Interviewing potential roommates need not be scary or unsafe, but it’s important to follow a few guidelines, set out by About.com, to make sure your first meeting is a successful one. First of all, make sure you always meet in a public place, such as a coffee shop or bookstore. Schedule the meeting for a set amount of time and make it clear to your potential roommate that this is the case. That way, the other person knows that there is a definite end time to your meeting whether it is successful or not.
Consider asking for identification if you do not already know the other person. If you feel uncomfortable about this, offer your own first. Also, have a friend or relative call you a few minutes after your interview begins so they can make sure everything is okay. Be sure not to make a decision about rooming with the person on the spot. It’s best to reflect on whether this is a good match for you after you’ve had some time, so make sure you and the potential roommate know how to contact each other if you want to pursue the relationship further.
Be sure to take notes, if not during your meeting then shortly afterward, so you can make sure you have an accurate record of each potential candidate. Finally, don’t try to be some ideal “perfect roommate” version of yourself. Be cordial and pleasant, but most importantly, be yourself; after all, that is who the other person will be living with in your apartment if the roommate situation winds up working out!