About Recruitment

Overview

The recruitment process is a very exciting experience. Usually, the potential new member (aka Recruit) is an incoming freshman student who has gained admission into the university of his choice. At some universities, it is not uncommon for a Recruit to already be a freshman and sometimes even a sophomore. Regardless, the recruitment process begins the moment the student has declared the university of which he will be studying at. Fraternities work quickly to find out as much information as possible about all of the potential new members. Likewise, the Recruits begin seeking access into as many fraternities as possible, knowing that their end goal is to be given a bid from the fraternity most fit for them. Interfraternity Councils (IFC) on college campuses exist to help facilitate the recruitment process in organizing formal recruitment events. The recruitment process starts and finishes before the blink of an eye. Acquiring as much information as possible and the ability to build out one’s Greek network can make all of the difference in the world when it comes down to having a successful recruitment.

For the Recruit

The Recruit, who is usually a freshman, has a lot on his plate when he first gets to college. He is busy choosing classes, getting moved into the dorms, becoming acclimated with the campus, and making friends. On top of all of this, the Recruit needs to begin networking with different fraternities by signing up for social events, taking direction from IFC, and most importantly, just putting himself out there. The recruitment experience is exciting, but can certainly be overwhelming.

How does FratCastles help the Recruit?

Designed by college graduates and more importantly, members of the Greek system who have grown to be experts in the recruitment process, FratCastles allows Recruits to take a new approach at networking with fraternities. By having Recruits sign up with their Facebook account (and verifying it with his school-issued .edu email address), the Recruits can easily see who their friends are in each fraternity. FratCastles also showcases Chapter tours and allows the fraternities to provide information relevant to their Chapters’ culture and history. After using all of these resources, the Recruits can navigate to the recruitment page of the fraternities and subscribe to multiple Chapter Recruitment Lists. The Recruitment List allows the Recruitment Chairs to see who is interested in their house, giving them the ability to then message each potential new member through FratCastles.com.

For the Actives

The Actives usually range from second-semester freshman to seniors. Commonly referred to as ‘brothers’, Actives are the members that make up the entire fraternity. New Actives experience recruitment for the first time on the other side of the fence and the rest have become veterans, many of which have seen and been a part of multiple recruitment terms. Each member does his share in providing the Recruitment Chairs with the names of Recruits that they think would best be fit for the Chapter.

How does FratCastles help the Recruitment Chair?

The Recruitment Chairs (traditionally 1-3) are the Actives in each fraternity that have the final say as to which Recruits will receive bids. Their job is the most difficult of all, having the responsibility of building the incoming pledge class. In addition to collecting names at recruitment events, the Recruitment Chairs often ask the Actives to contribute to a Google document in providing the names of Recruits that they know from high school or met at an event. FratCastles allows these tasks to be methods of the past. Actives can see their mutual Facebook friends who have signed up as Recruits. They are able to send their friends requests to subscribe to their Chapter and leave comments for the Recruitment Chairs. Recruitment Chairs use this Recruitment List to create groups and message subscribers. Having a self sustaining Recruitment List yields the Recruitment Chairs more avenues of meeting potential new members.