Recruitment Tips for Active Sorority Members
Recruitment time is exciting, stressful, thrilling, fun, and tiring. It’s a lot of work, too, but preparing for it and knowing what to do can make a huge difference in how the day goes. During the recruitment process, you’ll end up meeting a lot of girls, some of whom will end up joining the sorority and becoming sisters. Use the following tips to learn more about what to expect during recruitment day, what to do, and how to make the most of every meeting during the day.
Prepare for the Long Days
Each recruitment day is long, so proper preparation is a must. You’ll be told what to wear during the day, but make sure to pick out something within the guidelines that’s comfortable to wear all day long. Check the weather ahead of time and make sure to be prepared. If it’s going to be raining, bring an umbrella that coordinates if possible, or that can be tucked into a purse for when it’s needed.
Test potential outfits ahead of time and avoid anything that’s going to be bothersome. Though there are guidelines for what to wear, it’s still important to be comfortable and avoid blisters or other painful issues from wearing clothes that don’t fit well. Break in shoes before recruitment week to make sure they’re comfortable to wear. Breaking them in is as easy as just wearing them around indoors for a few days before recruitment week.
Be Realistic About the Experience
When talking with potential recruits, the topic of what the sorority is really like should come up at some point. Always be realistic and honest about the experience. Share details about what it was like to be a new member, what the sorority does together, and what the typical day is like. Share any success stories, but don’t forget to share a few downsides, too. Personalize stories and share your experience, not just the sorority’s experience , for events and activities. The more honest the details are, the easier it is for the potential recruit to determine if your sorority is the right one for them.
Talk to As Many Girls as Possible
There will be a ton of girls to talk to during the recruitment day, so make sure to talk to as many of them as possible. Do spend time talking to each one, but avoid spending too much time with any one person and missing out on the chance to meet other potential recruits. It is a balancing act , and it’s important to think carefully about how much time there is to learn more about each person before moving on and talking to someone else. When talking, always be polite and take an interest in what they’re saying. Avoid cutting off the conversation just to move on to the next person, but don’t linger too long.
Ask Open-Minded Questions and Discuss Answers
Be wary of questions to ask and avoid any that can be answered with a simple yes or no answer. These questions rarely lead to a conversation, though it’s possible to ask follow-up questions to create the conversation. As much as possible, ask questions that require the other person to think a little bit before answering. Ask follow-up questions, share experiences, or otherwise continue the conversation to show interest and learn more about the person. Doing all of this will create a natural conversation, even if it starts with relatively simple questions. Creating conversations isn’t always easy, but by asking open-minded questions and discussing the answers, it’s possible.
Choose the Right Questions to Ask
Picking out the right questions to ask is just as important as knowing what type of questions to ask. It’s fine to talk about current events, pop culture, sports, and other topics, but do avoid anything that might be controversial. Now is not the time to talk about politics or events that might be controversial with some people. If questions aren’t coming easily, share a recent experience and talk about it a little bit, then see what activities they enjoy. This can be the start of a fantastic conversation. Before asking any questions, make sure they are not too personal and see if they can be asked in a different way to move the conversation forward instead of causing it to stall.
Use Social Media – Without Judgment
Almost everyone has social media accounts today, and many of them are public. This is a great way to learn more about girls that may be a great fit for the sorority, but it is important to use the information gained carefully. A person’s social media profile can show some good and bad qualities, but it’s often not a good way to judge a person’s character. If possible, check out their profile before talking to them. Information in the profile, like an event they went to recently or a place they visited, could be the start of a great conversation. Mention viewing the social media profile and ask questions if there are any to get a better idea of what the girl is like without just judging them based on their profile.
Stay Hydrated and Nourished
It’s easy to get caught up in the day , and before you know it, the day’s almost over. When was the last time you had something to eat or drink? During the event, stay hydrated by sipping on water and eat when you’re hungry. It’s possible to have conversations while grabbing a bite to eat, so don’t let the conversations slow you down. Be sure to take other steps to protect your health, too, like using hand sanitizer as needed or taking breaks if it gets too stressful.
Recruitment day is exciting, but it can be a little scary, too, if you’re not sure what to do or how to start up conversations with girls you’ve never met before. Following the tips here, though, can help you have a fantastic time throughout recruitment day and enable you to meet many potential sorority sisters.
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