Tips for Informal Sorority Recruitment

Monday, August 28, 2017

I am so excited for today's blog post! Joining a sorority in university was such a positive experience for me, and I credit many of the skills I have today to my sorority! 

Canadian Greek life, while thriving, is not as popular as its American counterpart so, the recruitment process is much different here. When I was going through recruitment, it was a month long process with a handful of informal recruitment events each week. I really liked this relaxed style (though I've never experienced a super formal recruitment) and at the end of the month, I felt really comfortable accepting my bid from Delta Zeta!  

While informal recruitment is less structured - there is much more to it than what meets the eye. Today I have some tips for those of you about to start informal recruitment!

1. Take it seriously
While informal recruitment is a more relaxed way of joining a sorority - you must understand that it is still serious. When you attend informal events, the women of each sorority are considering you for lifelong membership in an organization very close to their hearts. It may sound strange, but you will be evaluated after each event - so it is important to leave the best impression you can. Having meaningful conversations with the members will definitely help you decide if the chapter is for you and vice versa. 

2. Attend as many events as you can
Recruitment events are how sororities will get to know you, so it is pretty important you make an effort attend them. In my experience, recruitment events can overlap with classes and it's totally fine to prioritize class over recruitment. Do go to the events you can attend and make the most of that time by following step #1! 

3. Consider your conversations
Don't be afraid to show off your personality - because that is what will make you stand out. It's important however to read the room and keep the conversation appropriate for the situation. Certain conversations are just not meant to had during sorority recruitment so save them for another time. Remember the ultimate goal is to find a home within a values based organization - so keep your conversations classy!

4. Ask questions!
Please don't be afraid to ask questions throughout the process. I personally loved when PNMs asked questions because it showed me they were interested in my organization (a great sign). It's also better to be well informed about details such as cost and commitment so you aren't blind-sighted by anything if you do receive a bid. 

5. Be patient
Informal recruitment can seem like a long process but I believe it's worth it! Participating in the many events is exhausting, however, just one month can lead to lifelong friendships, networking and more! Sounds wonderful to me! 

6. Have an open mind
If you're like me, you probably have researched the sororities on your campus and think you know all there is to know about them. You may also have your heart set on a certain sorority, but don't discount the other chapters. If you only attend one sorority's events it is possible you will not receive a bid from them and that can be heartbreaking. Trust the process and don't limit yourself by having a closed mind. The chapter you didn't want to give a chance to may end up becoming your home!

7. Have fun and be yourself! 
I know my previous advice makes recruitment seem scary, but it's actually a lot of fun! Remain calm throughout the process and let your personality shine. At the end of the day, sororities want you to join them; so show off how awesome you are and why they should extend a bid to you! Don't overthink it, and just be genuine. Joining a sorority is a lifelong commitment, so you definitely want to make sure your values align with the organization you're joining. The only way to do that is to be yourself. There are so many stereotypes of what a sorority woman 'should' look/be like - but none of them are true. Through being your authentic self throughout the recruitment process, you will find the home you are meant to be a part of. 

I hope these tips are useful! 
If you've gone through recruitment - what tips would you offer PNMS?

This post is kindly sponsored by Greek U

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1 comment

  1. Great tips! Even since I joined the recruitment process has changed at my alma matter - and it differs by school. It's so interesting to hear about others' experiences. Over the weekend my chapter had a recruitment practice and so many feels about my time in DZ came back.

    I love that we both picked the same shirt to review. Same shirt, same sorority. We have good taste ;)


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