This week we are joined by Kristin for the second instalment of my Recruitment Insights series! Kristin is an insanely dedicated and talented Alpha Gam, and there is no way that I could have a better sister. She held several key roles in her collegian experience, and is now Vice-President of the Edmonton Alumane Chapter! Kristin has a fantastic amount of experience with recruitment as both an active and collegian- I truly believe that every single member should take the care and thought that she does with recruitment. I am so excited to share her thoughts with you!
1.Did you go through formal recruitment or informal recruitment?
Formal recruitment in Fall 2011, in my second year of undergrad.
2. What is your favourite memory of recruitment?
Honestly, there was this great moment between two of my sisters, Erin and Erika, who are “twins” (same sister-mother) when they were bumping the conversation groups. Erika approached Erin and just hugged her around the shoulders so easily and affectionately and I remember thinking in that moment “That is what I want out of the sorority experience.” I was not disappointed — I get hugs from sisters to my heart’s content!
That, and I also happy-cried during my Preference ceremony, which really sealed the deal for me to join Alpha Gam.
3. What is your favourite round or event in recruitment?
Honestly, I don’t know if I have a favourite. If I had to pick though, I love Chapter Pride — I think because it’s the recruitment round where we explain what dues are, the kinds of activities and programming we do, it’s the most genuine and authentic night and honestly? The most useful. House tours are a good warm up, but at the end of the day, PNMs are looking for that information and ask about it throughout the rest of recruitment anyways, so getting to dispense that information to them as a group just makes sense. It’s also great because it’s a great reminder to active members of our values and good practice for being able to iterate those values.
4. What is your number one piece of advice for PNMs going through recruitment?
Be open-minded. You might in thinking you want one thing but you’ll end up somewhere totally different because you fit there better. You might be going in thinking it’s a bad idea — but you’ll never know unless you try. And honestly? If you have come back for three nights and are offered a bid, take it and try out going to meetings for at least a month afterwards; then you’ve actually had a chance to see how things work on the inside and be able to truly assess whether fraternity life is for you.
5. What is your number one piece of advice for collegians during recruitment?
Don’t worry about being nervous. Look to your Purpose (or creed or other mission statement-type thing) to guide you through your conversations. PNMs just want to know what the heck is going on and you probably know a lot more than you think you do. Just be natural and easy with them, and they will be calmer and easier to talk to as well.
6. If you are (or theoretically were, for alumnae) recruiting right now, what is the top quality you look for in a PNM?
Women who are drive, even if they aren’t sure of the direction they’re headed. There needs to be something in my impression of someone that she’s ready to commit to something — herself, a job, an organisation — before I really find her interesting enough to want to have her join my sisterhood. Something I personally can’t stand is apathy. I think that it’s important to have enough self-awareness to understand one’s motivations to do something, so my top question as a recruiter was typically “What brought you to Panhellenic Recruitment?” or “What interests you about Greek Life?” If the answer is a short “I don’t know,” it’s a big recruitment turn off for me.
I have to send an incredibly huge thank you to Kristin, for sharing her thoughts and insights with us!! Recruitment is integral to Greek Life, and members like Kristin bring an integrity and strength to a process that can quickly become superficial. I think that Panhellenics need to work with PNMs in order to spur these kinds of thoughts and considerations.
For Part I, see here!