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To pass your co-op board interview, read this first | 2012

By Lucy Cohen Blatter  | December 27, 2012 - 12:05PM

Your offer on that co-op has been accepted. Now comes the scary part: The board interview. This week's SurvivalList--a thematic curation of Brick's best posts--focuses on what you need to know to navigate this rite of (co-op) passage.

First off, some good news: Most co-op board rejections happen long before the board interview (based on your application alone and usually related to finances), so things are looking good if you've got an interview date scheduled.

It's still smart to be prepared, and we've got lots of useful info on BrickUnderground, including how to spin a board interview5 questions they're really not allowed to ask you, and, in case you haven't already, why you might want to scrub your Facebook page (and your kid's).

Potentially pesky pets can be the most difficult sell when it comes to the co-op board, so here are some tips on prepping your dog if his or her presence has been requested.

Of course, if for some reason you want to fail your board interview--perhaps you are suffering the pangs of buyer's remorse, and want your contract deposit back?--try these somewhat tongue-in-cheek suggestions for throwing an interview (which might also help you figure out how not to fail it).

And sometimes the best way to prepare for a board interview is to take a page from those who’ve gone through it before you. For that, check our Big Fat Board Interview series. Among other things, you'll learn that even real estate agents can flunk, it’s best not to fly your Red Sox flag too high and sometimes you can be rejected for being too good looking--and single.

Links to those and more, below:


How to buy a NYC apartment

How to spin a board interview

How to throw a board interview

5 things they're not allowed to ask you (sponsored)

What co-op boards really want to know about buyers

UES co-op kills sale after reading kid's Facebook page

It could be worse (they could inspect your current place)  (Sponsored)

Better prep the dog for its interview too

Real life stories of real board interviews

My Big Fat Board Interview: The $50,000 curveball

My Big Fat Board Interview: Sometimes there's a limit to how pet-friendly they'll be


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