Recruitment can come with a bucket of emotions. From stressed to excited or mainly exhausted, we know you’re going to need some advice going in. With this insider advice, you’ll be the most prepared person for recruitment. Here are the top 5 things you need to know to prepare for recruitment.
1. Keep An Open Mind
This is the most important pieces of advice. When you participate in primary recruitment, you will have the chance to meet with the entire sorority community on your campus. That can be overwhelming and you will have a lot of things running through your mind. Keep in mind that every sorority provides great experiences to their members. Going into each round knowing that can take a huge weight off your shoulders.
The decisions you make during recruitment should focus on your opinions. Did the organization’s values align with yours? Do they have what you were looking for in a sorority experience? Maybe you wanted to make a lot of friends. Do they provide those opportunities? Maybe you wanted to be a leader. What opportunities do they offer? Let your choices be based on your own opinion and not others around you. Each person will be different and have different experiences, trust in what you believe.
2. Ask Questions
When you go through recruitment it is easy to fall into the routine of letting the sorority members you talk to lead the conversation. They want to get to know you because you could become a member of their organization. But doesn’t that mean you probably want to know more about them too? If in a few days you could be their sorority sister, now might be the perfect time to learn about them.
Sorority women want to answer your questions. They live the sorority experience day in and day out. Ask them about it. What events do they have? How much are dues? What is the time commitment? They know all of it and trust me, they are hoping you’ll ask them. Knowing what you are getting yourself into will help you make a more informed decision later on.
3. Be Yourself
Recruitment can be stressful, no one denies that. You talk to women you don’t know all day long. You rush between rounds just to answer the same questions again. You might think sorority women want to see a specific type of woman come through recruitment. A little insider secret – they just want you. As you are. They want to know what makes you who you are. What are your hobbies? What do you love? What are your goals in school? If you are open and ready to talk about the amazing woman you are, I promise you that they are ready too. Chances are if you show your authentic self you will make better connections with chapter members and find the sorority that is right for you.
4. Wear Comfortable Shoes
This is a tip you might hear the most from sorority women. It is likely because they made the mistake of wearing the cute heels and had to hobble home because their feet hurt so much. Learn from their mistakes. Sorority women are not going to make membership decisions based on what you wear. Dress comfortably. If you are comfortable you will be more confident.
Recruitment involves long periods of standing and you’ll thank me later when you choose to wear comfortable shoes over the really cute heels. You want to be able to focus on your conversations and not how much your feet hurt! If you are dressed comfortably, you will put your best foot forward and make clear decisions.
5. Decorations Aren’t Everything
Too often women going through recruitment focus on the decorations in the room rather than the conversations they had. The decorations aren’t what make the sorority; it’s the women that you meet. Those women will be with you for a lifetime so focusing on the conversations and how you felt with those around you will lead you down the path to finding your home. The decorations are temporary, but sisterhood is for life.