sleep in or rise early?

A: I go to bed early, and I get up early.

B: And last, are you a smoker?

A: I can't stand cigarette smoke.

B: Excellent. Now, do you have any questions for me?

A: Only one. Where can I park my car?

B: I hate to tell you, but it's street parking.

A: I don't like it, but I need an apartment now, so I'll take it.

B: Great! Give me a call, and I'll help you move your stuff in.

A: Will tomorrow be okay with you?

B: That sounds good. I'll see you tomorrow.


3. Repeat


A: Hi, this is Albert.

B: Hi, my name is Jack. You called about a room for rent. Are you still interested?

A: Yes, more than you know.

B: I don't mean to pry, but could I ask you a couple of questions?

A: Ask away.

B: I don't want us to be roommates who don't get along.

A: Yes, we must get along if we are going to be roommates.

B: Is partying one of your priorities?

A: I'm a student. I don't have time to party.

B: Very good. Now, do you clean up after yourself?

A: I clean up my own mess, and I expect others to do so, too.

B: What time do you usually hit the sack?

A: Occasionally, I stay up late if there's a big test the next day.

B: What about smoking?

A: If I ever get elected President, I will ban smoking nationwide.

B: Very good. Now, would you like to ask me anything?

A: Yes, I have one question. Do I have to park in the street?

B: I'm sorry. Yes, you have to park your car in the street.

A: I hate street parking, but I need the apartment now.

B: Very good. Just call me when you're ready to move your stuff over here.

A: How about if I come over tomorrow afternoon?

B: Just ring the doorbell. I'll be here all day.


4. Repeat


A: Hello, Albert speaking.

B: This is Jack. Are you still interested in renting a room?

A: Oh, yes.

B: Would you mind answering a couple of questions?

A: No problem.

B: Since we might be roommates, I want to make sure there's no friction.

A: You are right. We need to be compatible.

B: Do you go out to clubs or bars a lot?

A: I have been to only one nightclub in my whole life.

B: Good. Now, do you expect others to pick up after you?

A: Occasionally I might slip up, but usually I'm clean and neat.

B: What kind of hours do you keep?

A: The early bird gets the worm.

B: I hope you're not a smoker.

A: I can smell a cigarette from a mile away. It makes me gag.

B: Your answers are great. Now, do you have a question or two for me?

A: Just one question. What's the parking situation?

B: This place allows only one parking space per apartment, so you'll have to park on the street.

A: I don't like it, but I guess I can live with it.

B: Okay, I think we'll be good roommates. Just call me when you're ready to move in.

A: I can move in by tomorrow afternoon.

B: That's fine. I was planning on being home tomorrow anyway.


5. Repeat


A: Hello, Albert here.

B: Hi, Albert. I'm Jack. Are you still thinking about renting a room?

A: Yes, I need a room badly.

B: Can I ask you a few questions?

A: I'm an open book.

B: I want to make sure that we get along okay.

A: I'm with you. We both need to live in harmony.

B: Do you like to drink and party?

A: I hate noise, and I hate loud people.

B: Excellent. Now, do you leave a trail of trash wherever you go?

A: A place for everything, and everything in its place.

B: Do you keep normal hours?

A: I'm usually asleep before the 11 o'clock news.

B: You don't have a cigarette habit, do you?

A: Cigarette smoking is the dumbest habit in the world.

B: I like your answers. Now, are there any questions you'd like to ask me?

A: Yes, is the parking off street, or on street?

B: You're not going to like this. It's street parking only.

A: That figures, nothing is perfect. But, I'll take it.

B: You know, I think we're going to hit it off. Call me when you're coming over.

A: I can get all packed tonight and be there tomorrow.

B: Just come on over anytime. I'll be here the whole day.


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