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Nesterly Interview Guide


Below are a few sample interview questions to help you get to know your potential housemate.


Did you connect with a nice Guest or Host on Nesterly? Congratulations! It is now time to schedule an interview to see if you are a good homesharing fit.

During the interview – Do not be shy about stating what you are looking for and discussing the topics that are most important to you. Remember, upfront communication is key to a successful homeshare!

At the end of the first meeting – Let your potential housemate know how and when you will follow up with them. If possible, clarify a timeline for when you will decide whether or not to homeshare with them.

General Interview Questions

  • What interested you in joining the Nesterly community?
  • How did you hear about Nesterly?
  • Have you lived with a housemate before? What did you like or dislike about that experience?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • What are you looking for in a roommate?
  • What’s your typical schedule?
  • Are you a morning person or a night person? What time do you generally wake up and go to bed?
  • What do you like to do on nights and weekends?
  • How often do you clean? Ask them which chores they like and which ones they loathe. Share your habits and preferences.
  • Do you have any allergies/illnesses to be aware of?
  • Do you drink alcohol? If so, how much?
  • Are you a smoker?
  • What are your pet peeves?
  • Is there anything else I should know?

Additional Host Questions

  • Why are you leaving your current place?
  • Do you have any questions about me or the home?
  • Note: If you are interested in receiving help around the house for lower rent, use this time to explain the help you are interested in, the weekly or monthly time commitment and the correlating rent reduction. Ask the potential Guest about his or her ability and interest in providing the service you are looking for.

Important Note about Fair Housing: You have the right to choose who you will live with in your home. However, please note that because of Fair Housing legislation, you should not ask potential housemates questions about race, religion, place of birth, marital status or if they have children.

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