Top 8 Tips for First Time Recruiters
Suddenly you're on the other side of recruitment and now what? New sisters make excellent recruiters since they remember what it was like to be a nervous PNM just a short time ago. Treat PNMs like future sisters and keep these sorority sugar suggestions in mind.
🔷 New Recruiter Tips 🔷
Courtesy counts. Do everything you can to make each PNM feel comfortable and right at home ~ no matter what she's like. Be gracious and welcoming to even the most mismatched girls. Treat each PNM as if she's your favorite rush crush.
- Work hard and follow the rules. Your chapter leadership puts their heart and soul into work week and recruitment week. Pay attention, do as your told, rotate properly, don’t say the wrong things, lend a helping hand, etc… Show your sorority respect by towing the line. Now is not the time for rebellion or goofing off.
- Pitch in without being nagged. The best thing you can do to help your chapter is to not stand around waiting for instructions. With a big production like recruitment, and officers who are stressed, the sisters who just do what needs to be done are heaven sent. Set up folding chairs, hang balloons, arrange the buffet table ~ just take action without being reminded, yelled at, or berated. Be proactive!
- Don’t whine or make excuses. Yes your feet will hurt, you don’t want to buy a pink dress, you don’t understand why practice lasts for 13 hours and you hate to wear baseball caps ~ but yours is not to complain, bitch, moan, or gossip about the chapter leadership who is putting you through these hoops. Recruitment is the life blood of the sorority. The better the recruitment week, the better the new members on bid day. Take pride in your efforts and do what’s expected of you.
- Ask creative PNM questions. Be the best conversationalist in the chapter! Avoid all yes/no questions and really get to know your PNMs beyond skin deep. Ask follow up questions, remember important details about each PNM and share your thoughtful evaluations with the chapter. Take your recruiting responsibility seriously and pay respect to each PNM by accurately assessing her best qualities. Is she a genuine match for your organization or not? Someone gave you this respect ~ so do the same for the new girls.
- Unity comes first. Forget any sister grudges or falling outs you may have had with other sisters. Put aside the arguments for one week. A strong sorority never lets the cracks show during recruitment. Teamwork and presenting a united front is your #1 priority. All conflicts must be left behind when you swing open those sorority house doors.
- Keep your emotions in check. PNMs don’t know how to handle a sobbing sorority sister. Control yourself on pref night and in other emotional situations. Don’t let the sentimental singing and candlelight cause you to break down. You have a job to do and recruitment is not about how you felt when you pledged, or about missing your big who just transferred to a new school. Save the hysteria for bid day!
- Be polite to a fault. No matter how annoying, goofy or irritating the PNM you're matched with is, and no matter how exhausted and stressed you are, keep smiling and treat every girl with classy manners. Say please and thank you. Smile warmly and give hugs. Your chapter’s reputation is on the line every minute of recruitment. You're “on stage” and an ambassador for your sisterhood. Represent your sisterhood with kindness and dignity. There is no place for snobbery or intimidation. Every PNM should leave your doors wishing they could become a sister in your superior chapter!