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10 Surefire Ways to Get Rejected by a Co-op Board


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A Poor Interview
Be friendly but conservative, and that interview with the board should be a snap.
Be friendly but conservative, and that interview with the board should be a snap.
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The board interview is your last -- and potentially greatest -- hurdle. Do yourself a favor and show up on time. Also in the list of the should-be-obvious: dress conservatively, don't bicker with your co-applicant and be straightforward.

But outside the blanket recommendation to be understated, what matters most is that you try in your interview to fit the profile that best matches the building. Is it a notorious artists' colony, or is it blue-blooded old money? Again: Do your homework! Or better yet, have your broker do it for you.

Other specific interview suggestions include the following:

  • Don't ask too many questions. You're being interviewed, not doing the interviewing, and many questions you could ask are likely to run afoul of one or another board member. For example, don't ask about subletting. And asking about 150-pound pit bulls implies that you might explore owning one.
  • Avoid dropping the names of people you know in the building unless you're sure they're universally beloved.
  • Be ready for a complete lack of privacy. The board will ask tough, probing questions. Don't be offended -- it's not personal, and unfortunately, it's a standard part of the process [source: Romano].

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