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Five Tips for a Co-op Board Interview

Co-op board interviews are the real estate equivalent of sorority rush week. No one can say jsut what will strike a particular board's fancy, but Jacky Teplitzky, a Douglas Elliman broker, offers these helpful tips for making a good impression:

1. Skip the hard sell: Unlike job interviews, where you generally try to sell yourself, before a board you should sit back and let them steer. Keep your answers as brief as possible, Teplitzky advises. No one ever got turned down from a co-op for being too boring.

2. Shorter is better: A short interview is generally a good interview, Teplitzky says. The less time a board takes with you, the better your chances.

3. Question nothing: Often boards will end an interview by asking if you have any questions. Just smile and shake your head "no". Even a seemingly innocent query risks ruffling board members' feathers.

4. Play tag team: If you're interviewing as a couple, have your plan straight before you go in. Know who will take on what sort of questions and never quibble over answers in front of the board.

5. Don't expect an immediate answer: we know, the suspense is killing you, but have patience. Most boards won't give their decision until a day or two after your meeting.



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