Recruiting, Officer or Not

21 09 2009

Whether you’re an officer, a GM or just an every day raider, you can help with recruiting. Part of this means finding out what classes you’re looking for and trolling the official WoW forums (along with other channels, such as WoWRaid and LookingforGuild) for LFG posts. If you’re not too invested in spending more than 5-10 minutes a day on recruiting, here are a few things you should do:

  • Look at the pages 1-3 of the official Guild Recruitment Forum (note, the link is for the alliance forum)
  • Post a response, generally copy/pasting whatever is in your recruitment thread on your realm forum and adding in a short, personal note to show that you read the post
  • Bump your guild’s recruitment threads (realm forum and others)

When you’re trolling the official forums…

  • Make sure you read applicant’s posts thoroughly (unless the spelling and typing is so atrocious it makes you want to barf)
  • Get the relevant details: e.g. what kind of guild the poster is looking for (hardcore, casual), make sure your raid times mesh (are they looking for early morning, but you raid late evening?) and make a quick assessment of whether you think their personality would fit with your guild
  • Post! Don’t be afraid to post in many different threads. Just try not to post in the same threads that someone else in your guild has already posted in.
Not the best way to go

Not the best way to go

Want to put a bit more effort in?

If you’re not satisfied doing the bare minimum of recruitment-related activities, there’s always more work to be done!

  • Make profiles for your guild on sites like LookingforGuild
  • Check recruiting forums more often and go past page 3
  • Look at how your guild is recruiting and troubleshoot – is there something you feel is lacking or simply could be more efficient?
  • Run PuG raids such as VoA and Ulduar25 (either start them or join existing runs) and start dialogues with unguilded raiders who stand out from the crowd (I joined an excellent guild back in BC by running a bunch of heroics with some people and then applying to their guild)

One other thing you can do (that I recently did) is to look at your application form. What questions are you asking applicants and is there a good reason to be asking each one? Start a dialogue with the rest of your guild (officers might have a reason to be using certain questions that you don’t know about) and trim the fat off your application. Some things to look out for:

  • Yes/no questions – you want to provoke long responses from those stand-out applicants who are willing to put the effort in
  • Questions that will likely provoke dishonesty (for example, “How do you deal with disagreements?” – applicants will never answer that they are likely to ragequit if they disagree with something, so you won’t learn anything useful from this question)
  • Questions that are likely to get the same answer from any applicant to a raiding guild (such as “What are your goals in World of Warcraft?” If your guild is primarily a raiding guild, 99% of the time the answer will be “to raid” or some variation thereof)

What kind of questions does your guild put on its application? I’d love to hear about any eccentric/uncommon ones.

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2 responses

22 09 2009
jederus

Fantastic idea that even non-officers shoud contribute. Wish we could get all guildmates reading this!

12 10 2009
Khaas

Very fun and informative read. Originally my guild’s application was a bit more compact, but one thing I’ve learned is that if you “double up” questions like “what time zone are you in, and when can you not make raids?” people tend not to answer both questions, or either. Recently though, as we’ve reached the point of only really wanting one or two “select” players we’ve been reviewing the app so it’s likely to change a bit. One reason for the way I’ve made up the app is to see if prospective applicants can/will follow directions. Also in the case of the last question, it gives us an idea of how well they can handle some silliness since we’re something of a “business casual” guild, we’re all business twice per week but the rest of the time we basically goof off and have fun.

Here’s my guild’s current application:

1. What is your character’s name?
2. What raiding/gaming experience do you have prior to writing this application? (Up to and including WoW)
3. Link to armory profile.
4. What is your primary role in a raid?
5. Answer whichever of the following applies: What is your unbuffed avoidance and HP? What is your average sustainable DPS? What is your spell power and MP5?
6. What is your rotation?
7. Your location (Time Zone) and regular playtimes?
8. When can you NOT make raids? (Face on Fire raids are Tues and Thurs from 6 to 10 server)
9. Name of your last guild?
10. Why did you leave? (Why are you leaving?
11. How did you hear about us? (If it was from a guildie, then who was it?)
12. Tell us a bit about yourself. You can take this in any direction. A few ideas: You could tell us about your job, your family, your dog, etc. Write as much or as little as you want. The idea is to help us get to know a bit more about you.
13. What are your computer specs? (Processor, Video Card, RAM)
14. Screenshot of your interface in combat ( You can upload pics on http://www.photobucket.com , imageshack.us , and other similar sites).
15. And finally: Do you prefer Pancakes or Waffles?

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